Britain’s drivers count the cost of Labour’s diesel folly 

Posted: April 3, 2017 by oldbrew in government, ideology, pollution, Travel

An embarrassing U-turn by the promoters of pointless carbophobia as diesel cars get the role of public enemy.
H/T Daily Mail via GWPF

It’s less than 20 years since the Labour government – backed by the vociferous green lobby and most of the scientific community – urged motorists to abandon their nasty, carbon-emitting, petrol-engine cars and convert to diesel.

With hindsight, looking at the names of the politicians who pushed this revolution – John Prescott, Neil Kinnock (then EU Transport Commissioner), Gordon Brown – we should have known it would end in tears. But at the time we were assured that driving a diesel was good for the planet and buying one was doing a public service.

With the help of generous tax incentives, the number of diesel vehicles on our roads rocketed from just over 6 per cent of the total in 1990 to around 40 per cent. Diesel cars have increased in number on British roads from six per cent in 1990 to around 40 per cent today as a result of favourable tax policies introduced by Labour politicians.

But how dramatically things have changed. In what seems like no time, diesel drivers have gone from being public-spirited citizens to demons. They are now told their cars are a menace, spewing out nitrous oxides and toxic particles and contributing to the deaths of thousands of people every year.

One pressure group describes the rise of diesel as ‘the biggest health catastrophe since the Black Death’. And to complete their misery, there are plans to penalise diesel motorists by charging them up to £20 a day to drive in 35 towns and cities across England.

They have a perfect right to be furious. Through no fault of their own they are being fleeced and of course the poorest, who don’t have the option of changing to a car with lower emissions, will be hardest hit.

Source: Britain’s Drivers Count The Cost Of Labour’s Diesel Folly | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘nasty, carbon-emitting, petrol-engine cars’ – was always nonsense.

    Carbon dioxide (chemical formula CO2) is a colorless and odorless gas that is vital to life on Earth.

  2. Bitter&twisted says:

    And it is not as if these Liebore apparatchiks were not warned. A high level manager from Shell, an expert in combustion, told them that “the inherent nature of the diesel combustion process guaranteed high NOx and particulates” and “no foreseeable technology could change this”.
    But, as he told me, they were obsessed with CO2, so completely ignored him.
    They should be prosecuted for manslaughter.
    Tossers every last one of them.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    The supposed horrors of Diesel are as fictional as the supposed horrors of petrol. Look at the mandatory smog standards. Nothing much escapes the particle traps, cat converters, etc.

    Both Diesel and petrol engines of the last decade are dramatically cleaner than those of the 1960s, and we did not go extinct then…

    I remember topping The Grapevine overlooking the Los Angeles basin (hardest place to keep the air clean…) in the ’60s and seeing nothing but grey soup for miles to the horizon. In the last decades, you see clear air and a city almost all days. Yet I didn’t die, or even get sick, in the ’60s.

    Either trust your smog standards and forget about demonizing vehicles by type, or dump the standards and accept the political theatre method of regulation…

  4. tom0mason says:

    “Sheeple! Buy diesel!”
    “Sheeple! Don’t buy diesel!”
    “Sheeple! Buy battery cars”
    “Sheeple! Buy SMART meters!”

    As the lights flicker out all over the UK…

    “Sheeple! Stop charging-up all those dang vehicles!”
    Meanwhile back in Westminster —
    “Prime minister, there’s a lot of agitated people coming with flaming torches and pitchforks…PM!
    PM where are you? …”

  5. oldbrew says:

    They could open up cities to electric mopeds…

    With no moving engine parts, there is very little to go wrong on your electric moped.

  6. Keitho says:

    We are told by fans of government snooping on all of our communications that if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear. Well excuse me but diesel cars were virtuous and now, in a heartbeat, they are horrible killers.

    Just think how easily anything you have been doing innocently and legally can become a crime and the state has a record of you doing it.

    As for the drive to diesel. We were told that “the science” was settled and we had to switch to save the world. Now “the science” says that we have to go back to petrol or better yet to electric cars, that wind turbines and solar panels will save the world. Remember how bio-diesel was the way to a low carbon future but instead it is worse than oil and it is wrecking our food crop prices.

    The only bit of “the science” that has any actual experimental underpinning is that CO2 is a radiative molecule. That’s it. Everything else is some yahoo building a fabulous green castle in the air around what CO2 might do.

    When the public at large wakes up to how badly they have been mislead there will be bodies hanging from lamp posts.

  7. dennisambler says:

    Steve Milloy has followed the PM scare for years. His research is meticulous unlike the current re-vamped scares. An idiot for FoE on Newsnight last said that babies were being born with smaller heads because of diesel pollution. In order to save the TV from destruction, I turned it off.

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  9. Mary P says:

    Now “the science” says that we have to go back to petrol or better yet to electric cars, that wind turbines and solar panels will save the world.

  10. oldbrew says:

    BBC: Diesel-car drivers respond to new charges

    Motorist: “Just how clean is a new diesel car in reality? Can we believe anything anyone says?”
    – – –
    UK politicians and VW sales staff are probably not high on the most-trusted list when it comes to the public’s car-buying decisions.

  11. oldbrew says:

    BBC: PM hints at help for diesel car owners over ‘toxin tax’

    The PM said she would “take into account” that drivers were encouraged to buy diesel by previous governments.
    – – –
    The chief scientist under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown has admitted successive governments were wrong to encourage people to buy diesel vehicles.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Polluted London sets its sights on cars

    Labour mayor Khan refuses to wait for the government to draw up its new action plan.
    “The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing,” he said this week.
    Khan has already promised to ease out of circulation diesel buses and taxis, and will in October introduce a new £10 daily “toxicity charge”, or T-charge, for the worst polluting vehicles in central London.

    He has now announced plans for a new £12.50 charge by 2019 for diesel cars more than four years old and for petrol cars more than 13 years old.

    This is in addition to the £11.50 existing “congestion charge”.