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Greenies should be driving V8 Petrol Range Rovers

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The eco-mentalist focus on global warming, or "climate change" as it is nowadays is beginning to have serious negative consequences on urban air quality and on the health of people who live it British cities.

This is because the toxic fumes produced by diesal-engined cars - promoted as a "green" alternative to petrol because of its reduced CO2 output - are significantly more damaging to health than those from petrol engines.

The research, published by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change shows that diesal-related air pollution contributes to lung disease, heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems.

The findings are an embarrassment for successive governments, which have been conned by the climate-change agenda into encouraged a switch to diesel since 2001 by linking road and company car tax to CO2 emissions.

Diesel engines have long been promoted as "green" by car makers, governments and environmental groups because they produce less CO2 than petrol.

And vehicles with poor fuel economy and high CO2 emissions are also penalized by higher fuel duty tax, while diesels are not subject to road tax or congestion charges.

As a result of all this focus on CO2, petrol car sales are now 15 per cent down since 2011.

But the new research estimates that diesel-related health problems cost the Country more than 10 times more than problems caused by petrol fumes.

And only last year, the UN WHO declared that diesel exhaust caused cancer and was comparable in its effects to secondary cigarette smoking.

No account is being taken of the health damage done by diesel fumes because CO2 emissions are seen as the sole benchmark for environmental responsibility.

And the Campaign for Clean Air, a London watchdog group accused the government of deliberately exacerbating health problems by in effect subsidizing diesel.

A 2011 test by government to measure emissions from vehicles in everyday use concluded that, while petrol emissions had improved by 96 per cent, emissions of nitrogen oxide from diesel cars and light goods vehicles have not decreased for the past 15-20 years.

And I'm glad to be doing my bit by continuing to drive a 4.5 litre V8 Petrol Range Rover Vogue.  And who'd have thought you could call me a greeny?


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