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Archive for January, 2009

Climate Change Scandal?

Global Warning Scandal?

Today I read this little item entitled The amazing story behind the Global Warming Scam in which John Coleman casts grave doubt on the legitimacy of blaming carbon dioxide for our problems. Change is happening of course, no doubt about that, but the direction that change is taking us – and who or what is responsible – I think that’s a lot more in doubt than some would have us believe.  

Peter Scargill

The Obscene New Jaguar XFR

I was reading in the papers about the new Jaguar XFR high performance sports saloon which will, it is claimed exceed 225mph with it’s 510bhp V8 engine.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not an environmentalist, I’m not even a socialist and I most definitely don’t eat any greens… but perhaps my change of attitude over the years is something others increasingly share?

As a teen back in the 70s I’d be drooling over such a car just as I drooled over my first 3-litre, power-bump-equipped Capri! But today somehow, none of that really seems appropriate.

We live in a time when we’ve already seen the effects of fuel shortages, where we are left in no doubt at all about the damaging effects to the environment (climate change) and people (record levels of asthma and allergies) of pollution – and here we have the press celebrating a car that is designed to exceed most legal speed limits by 3 times – and suck in as much fuel as possible in the process, no doubt throwing out proportionate pollution in the process.

By glorifying such designs we send a clear message to the next generation – we don’t give a toss about the environment or law – as it’s much more important that we get our kicks!

I drive a luxury, comfortable car which sounds like it’s idling at 70mph and is ideally suited to faster roads of Europe, yet it’s top speed is more than enough to get me a ticket almost anywhere in Europe, acceleration is good enough to get me out of a jam and it’s fuel consumption exceeds 40mpg – which means in terms of efficiency and environmental factors it competes favourably with most family cars.

Would it not be better if Jaguar and other designers who are very capable of influencing the young, put their skills to moving the car out of the 20th century, not just by producing token hybrids to put up at shows but by mass producing something that will help us reduce our dependency on people who would like to kill us, that would no longer contribute to polluting our air and which would be safe. NONE of that means such a vehicle can’t be exciting. There is no reason at all why hybrid and electric cars have to look like toys as some recent models have shown – and performance can still be well-acceptable… it’s all down to mind-set.

As it stands, the new Jag in the context of today’s issues really to me seems like the height of stupidity.

The Obscene New Jaguar XFR

I was reading in the paper today about the new Jaguar XFR high performance sports saloon which will, it is claimed exceed 225mph with it’s 510bhp V8 engine.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not an environmentalist, I’m not even a socialist and I most definitely don’t eat any greens… but perhaps my change of attitude over the years is something others increasingly share?

As a teen back in the 70s I’d be drooling over such a car just as I drooled over my first 3-litre, power-bump-equipped Capri! But today somehow, none of that really seems appropriate.

We live in a time when we’ve already seen the effects of fuel shortages, where we are left in no doubt at all about the damaging effects to the environment (climate change) and people (record levels of asthma and allergies) of pollution – and here we have the press celebrating a car that is designed to exceed most legal speed limits by 3 times – and suck in as much fuel as possible in the process, no doubt throwing out proportionate polution in the process.

By glorifying such designs we send a clear message to the next generation – we don’t give a toss about the environment or law – as it’s much more important that we get our kicks!

I drive a luxury, comfortable car which sounds like it’s idling at 70mph and is ideally suited to faster roads of Europe, yet it’s top speed is more than enough to get me a ticket almost anywhere in Europe, accelleration is good enough to get me out of a jam and it’s fuel consumption exceeds 40mpg – which means in terms of efficiency and environmental factors it competes favourably with most family cars.

Would it not be better if Jaguar and other designers who are very capable of influencing the young, put their skills to moving the car out of the 20th century, not just by producing token hybrids to put up at shows but by mass producing something that will help us reduce our dependency on people who would like to kill us, that would no longer contribute to polluting our air and which would be safe. NONE of that means such a vehicle can’t be exciting. There is no reason at all why hybrid and electric cars have to look like toys as some recent models have shown – and performance can still be well-acceptable… it’s all down to mind-set.

As it stands, the new Jag in the context of today’s issues really to me seems like the height of stupidity.

Waste-of-space protesters at the Airport

The green-munching environmental protesters at Heathrow remind me so much of the anti-nuclear bunch back when I was a kid – a bunch of bored middle-class rebels who’s only achievement was to set back the progress of alternatives to coal by 20 years or more. I can’t help thinking they’re really still getting back at their parents. A bunch of silly, idealist girls and boys with nothing better to do than go off on a cause. The headlines said it all “sat and ate cakes and sandwiches” – for goodness sake – no doubt ONLY “fair-trade” cakes !!!

If they really want to reduce pollution they’d be better off holding a rally in protest against the very REAL pollution coming out by the billions of tons daily  from certain far eastern countries – or better yet, go off and do some research into stopping volcanoes erupting or cows farting!

They are not going to stop us all travelling around the world – only excessive pricing will do that… sadly those of us who’d like to go down there and give them a good punching simply don’t have the time – maybe these people don’t have jobs? I can see where Alistair McGowan might have nothing better to do but as for the rest?

Such wasted effort CANNOT make any significant difference to the environment compared to the crap that the likes of CHINA is putting out. If we TOTALLY eliminated all the damage we do to the environment (which is impossible) – the difference would not be worth a LIGHT in comparison. These protesters would be FAR better employed sitting outside of the Chinese embassy or encouraging the public to boycott cheap Chinese imports – which would also serve the dual purpose of boosting the UK economy at a time when it really needs the help! Simple economics will ensure that aircraft designers continue to push the boat out in making their planes more efficient – not a bunch of overgrown schoolkids.

One wonders if they WALKED to these protests or used some form of pollution-generating transport to get there, in their fancy hats, no doubt produced half way across the world and shipped over here at what cost to the environment.