Sunday, May 08, 2011

I can now imagine what lease cars my employer will provide for us in the future. Several of these dotted around our patch and charged up ready for travel. One of the main criticisms centred upon the safety of driving one of these among larger and faster vehicles. With diesel and petrol now respectively at £1.41 and £1.37 per litre and continuing to rise, I don't believe there will be that many vehicles on the road as driving will be too expensive for most of us. I have amended my driving habits over the past year because of the cost of fuel and from my experiences of driving over the past six months so have many other people. Driving at lower speeds to conserve fuel, only used for necessary journeys and only fuelling up when nearing empty. A properly considered transport policy is needed for the next ten years with the emphasis upon public transport as well as the above and including bicycles.But a transport policy needs to be realistic and applicable to the wide open spaces of ruralshire and not just focused upon city and town centres. i.e. Looking beyond Islington and Notting Hill. So these little electric cars may be useful for large companies but perhaps not for small companies or individuals. Hence the need for decent affordable public transport.

If the oil is running out and I believe this is the real driver behind the ridiculous carbon tax nonsense then the world as we know it is no longer feasible. I'll nail my colours to the mast and state we do need nuclear power plus some alternatives if we are to power these electric vehicles as well as all of our our power needs. Mind you, I have been saying this for the past decade to friends and family. When they point out the dangers of nuclear and point to wind turbines I usually point them to some of the excellent sites for more information regarding wind powers efficacy. I also ask them to regard the bicycle and horse power as their future transport options because UK governments over the past twenty years have kept their heads buried in the sand regarding future energy needs.  But it goes beyond personal transport because transporting goods, foods, etc... is increasing costs and will impact upon availability as well. We could see the situation one day where oranges and bananas become luxury items affordable for the rich only. So Nuclear Power, Ja Danke should be the response when asked how to provide energy... sadly we are lumbered with Chris Huhne as energy minister. If he is the answer what was the question?


Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Yes indeed.

The only people round here who are driving like maniacs still are young kids (how the hell can they afford the car/insurance/fuel?), white van men and company reps.

I filled up our) highly efficient at 60mpg+) diesel Clio the other night. It cost nearly £76. I nearly died.

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