|London, 2 Oct 2006.
For immediate release.
"Politicians are using carbon dioxide emissions as their criterion of choice. Accordingly they should use the dust-to-dust figures for a particular car, not figures based solely on emissions when in use. True vehicle life cycle energy costs — and hence total carbon dioxide emissions — are very different from those used in misguided attempts to force lifestyle changes on the public. For example the total life cycle energy costs of a Hummer H3 4x4 are 40% less than those of a typical hybrid car. Environmentalists would regard a Hummer as somehow obscene, yet like most 4x4s it has a smaller carbon footprint than hybrids, and by a wide margin."
"If we can't trust politicians to take the trouble to get the basics right on something as simple as carbon dioxide emissions, why should we trust them on the larger scale, more complex, and potentially more costly environmental issues? They seem keener to make politically correct gestures than to get the science right. CNW Marketing Research have carried out detailed vehicle life cycle energy calculations, this research is what politicians should be pointing us to if they are genuinely interested in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Even then, if they believe their own rhetoric on carbon dioxide, they may wish to think again in terms of the Little Ice Age which independent scientists warn is due to cool our climate starting around 2012."