Following a Transport Committee oral evidence session on Low Carbon Vehicles, I have received a letter from the Minister, Norman Baker MP (no relation). It’s not necessary to reproduce the lot, but I do wonder if car enthusiasts, or indeed drivers generally, realise that:
… the Carbon Plan 2011 showed that we need to virtually decarbonise the car fleet by 2050 and new cars by 2040 to meet our 2050 80% GHG reduction target. To have a reasonable chance of meeting this target we need new car CO2 emissions to be between 50 and 70g in 2030. This is only a little over 15 years, or 3 product cycles, away.
This is apparently why the Government has “developed a comprehensive range of measures to stimulate the early market”. So there we have it:
- An assumption of state collectivism in property (“the car fleet”),
- Carbon emissions legitimising central planning (“the Carbon Plan“),
- Fantastic targets (the unexciting 1.0 litre Toyota IQ produces 99 g/km),
- Extensive intervention in motor manufacturing.
I feel sure that the implications of the Climate Change Act 2008 have not yet been fully realised by either politicians or the public but I wonder why so many environmentalists seem to conduct debate as if they had lost the argument.
In the meantime, I see energy bills are due to soar. Anyone blaming that on free markets is offering little but propaganda.