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Greenwashing the Report

Through green tinted glasses we read; Leading article: Driven to distraction - Leading Article - The Independent

The latest report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee agrees with the Government's policy of imposing higher road tax on heavily-polluting vehicles. Indeed, the committee encourages the Government to go further in incentivising drivers to make more environmentally-sound choices of vehicle.

Or as the Telegraph has it:

Government's green car tax plans in disarray - Telegraph

Treasury plans to impose £2 billion of green taxes on 13 million motorists have been savaged by an influential group of MPs.

The damning verdict of the Environmental Audit Committee, on the proposals to increase road taxes next year, will now lead to even greater pressure on the Prime Minister to abandon the controversial measure.

The rise in road tax offered "little benefit" to the environment and gave green taxes "a bad name", the MPs said.

The Government had not even attempted to calculate the environmental impact of the plans and the move is seen as a revenue-raising measure that has been "greenwashed."

The BBC tries to balance it all up:

BBC NEWS | Politics | MPs sceptical over car tax rise
A committee of MPs has expressed scepticism over the government's plan to increase from next year car tax for "gas-guzzling" vehicles.

The Environmental Audit Committee's official report backs the move as a "step in the right direction".

But chairman Tim Yeo said the benefit to the environment would be limited, and called for more ambitious changes.

Ah, I thought if Tim Yeo was involved then idiocy couldn't be far away

Comments

The Environmental Audit Committee (http://www.parliament.uk/eacom/), was set up to please Friends of the Earth in 1997, a Blair sop to the Greens. Trouble is, once set up they have to justify themselves. It helps to be on a committee like this if you can influence legislation and you might benefit from it, (fully declared, no sleaze): Eco City Vehicles - Environmentally friendly vehicles
http://www.allipo.com/articles/29978/ipo-eco-city-vehicles-first-day-of-dealings

The Directors believe that the introduction of global automotive legislation and EU emission standards are, and will continue to be, a major factor for the growth in sales of emissions-reducing products and technologies such asselective catalytic reduction, exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filters technology for NOx.

Directors & management team: The Board of the Company will initially comprise four executive directors and four non-executive directors.Timothy Yeo (Non-Executive Chairman)

Peter Ainsworth is also a member, another Blue/Green, speeches etc here:
http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=4950

Interesting to read the members interests, http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee/members_interests.cfm

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