The Green Con - the public aren't fooled.
Scotsman.com News - UK - Vanishing lakes prove impact of man
A GENERATION ago it was a vast deep blue sea teeming with life. Now the Aral Sea is sick and green and a fraction of the size it once was.
What was once a living mass of water brimming with fish providing a living for the thriving fishing villages on its shores is now, 40 years later, a slimy dark green mess suffocated by pollution and vast swathes of salt mountains.
These images, from the latest edition of one of the world's most authoritative atlases, show the stark changes global warming and mankind have wrought on the face of the planet.....
Mick Ashworth, editor in chief of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, said: "We can literally see environmental disasters unfolding before our eyes. We have a real fear that in the near future famous geographical features will disappear forever.
"Of the main changes we've been noticing over the last few years, the most evident is the Aral Sea which has shrunk 75 per cent in the last 40 years....
And as I have pointed out before, this is old news, nothing to do with global warming and being partially reversed. Over a year ago this story appeared:
The Aral Sea, which was once drained of 75 percent of its water, has this year taken on millions of cubic feet of new water years ahead of schedule, surpassing even the sunniest predictions made when a new dam was completed last summer.
With each month the water pushes back the desert just a little more.
The picture they are touting this story with was taken in 2004. No wonder that:
• NEARLY two-thirds of the public believe ministers are using environmental fears as an excuse to raise tax revenue, according to a new poll.
Research suggests the cynicism is justified - with green taxes bringing in £10 billion more for the Treasury than it would cost to offset the entire UK's carbon footprint.
The figures are contained in a dossier compiled by pressure group the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA).
A YouGov survey for the TPA found only a fifth of people thought politicians were genuinely trying to change behaviours using the tax system, while 63 per cent believed they were using the issue as an excuse to pull in more cash.
Nearly four-fifths voiced opposition to the government's so-called "pay-as-you-throw" schemes to encourage recycling.
Some 60 per cent said fuel duty was an unfair tax, while 45 per cent thought the same about air-passenger duty - which was recently doubled by the government. Opinion was evenly split over whether people approved, in principle, of extra "green" charges on motoring and air travel - with 46 per cent saying they did not and 45 per cent saying they did.
Using previous international climate-change research, the report estimated that covering the social cost of carbon emissions would have cost £11.7 billion in 2005. But receipts from "green" taxes such as fuel duty, road tax and the Climate Change Levy totalled £21.9 billion. On average, every UK household paid £400 more in levies than it cost to cover their own footprint, the TPA said
Matthew Elliott, TPA chief executive, said:
"Politicians have been using green taxes as a revenue-raising measure and are trying to win support for new ones by exploiting concern about climate change. We need more honesty about the costs of extra green taxes when British taxpayers already pay some of the world's highest pollution charges."