ULEZ Extension: Damning New Report Shatters ‘Scientific’ Claims Made By London Mayor Khan

Posted: March 22, 2023 by tallbloke in Accountability, alarmism, Analysis, atmosphere, Big Green, fraud, government, ideology

The alarmist foundation for ULEZ expansion has disintegrated.

Read the new Together Declaration & Climate Debate UK report by Ben Pile demonstrating that neither the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) nor the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) find evidence of a causal link between air pollution and mortality.

Despite Khan claiming that 4,000 Londoners die each year, both UKHSA and COMEAP explicitly advise against framing the potential mortality risk associated with air pollution exposure in terms of deaths because it is untrue and unscientific.

This sends a lightning bolt through Sadiq Khan’s irresponsible and dishonest claims that ULEZ expansion would ‘save lives’ – seemingly the only argument ‘left in the locker’ given the public, London boroughs, and even London Labour MPs, are against this scheme. When the science and economics of anti-car policies are fully considered, the evidence suggests they are very likely to do far more harm than good.

Click here to download the report

  1. oldbrew says:

    Say goodbye to the motorist vote, Mr. Mayor.

  2. saighdear says:

    Huh, not ANOTHER one ? This https://www.iqair.com/air-quality-map?lat=57.144555&lng=-2.106472&zoomLevel=10 sends a lightning bolt through Sadiq Khan’s irresponsible and dishonest claims, too. Many places APPEAR to be worse than London, yet are all “green = good”

  3. Phoenix44 says:

    There are many problems with the claims but perhaps the biggest is that there is no biological mechanism identified with PMs causing harm. There is simply no medical evidence that exposure to PMs causes heart attacks or premature deaths.

  4. jeremyp99 says:

    Steve Milloy over at junkscience.com has been onto the PM2.5 scam for years…


  5. saighdear says:

    jeremyp99, No Science, No Bodies, Just Fraud, but the court claims a child DID die of this. but nobody talks of that or the simple facts seen here: Hull is worse, I said H U L L !! if you would even believe it: https://www.iqair.com/air-quality-map?lat=57.144555&lng=-2.106472&zoomLevel=10 and then Munlochy is worse than Inverness here: https://www.iqair.com/air-quality-map?lat=57.144555&lng=-2.106472&zoomLevel=10 WTF ! and Inverness is planning to be ahead of the game – look what it did to sturgeon playing above its weight https://www.iqair.com/air-quality-map?lat=57.144555&lng=-2.106472&zoomLevel=10

  6. oldbrew says:

    The Guardian version…[This article is more than 7 years old]

    Nearly 9,500 people die each year in London because of air pollution – study

    Counting impact of toxic gas NO2 for the first time suggests more than twice as many people as previously thought die prematurely from pollution in UK capital

    – – –
    The trick word is ‘prematurely’. If a death ‘n’ years early, assuming ‘n’ could be measured, is a premature one – who decides what ‘n’ is, and how?

  7. catweazle666 says:

    “who decides what ‘n’ is, and how?”

    The likes of “Pantsdown ” Ferguson and their computer games – er, sorry – models!

  8. ivan says:

    Don’t they realise the push for battery cars will make the perceived problem worse because their extra weight increases particle production from the tyres and road? But then none of this stupidity is based on real science but only on emotions.

  9. emhmailmaccom says:

    This paper for the London NHS from 1999 prior to the congestion charge negated the need for the charge on pollution grounds and as things have gotten substantially better pollution wise in the last 20 years certainly negates the need for any emission zones ULEZ etc. on any health grounds.

    Click to access transport-health.pdf

    The conclusion even in 1999 were as follows:

