Brian Gregory ABD
Brian Gregory – ABD

Very soon:

  1. You will be permanently deprived of unrestricted freedom of movement over the entire UK road network that you currently enjoy.
  2. Vehicle powertrain choice will be steadily reduced – before being withdrawn altogether.
  3. A number of local authorities have revealed plans to make the use and ownership of private cars – even fully electric powered ones (EVs) “history” by 2041.
  4. You will have to apply, Communist state style, for permission to use a communally accessible, car-club or state-owned electric vehicle [see Ref.1].

Why? Within the provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008, and by possibly as early as 2030, government intends to have legislated to ban the sale of internal combustion engined vehicles (ICEVs), whether diesel, petrol or hybrid [Ref.2]. According to the Parliamentary Science and Technology Select Committee: “private vehicle ownership and use is incompatible with significant decarbonisation” [Refs. 3, 4, 5, 6].

Related decarbonisation policies will mean that:

  1. You will not be permitted to catch foreign – or even domestic – holiday flights.
  2. Domestic heating will restricted to using electricity only – gas will be banned.
  3. You will be compelled to have gas or oil heating installations removed and replaced with electric; necessitating an energy-inefficient, unaffordable-in-operation, £20,000 heat pump and larger radiators.
  4. Energy usage will be SMART meter monitored, capped – and even switched off – if permitted usage levels are exceeded, see: https://www.technocracy.news/uk-paves-way-for-smart-meters-to-directly-control-home-appliances/.

All of this legislation arises from an alleged “Climate Emergency”; to which the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; https://www.ipcc.ch) asserts we must respond. This “emergency” only exists in climate modellers’ computer-generated projections.

Real world temperature show (at best) erratic warming; in no way inconsistent with our emergence (commencing about 11,000 years ago) from the last Ice Age (see figure above). The overall temperature trend since the Minoan Warm Period peak is actually a declining one.

Nevertheless, government has committed us by 2050 to reducing our Man-made carbon dioxide emissions to zero. This was done without any meaningful public consultation, feasibility study or cost-benefit analysis.

Even global adoption of Net Zero policies would have minimal effect on temperature change: an estimated 0.1°C by 2050 and 0.2°C by 2100 [Ref.7]. The UK contributes just 1% of Man-made CO2 emissions; which are themselves only about 5% of the gases’ total emissions; 95% of which arise from natural sources.

Far from being anywhere near the high end of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, the current 0.042% (420ppmv) has been trending historically towards the minimum level (c.170ppmv) for terrestrial plant life sustainability (see below).

A final sobering thought: the Global Warming Policy Foundation estimates the cost of implementing Net Zero policies to the UK economy; .i.e., to its taxpayers, is £3 trillion. This is £100,000 per household, or equivalent to annually funding a £100Bn HS2-scale project every year for the next three decades, for no tangible benefit.

References:

  1. West Midlands Combined Authority Net Zero implementation strategy: "It’s impractical on electricity supply grounds to convert all cars to EVs to deliver net zero by 2041 (the WMCA target). Therefore: “by the time we reach 2041, a majority of people will not own cars, with most car use taken up on an ad hoc basis through electric car clubs. All other journeys are completed by walking, cycling, scooters, and the use of buses, Metro and trains.”and,in five to fifteen years[there will be] a regional vehicle scrappage scheme “wherein it is more advantageous to swap a petrol-powered car for a travel pass or CAZ-compliant second-hand car than it is to trade it for a new vehicle” (see: https://www.sustainabilitywestmidlands.org.uk/news/wm2041-west-midlands-combined-authority-publish-net-zero-plans/?fbclid=IwAR1Drnq-7GPuVlKTPboBIYejDddFlMaBJ-CvOXn5mKZhSe4NxCSfcb7G-QU). 
  2. Exeter has similar plans: https://www.exetercityfutures.com/insights/net-zero-exeter-plan/
  3. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878642/decarbonising-transport-setting-the-challenge.pdf
  4. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consulting-on-ending-the-sale-of-new-petrol-diesel-and-hybrid-cars-and-vans
  5. https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/64938/dominance-of-car-must-end-if-uk-is-to-meet-net-zero-emissions-target-says-dft-report
  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52064509
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49425402
  8. https://www.cfact.org/2020/03/03/eliminate-fossil-fuels-now-u-s-climate-model-says-why-bother/

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