‘Green’, Carbon Neutral, and Greenwash* have all become buzz words but when the politicians jump on the bandwagon theres a problem. That problem is called ‘Money raising’.
While i will not argue that humans can damage the planet and that some car things are bad the alternative infrastructure is not there since in England it either is not regular, or is hard to get to. Railways there might be ok north to south, but east to west is not really possible or fast, The Government decided to close down these routes too, it was not a commercial decision, lest we ignore the failed strategic reasoning in there logic the better for to call the wise ‘mentally retarded’ is probably a crime in there eyes.
The economics of england mean travel is a necessity, not a ‘luxury’.
So you have a war to fund in Iraq (nothing to do with oil honest), and that other place beginning with ‘a‘ (my blog and something to with an oil pipeline) Funding it easy with Green taxes – aha that should do it !
This (bbc) is interesting as the ‘pro’ green/labour ideals get shot down when the greenwash is seen through by the bbc which is normally left and trendy on these issues. Reality its called.
Green taxes are ok in concept but Innovation should be the driver – for instance the car of the future should be less carbon evil. Those on the road now will be replaced and the cycle goes round.
Money raised via tax is a funny thing, for instance selling gold to fund international development (which Gordon Brown did) made less money as the market expected the commodity dump and so less ‘development’ was done as less money was made and Gordon Brown (now its prime minister) screwed Englands gold reserve. Cool eh !
Is money green ? no and thats when the problems start, yes planting trees is a good idea and that needs some money but the problem again is with the economics.
They say demand for oil is rising. I would counter that by saying bankers are buying oil production in the future, not selling it so creating a fake demand price. It is easy to say the oil is running out, and exploding storage plant or two and those banks and can make a fortune on fear.
The problem exists yes but if the bankers and politicians were not so greedy and allowed science to do its job then things will be resolved.
To think that a politician will ‘save the world’ is asking for trouble.