There is no green in Formula One

Many people enjoy Formula One racing in which extremely powerful cars race around a racetrack over a season. I am not one of those who enjoy motor racing or indeed driving, but that is a personal thing and I ought to declare my prejudice against the “sport of F1 at the outset. Continue reading

Petrol price rewards the polluter!

The United Kingdom’s economy is in recession at the moment – that means that the size of the economy is shrinking. However, inflation is rising and the consumer price index rose to 1.9% in November and the Retail price index also rose (for the first time to 0.3%. Continue reading

Electric cars – part of the solution

In China there are plans to launch a new electric car which can hold five passengers and travel 250 miles on a single charge. It also might be fully charged in an hour. If the claims are justified the E6 will transform the automotive market and the technology I am sure will be adopted by all the major car manufacturers. For the environment this is good news, as the electric car will not produce dust, soot and particular emissions. Continue reading

Money for new cars but not for solar panels

Today the UK “scrappage” scheme comes into operation. It was announced in the Budget by Alistair Darling just a few weeks ago, as an environmental measure, but it is really a measure to try to help the car industry which has been suffering in the recession. If you have a car that it more than ten years old you can get £2,000 for scrapping it, towards the cost of a new car. Continue reading

How Green Was Mr Darling’s 2009 Budget?

On Wednesday Mr Darling presented his budget for the United Kingdom. I have listed to his speech and read the official budget papers about the environment, which are headed “Building a Low Carbon Recovery. I downloaded the document from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/22_04_09bud09_chapter7_193.pdf but no doubt you can find it elsewhere. The Chancellor claims that this budget will build a economic recovery which is founded upon a low carbon economy. Continue reading

It is too early to think about subsidising electric cars

A great deal of publicity has been given to the United Kingdom Government ideas (not policies or laws, simply ideas) to subsidise electric cars by giving free money of between £2,000 and £5,000 to those that buy electric cars and scrap their old petrol or diesel cars. Continue reading

I shall not anticipate a green budget

On 22nd April the Government of the United Kingdom will announce their budget for the forthcoming year. This is when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Darling, will announce how much money the Government will expect to receive from taxation, and how much money it expects to spend. Continue reading

The environmental policies of the US Presidential candidates

The election of the President of the United States of America is the most important event that will take place this year. The United States is the world’s most powerful and influential country. Its leader, subject to the checks and balances of the United States Constitution provides leadership. Although the President cannot put all of his ideas into law, he (or she) will be able to direct policy which will not only affect Americans but also affect the whole world. Continue reading

Fighting nature- what will happen when the fossil fuel and uranium runs out?

What will we do when the fossil fuel runs out? We seem to have no strategy for this. Obviously energy is the essential enabler for the way we now live. It provides heat and power for ourselves and our work, our homes our industries. Can anyone working in an office today imagine doing so without the electricity to power their computer or without what we have become used to as sufficient heating. Who now washes in cold water? Continue reading

How people are driving smaller cars and what we must do next

In less than four years before the Olympic Games are held in London, the population of the world will exceed seven billions. All those people will have to be fed, clothed and kept warm and healthy but many of those people will be driving cars. Continue reading