Britain is being sued by the EU Commission for breaching air pollution limits as emissions ( nitrous oxides and particulates) from diesel cars are contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. Mr E King the President of the AA said that drivers were encouraged to go for diesel as there was hysteria over carbon dioxide. This is the big greenie lie and deception promoted by the greenie politicans at Westminster and their unknowledgable lackies in the media, the "environment" correspondents of the broadcheets, the self appointed "experts" many of whom know little about the environment! The lie that carbon dioxide emissions from humans is harming the environment!
It was Brown who brought in the scheme to penalise those vehicles that emitted higher carbon dioxide levels.Tax breaks in the form of lower car tax were given to those who bought diesel vehicles. This when all along it has been the fine particles and nitrogen dioxide from diesel vehicles that are the causes of air pollution not carbon dioxide. Drivers of diesel vehicles will no doubt remember this betrayal when the general election comes round in 2015. The greenie politicians were warned at the time that diesel vehicles emit "ten times the fine particles and up to twice the nitrogen dioxide". Over the past decade the number of diesel vehicles on UK roads has risen from 1.6 million to over 11 million and accounts for a third of all vehicles on UK roads. . Frank Kelly the chair of the Department of Health committee on air pollution said the public were still being misled about the benefits of diesel cars with plenty of information about CO2 emissions but nothing about the pollution these cars emits. He said that government policy needed to be founded on the best science available. This can only be interpreted as a criticism of government policy.
It is reported that about 18 cities in the UK could be forced to impose higher charges on diesel vehicles. London is the European capital most polluted by nitrogen dioxide which is closely related to asthma and respiratory diseases. By World Health Organisation (WHO) standards 96 percent of British urban dwellers are exposed to dangerous levels of particulates. A study by Public Health England has reported that the risk of dying from air pollution in central London is four times higher than in other parts of the country. The WHO has classed diesel fumes as a cause of cancer.The paticulates in diesel fumes contain soot which has been identified as a cause of increased global warming in places!
(report by Steven Swinford, Nick Collins and Geoffrey Lean Daily Telegraph 2 August 2014)