The chancellor is under fire from both Labour and Conservative MPs over the changes he announced to annual road tax (vehicle excise duty, or VED) in this year's budget. What has united these critics is the proposal to raise – and, in many cases, double – the road tax on those cars with the worst emissions that are already on the road. Cars in Band F that were bought between 2001 and 2006 are currently charged £210 a year. From 2010, this will go up to between £270 and £455, depending on the amount of their emissions.
This is unfair, say the critics. Green tax is meant to change behaviour – otherwise, it's just a tax. Unlike fuel duty, VED doesn't vary with the amount you drive. So changing behaviour, in the case of VED, can only mean changing people's mind about which car to buy. But how can people change their mind about a car that has already been bought?
Plans to cover swathes of the countryside with wind farms will cost every family at least £260 a year in higher fuel bills, it emerged yesterday.
The Government said the sacrifice was needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet EU targets for green energy.
Under £100billion plans unveiled by Gordon Brown, at least 4,000 wind turbines will go up in some of the UK's most beautiful scenery, while another 3,000 will be built at sea.
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for the preparation of independent Economic and Environmental Impact Statements before Australia or New Zealand introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme.The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for the preparation of independent Economic and Environmental Impact Statements before Australia or New Zealand introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme.
The chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said it was staggering that politicians could consider such a huge speculative venture with no Prospectus, no independent economic assessment, no environmental impact statement, no due diligence and no sunset clauses.