    As far as London is concerned, we draw the following conclusions:
    • The level of toxic vehicle emissions is falling both nationally and in London. In London it is falling particularly rapidly, as a result of the introduction of catalytic exhaust gas converters in 1992, particle traps, improved engine technology, improved fuels and tax incentives. These improvements are set to continue in spite of national traffic growth, which is not matched in London itself. Continued efforts to reduce particulate emissions remain worthwhile, and can be achieved by the enforcement of existing legislation. A large proportion of this kind of pollution comes from a small proportion of the vehicles
    • Public opinion is strongly of the view that traffic congestion and air pollution remain major problems in London and that traffic-generated air pollution damages their health
    • Central government, its agencies and local government actively promote atmospheric pollution as a major health problem in London
    • But London is now (in 1999) one of the world’s least air-polluted megacities (over 10m inhabitants) according to WHO and UNEP standards. It is in advance of New York and Tokyo and Los Angeles, which has particular geographic and meteorological problems that cause the concentration of atmospheric pollution.
    • Government and its agencies could promote London as an essentially healthy city from the point of view of atmospheric pollution. Smoggy London ceased to exist in the 1950’s and traffic emissions have diminished rapidly in the 1990’s. On the other hand London can not be promoted as a city free of filth, rubbish and litter.
    • The DoH COMEAP discounts the health effects of all but three traffic related pollutants: SO2, particulates and ozone. These outcomes can be summarised as follows:
    o Lead emission from traffic has been almost eliminated.
    o Carbon monoxide from traffic (as opposed to smoking) is not a health problem in the concentrations normally encountered in London.
    o Ozone levels are lower in London than in most other parts of the country. · In early to mid 1990’s traffic was responsible for over 20% of the SO2, but measurements in Central London indicate that this had fallen substantially by 1998.
    o Similarly, traffic used to be responsible for over 75% of particulates, but there appears to have been a dramatic fall since 1996. The attributable additional costs to the DoH of these factors in the demand for additional services are small.
    • In 1998 the costs to the NHS directly attributable to traffic in London were of the order of:
    o Accidents £ 94m about 1 50th of the London NHS medical budget
    o Pollution £ 7m about 1 600th of the London NHS medical budget
    • In the international literature, where adverse health effects have been identified the uncertainty around the ‘damage’ or ‘cost’ estimates of emissions is typically large. The high degree of uncertainty is due to an absence of reliable data and the variability of circumstances. Where authors have reported ‘best’ estimates of the external costs associated with road transport emissions these are often small.
    • The efforts now in progress at national and local level to introduce and attain National Air Quality Standards and to put in place Low Emission Zones do not appear to have been given a justification on grounds of saved health costs. They may not be justified on grounds of the avoidance TRANSPORT and HEALTH in LONDON page 5 of the occasional discomfort of air quality incidents.
    • The economic basis of the levels set for National Air Quality Standards should be scrutinised, with reference to the estimated benefits and with full attention to costs of compliance borne by individuals and the local economy. The significance of exceedances of such artificial standards on health is not evident, except in the promotion of adverse publicity
    • The international literature suggests that emission levels and their costs vary quite substantially by vehicle type, fuel type, location of use and age. There is some evidence that targeting specific vehicle types and ages could significantly reduce emissions. The most damaging pollutant from a health point of view is probably particulates – often generated by old design or badly maintained diesel engines – produced in urban areas.
    • Continuing efforts should be made to reduce atmospheric pollution from particulate matter and existing measures should be enforced. This may be justified on the basis of reduced health risk but possibly not on the basis of saved health costs.
    • There may be evidence that particulates, especially PM2.5 , can cause damage to health in the long term. The reductions in particulate emissions now in train are wholly beneficial but they will not necessarily reverse the damage caused in previous decades.
    • Lead can now be disregarded as a health threat and the history of its elimination is an illustration of how a mixture of fiscal incentive and appropriate physical regulation can stimulate rapid change in behaviour. This experience and success in reducing particulates to date both point towards means for achieving more in this area.
    • Better quality diesel fuels have made a contribution in the past and continued attention to the fuels used is warranted – including consideration of fundamental changes to new kinds of fuel.
    • Traffic reduction in London will probably only be justified on the basis of the non-health costs and benefits. Few traffic reduction measures are justifiable on health grounds.
    • For London, congestion charging, if it is implemented by the elected Assembly, is likely to have a more noticeable impact on local traffic volumes than fuel-price based instruments. The further effect on air quality would probably be small and this is also true of other traffic management measures – even though they may be highly beneficial for other reasons.
    • Even though the UK has a good comparative record on traffic accidents, there should be concern that the numbers of some types of accident (cycle and car) in London are currently rising.
    • However worthwhile improvements to the health of individuals would be achieved by the promotion of a modal shift from the use of the car to walking or cycling, especially if this can be achieved without an undue increase in the numbers of road traffic accidents.

  10. Dodgy Geezer says:

    The fact that there is no evidence that ULEZ is good, and lots that it is bad, is irrelevant.

    The ‘Narrative’ trumps ‘evidence’ every time.

    At the moment pilots who have been forced to have vaccinations are collapsing with heart problems. The response from the FAA? Reduce the pass level for heart fitness….

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