London, 24 Aug 2002.
For immediate release.

Contact: Bernard Abrams

Press Release

Environmental Awareness Begins at Home
"Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilisation to collapse."

(Maurice Strong, Head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro)

As the 2002 Earth Summit in South Africa gets underway, the Association of British Drivers welcomes moves to reduce poverty and improve all earthlings' quality of life. However, this costly Earth Junket, attended by politicians and spin doctors, is unlikely to achieve much in these directions. With enterprise and mobility under threat, quality of life in the UK and beyond will plummet under proposals to tax conventional energy production and private transport off the planet.
* Are environmentalists the new imperialists? This question was posed by Professor Deepak Lal in a lecture at the Liberty Institute in Delhi, where he made a sustained attack on the new cultural imperialism of international Greens and their local networks. The professor commented that in his view this new imperialism needs to be resisted - its claim is to save the environment, but its practical effect in many instances will be ruinous for poor countries while achieving little else.
* in the UK, the cost of fully implementing the Kyoto sanctioned reductions in carbon dioxide emissions will ultimately cost Britain 5% of its GDP and increase unemployment by up to 1 million, according to analysts DRI-WEFA. Already the UK has the highest level of fuel tax (duty and tax) in Europe, and current government thinking on road tax hikes shows that politicians are still keen on mugging motorists.
Not implementing hard-line green policies will cost us the planet, claim environmentalists, but as the ABD will show, scientific research from across the globe totally refutes the scaremongering stories and publicity stunts used to frighten the public and so hasten politicians into compliance.
As environmental awareness should begin at home, the ABD suggests that Mr Meacher should now be tackling the problem of indoor pollution. Dr Jeff Llewellyn of the Government Buildings Research Establishment has pointed out some time ago that the air in the average UK home is ten times more polluted than city smog, but this is evidently of little concern to the Blair administration - presumably because it would be difficult to use for justifying tax hikes and controls on mobility. However, tackling the problem effectively could have a major impact on the nation's health. and asthma sufferers in particular would derive significant benefit. Successive reports have shown that asthma increases are linked to indoor, not outdoor, conditions - outdoor air quality has improved rapidly for years while asthma cases have risen.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed - and hence clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary"

(H.L. Mencken)

Further reading:
Climate Change Truths

Notes for Editors