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:
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