By Brian Gregory, Alliance of British Drivers (ABD)
(Editors’ note: the views expressed on Voters for Motors represent a broad range of opinions. VfM seeks to provide a forum for respectful, data based debate and opinion. We welcome submissions from all sides of the transport and environmental community. VfM will not publish articles and comments that, in its view, are libellous or gratuitously offensive.) You may not realise this, but if you don’t do something about it very soon:
- You will be permanently deprived of the unrestricted freedom of movement over the entire UK road network that you currently enjoy.
- Your choice of vehicle powertrain will be steadily reduced – before it is withdrawn altogether.
- By 2041 a number of local authorities have revealed plans to make your use and ownership of private cars – even fully electric powered ones (EVs) “history”.
- You will likely have to apply, Communist state style, for permission to use a communally accessible, car-club or state-owned electric vehicle.
Think we are mad to make these allegations? Think again [see Ref.1]. Why are they even being proposed? As part of the provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008, and by possibly as early as 2030, the government intends to have legislated to ban the sale of internal combustion engined vehicles (ICEVs), whether diesel, petrol or hybrid [Ref.2]. The Parliamentary Science and Technology Select Committee has even gone as far as to say that: “private vehicle ownership and use is incompatible with significant decarbonisation” [Refs. 3, 4, 5, 6]. Not only that, related decarbonisation policies could mean that:
- You will not be permitted to catch foreign – or even domestic – holiday flights.
- Your “choice” of domestic heating source will be restricted to electricity only – gas will be banned.
- If you already have a gas or oil heating installation, you will be compelled to have it removed and replaced with an electric one; necessitating an energy-inefficient £20,000 heat pump and larger radiators.
- In operation, it will be unaffordable.
- Your energy usage will be SMART meter monitored and capped if you exceed permitted usage levels, or cut off in periods where there is a supply imbalance
All of this legislation arises from an alleged “Climate Emergency”; to which it is asserted we must respond by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; https://www.ipcc.ch).
Nevertheless, resulting from IPCC pressure, the UK government committed the United Kingdom (via the 2008 Climate Change Act) to be Net Zero complaint; meaning our Man-made carbon dioxide emissions would have to be zero by 2050. This was done without carrying out any meaningful public consultation, feasibility study or cost-benefit analysis.
The effect of even global adoption of Net Zero policies on temperature change would be minimal: 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.
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.
So besides massive liberty and mobility restrictions, you will also be substantially more impoverished. Do you recall being given any opportunity to influence this legislation? Perhaps this scenario for your future doesn’t appeal? Then you need to start doing something NOW about stopping it from happening; otherwise you and your descendants will not only be substantially more impoverished, you’ll also be relegated to climate serfdom.
1. Read the ABD response to the (now closed) ICEV phaseout consultation: https://www.abd.org.uk/abd-response-to-the-proposed-petrol-diesel-hybrid-ban/
2. Also download the bullet point information sheet on this topic here: http://www.votersformotors.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Re-appraiseNetZerov5-2020-08-18.pdf , then:
3. Write to your MP (find him/her here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP)
(i) Opposing the accelerated ICEV sale phaseout timetable,
(ii) Seeking comprehensive, scientifically-balanced Environmental and Economic Impact Assessments and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Net Zero Emissions Policies
(iii) Re-appraisal of the legislation accordingly
- 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). Exeter has similar plans: https://www.exetercityfutures.com/insights/net-zero-exeter-plan/