Friday, May 28, 2010

How Green Is Our Government ? (Part 2)


The last time we made mention of governments proposed vehicle emissions tax, (to come into effect on September 1) we touched on two aspects that warranted criticism.

Two further areas of concern is the impact it will have on the already beleaguered motor industry, and the fact that our fuel is of such a poor quality that low running CO2 vehicles are unable to run on it. In essence, purchasers of new vehicles are to be penalised for the fact that our petrol (as we like to call it), isn't up to global standard.

I recently read an excellent Peta Lee article (Now on our Forum) suggesting that if it is simply indicative of governments relentless commitment to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, we can all look forward to having to make way for blue flashing tinted windowed black Ford Fiestas, racing up and down our highways.

Let’s not forget ……

A government contract was awarded to Hitachi Power for development of the coal fired Medupi Power Station in Limpopo Province. The ANC's investment arm Chancellor House has a 25% shareholding in Hitachi Africa and allegedly stand to gain R1billion from the deal. It would be exceedingly reassuring if monies gained were used to offset carbon omissions, however for those who live in real world, that’ll be the day they all drive Ford Fiestas.

Ernest Roper
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