government called for lower car emissions, the immediate reaction from the auto
industry was ‘we cant do it, unless we charge 30pct more for our cars’.
THIS IS NOT TRUE
We believe that
there is an alliance between the auto industry across Europe and the Green Tax raisers like Ken
Livingston and Gordon Brown, and the other treasury ministers of Europe.
They know that
they can raise billions in taxes from car drivers before being forced into
making cars actually lower emission levels, and the auto makers want to cash in
on that as well.
That assertion is
now being challenged by the Union of Concerned Scientists. source
Yesterday the UCS
unveiled a minivan design that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more
than 40 percent while saving consumers money and keeping safety and performance
intact. Besides it uses off-the-shelf technologies, including the engine,
transmission, and fuelling systems, saving the litigious manufacturers millions
in R&D costs, it enables them to drop their legal challenge to emissions
standards and get back to work making cars that people can drive without
despoiling the planet.
Meeting laws for
fighting global warming should be no sweat for the automakers. They already
have the solution to pollution right under the bonnets of their own cars and
We all want to
save the planet, to lower dramatically the pollutants from cars, but this is up
to government and the car makers, it must not be allowed to be used as an
excuse to add more financial burden on the already overtaxed car owner.
I will be doing a
little more digging on this subject, and will update with more information.