Monday, May 01, 2006

Carbon trading/Congestion charge

Typically rainy start to bank holiday Monday - hopefully it will blow over in time for us to do some more door knocking. My mum has arrived to help out over the last few days and with the polling day operation. She's also a recent new recruit to Worcester Green Party.

Just read an article on BBC news about how power companies are set to make an extra £1bn windfall profit due to the EU carbon emissions trading scheme. Don't know all the ins and outs of it, but it seems scandalous that shareholders are getting this 'free money' at a time when householders are seeing massive prices increases in their energy bills and when we really need to see a big investment in renewables. We need desperately need carbon quotas and tougher control on carbon emissions, but this seems to be benefitting big business more than people or planet:

In another article, the BBC reports that the US Embassy now owes £271,000 in unpaid congestion charges in London. They are claiming diplomatic privilege. What a load of rubbish. It is a road toll, British diplomats pay road tolls in the US, if they want to dodge the congestion charge then they should switch to low emissions vehicles or take the bus like the rest of us. Also amazed that the diplomats from Nigeria, Sudan and Angola have run up such huge unpaid congestion charge bills - take the tube guys!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Totally agree - we Brits pay our tolls in the States