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Budgeting for environmental disaster
Another 'green' Budget and another disappointment. It seems Labour will never grasp the nettle on a truly environmental future even when President Obama shows the way and makes it a legitimate option.
Even the British scrappage scheme is not restricted to new small cars like in Germany, France and other countries, but open to all those gas-guzzlers - probably because those are the only ones made by UK car manufacturers.
So, as is many areas, it's business as usual and the 4x4s like Warriors and Aventuras and sports cars like Vanquish will continue to be driven by their owners as their names suggest - conquering and trashing the planet.
GREEN OR OBSCENE? The mileage counter
Miles by car: -758
Miles being driven: -122
Miles by train: +827
Miles on foot: +128
Miles by bike: +0
Miles by bus: +31
Miles by ferry: +0
Total: +106 (running total: -2059)
This week's mileage total is pretty average but I'm still in deficit because of last summer's flight to Sardinia and back. On the bright side over the last year - the second for which I have collated the records for this blog - I have cut my total distance travelled by 1,600 miles with car travel down by about 1,400 which is good.
And that means the proportion of miles travelled under my own steam or by public transport has risen from 43% to 51%. That's a fantastic result and I'm chuffed that I've done so well. If it wasn't for the fact that I need a car at odd hours of the day and to get to places without public transport then I would ditch it and do even better.
I still haven't got going on my bike though - maybe this year!
Miles by car: -6001
Miles being driven: -836
Miles by train: +7854
Miles on foot: +1497
Miles by bike: +0
Miles by bus: +73
Miles by ferry: +30
Miles by plane: -2060
Total: 18351 (a surplus of 548 'green' miles)
In this section
- Battling the forces of blandness and uniformity
- There's more than one side to an argument
- Climate action now on agenda
- Energy bill rises could have been avoided
- Borrow to beat climate change
- Nation needs those billions, not the bankers
- Fuel price rises can't be insulated
- Scuttle this coal commitment
- Live and let live
- Paying the price for oil addiction