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The perfect storm of self satisfaction – greenwash wrap

By johnboy 8 August 2008 21

Mr. Stanhope is rather pleased with himself. The fastest law in the west is going to make “Green Vehicles” stamp duty free.

    The Scheme would encourage people to buy low emissions vehicles by rewarding them with a stamp duty discount based on the environmental performance of the vehicle. Vehicles that score the highest environmental rating would attract a 100 per cent stamp duty discount while vehicles with an above average environmental performance would also pay reduced stamp duty rates.

Interestingly this appears to ignore the environmental footprint of the production of the vehicle, and by excluding second hand vehicle sales, is going to encourage some serious resource consumption in new vehicle production.

But it doesn’t end there.

We’re also congratulating ourselves for “abating” 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. Apparently the equivalent of 95,000 cars.

My dictionary says the definition of abatement is “the ending, reduction, or lessening of something”. Did we actually reduce emissions by this amount? Or did we pay someone who promised to plant some trees?

Apparently only 14% of the “abatement certificates” were from renewable energy so that’s lot of trees out there. I hope they don’t get sold twice.

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imhotep 10:21 pm 08 Aug 08

frank2112 said :

“As for the Prius batteries. How do we get rid of them when they die and at what cost to the environment.”

How do we get rid of the hundreds of millions of phone batteries we all carry around?

Hybrids are a compromise, not the silver bullet for the world’s pollution problems,
-but, like wind farms, solar panels and turning off the lights, they are a step in the right direction.

To compare them with Hummers is ludicrous.

(And yes, they are ugly compared to an old beetle, but they don’t leak oil or break down, and the steering wheel doesn’t go through your chest in a prang.)

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