It is very clear that despite media attention, and pressure on the motorist by our government, the car is not the main contributor to global warming. The quickest way for us to reduce the carbon footprint generated by man, would be to convert existing coal power plants to nuclear, which is a much cleaner energy source. It is likely that these conversions alone would be enough to turn the tide of CO2 production, and it is confusing as to why there is not more media attention on this subject. We have known about this for decades, and yet little has been done. In contrast the pressure on the motorist has been slowly increasing for more than 20 years, and it's certainly now out of hand.
What is more frustrating and annoying, is that there have been a series of government initiatives designed to penalise car owners because of their CO2 output. This technique is greedy and unfounded. The end result can also be incredible unfair. For example, someone who has purchased a powerful Petrol car for weekend only use might only do 2-3000 miles a year. Yet they will pay much more road tax than someone who has bought a family sized car that they do 25,000 miles per year in for their business. In this scenario the person creating more CO2 is paying less tax, because of an unfair system.
But isn't there is already a fair way of taxation for the amount of CO2 produced? By this I mean which is the tax on fuel.
The more you drive, the more CO2 you use… and the more you pay - seems fair right? This also encourages people to purchase more efficient cars that produce less CO2, as they will be cheaper to run. I am afriad the additional revenue generated by road fund licences is greedy, and unfair to the motorist. It is a source of great frustration, that is is dishonestly peddled as a green initiative, when it is actually just another unfair tax.