We depend on them to safely take us across ploughed fields, and deeply rutted submerged tracks, with water above the sump. Then after a quick hose down they scrub up sufficiently to ferry the family to church on Sunday, or a visit to the aged parents.
It was 15 years ago that Tony Blair’s chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, who had no qualifications in climate science, told MPs that the world was warming dangerously fast. He advised that as diesel vehicles emit less CO2 than petrol, the Treasury should manipulate the tax system to encourage motorists to switch, which thousands did.
We are now told that diesel vehicles produce nitrogen oxide and toxic pollutants, which is being linked to 12,000 premature deaths, and now diesel drivers are to be financially penalised. So much for that ‘green’ policy.
Drax was the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal-powered station in Europe. Now, thanks to Ed Milliband’s Climate Change Act, making Britain cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent in just 40 years, this once highly efficient power station has been switched from burning coal, to burning millions of tons of wood pellets. It now emits far more CO2 than when burning coal. You couldn’t make it up.
The wood is shipped 3,500 miles from the US, where vast acreages of virgin forest which soaked up CO2 are felled. To replace these forests will take hundreds of years.
Why we seem to stumble from one mad cap energy policy to another is a mystery. There is very little joined up thinking - where are the experts? It would appear that many of these policies are being driven by people who have an eye on a quick buck, and absolutely no common sense, or wish to protect humanity.
The next scandal will be when people become ill, and there are more premature deaths relating to new Energy Performance Certificates targets.
We were never designed to live and work in hermetically sealed, air tight units. To keep healthy we need a constant flow of fresh air with no harmful toxins and pollutants.
Due to the ill thought out building regulations, and new directives regarding EPCs, required for new properties, and those rented out in the private sector, a health time bomb is gathering pace.
It is now unlawful to build homes, or rent out properties which breach the requirement for a minimum E rating, which require buildings to be air tight tombs. Fines of up to £5,000 will be imposed on landlords, if breached.
These regulations result from Mr Milliband’s Climate Change Act. What they do not do is give any consideration to those who live and work in these air tight spaces.
Many homes are full of toxins and unhealthy gases from cleaning fluids to chemicals used to fireproof sofas and soft furnishings.
Old properties such as those built in Victorian times, were designed to allow buildings and their inhabitants to breathe. They have chimneys, non-airtight outer doors, and cavity walls encouraging air flow, which we are now being urged to fill with chemical foam. The result of which, in many reported cases is creeping mould with harmful spores.
Only last week it was reported that micro fibres from our clothes and materials around the house are getting into the water system, and ending up in the oceans where they are being ingested by the fish we eat. They have also been found in honey, so not only are we breathing in harmful fibres and toxins, so too are the bees.
What is more important, the population’s health or this mad dash to comply with Mr Milliband’s crazy Climate Change Act and other ill thought out policies.?