The Great Folly Of Our Age–Booker

Posted: April 9, 2017 by oldbrew in Big Green, government, ideology
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Booker describes how fortunes are being wasted on so-called ‘green’ schemes, while achieving little except loss of reliability in the national electricity supply.


By Paul Homewood


Booker with a hard hitting piece about the Climate Change Act in the Mail:

What a parable for our times the great diesel scandal has been, as councils vie to see which can devise the heaviest taxes on nearly half the cars in Britain because they are powered by nasty, polluting diesel.

This week, it was announced many diesel drivers will soon have to pay fully £24 a day to drive into Central London, while 35 towns across the country are thinking of following suit. Already some councils charge up to £90 more for a permit to park a diesel car.

The roots of this debacle go back to the heyday of Tony Blair’s government, when his chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, became obsessed with the need to fight global warming.

Although he was an expert in ‘surface chemistry’ — roughly speaking, the study…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Is there some light at the end of the climate dogma tunnel?

    Date: 09/04/17 Tim Shipman, Political editor, The Sunday Times

  2. If what makes it “dirty, nasty diesel” is carbon dioxide emission, it is just insane alarmism; if it is “black” carbon particles emission, it is a long-known fact, about previous generations of diesel engines, that I understood was fixed in later car engines. If it is nitrogen-oxide emissions (NOx), again those need a particulate substrate–a nucleation species–to last any length of time in the atmosphere without being thoroughly dispersed.

    The key is almost certainly to assure more complete combustion of the diesel fuel. I learned years ago that can be easily done with gasoline engines–with mileage per gallon increased by a full 20 percent, guaranteed–by adding just a few ounces of acetone to a tankful of gas; this information can be found on the internet, as I did long ago. I use 1.5 ounces of acetone per 10 gallons of gas in my car, and get that result, for many years now (diesel would probably require a higher dose). I haven’t looked into whether adding acetone to diesel in one’s fuel tank will work as well, or at all, but I would suggest the authorities ask their fuel experts to try it and report back on it, with the idea of fixing diesel emissions that way. It is probably too simple a solution to actually work with diesel, but your entire system of government is in the throes of insanity, so I mention it, in good faith (this is the kind of thing a Ben Franklin would suggest, and become a hero for suggesting, when it actually worked fairly well).

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    harrydhuffman (@harrydhuffman) says:
    April 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    VW AUDI SEAT SKODA are forcing drivers to use urea additive to reduce NOx

  4. oldbrew says:

    BMW and Merc also use a similar additive. VW group were trying to cut corners and got their fingers badly burnt.

    ‘The injection rate depends on the specific after-treatment system, but is typically 2–6% of diesel consumption volume…Within the SCR catalyst, the NOx are catalytically reduced by the ammonia (NH3) into water ( H2O) and nitrogen (N2), which are both harmless; and these are then released through the exhaust.’

  5. Harry Passfield says:

    In order for 12k people a year to be dying today they will need to have been exposed to particulates for the last 30-40-50 years. Those were the days when diesels really were dirty (certainly as much as STOR is now). But modern diesel cars are not that dirty. This is a scam. And those, like the Mayor of London, know so.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    Will the restrictions on movement and the demand for money apply to busses, trucks etc.? Will the army still be able to practice with tanks? And what about the STOR (diesel) backup emergency electricity generators – will they be able for use if they are installed near habitation?

  7. tempestnut says:

    Booker as always makes a good point, but spoils it with his inference that the danger with diesel always was NOx and the unmentioned particulates. Unfortunately for Booker he is guilty of not doing his homework and cherry-picking just as the environmentalists do.

    For a person that has diligently done his homework on the Asbestos scam, its a shame that he alludes to NOx being the great danger to health, when it is no more a danger than CO2, given that the concentrations of NOx are vanishingly low. Not only this but any of the EU published studies are focused on NOx compounds that don’t come from vehicle exhausts.

    There is no doubt that NOx from exhausts caused or contributed to smog, Los Angles and Athens are two cities particularly hit, but both those cities have predominantly petrol engine cars and despite the fact that the Catalytic converter has reduced this to a fraction of what it was during the 70’s and 80’s these cities still get smog due to their geographic location and climatic conditions. To blame everything on one source is always wrong and completely counter productive.

    Particulates, and in particular PM2.5, said by the EPA to be able to kill within hours of being inhaled are in fact harmless. Not one line of evidence exists anywhere that supports the danger from PM2.5. Its just another way of attempting to destroy our way of life with a false clamed that no individual has the means to disprove. PM2.5 is always higher in you home than it ever is in the street. Perhaps we should ban our homes.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Date: 14/04/17 Catherine Sanz, The Times

    Ireland is unlikely to avoid having to pay multimillion-euro fines for missing emissions targets, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned. The country is “doomed” to face hundreds of millions of euros in sanctions.

    EU draconian climate lunacy in action.