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A real emergency delivers brief respite from climate doomsters

Paul Biggs Environment spokesman Alliance of British Drivers Tamworth, Staffs B77
03 April 2020
 

The ‘Green Blob’ are clearly frustrated that a real emergency in the form of a deadly pandemic has resulted in daily climate doom-mongering being displaced by Covid-19 updates. 

That said, every cloud has a silver lining for misanthropes who think that the temporary serious disruption of the economy and transport should be a permanent way of achieving Greta’s climate communism utopia. The resultant falls in emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter have replaced the gleeful exploitation of the victims of extreme weather events. 

Meanwhile, personal isolation transport such as cars, motorbikes and bicycles avoid the virus transmission risk of public transport, while lorries and vans maintain the essential supply chain to food shops. 

I’m lucky because I live within easy walking distance of two small local food shops and I have no desire to drive to larger supermarkets to compete with potential virus-carrying panic-buyers. For now I’ll just buy what’s available locally. 

I retired ten years early and my wife has worked from home for the past 20 years. There’s not much to look forward to at the moment under ‘lock down’, although it’s a small price to pay given the seriousness of the current situation. It’s frustrating that at a time when petrol/diesel prices have fallen and the weather has dramatically improved we can’t go anywhere. The domestic holidays we had planned in our motorhome are cancelled and our Greek holiday at the end of May is unlikely to happen. 

When the situation inevitably returns to normality, including daily climate doom-mongering, perhaps people will have a had a glimpse of what Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions will look like in terms of the economy and lifestyle. 

Meanwhile, I had the symptoms of coronavirus in December/January, but I have no way of knowing if Covid-19 was the culprit. Maybe I should ask Covid-19 self-diagnosing Greta Thunberg, who seems to have added medicine to her unqualified climate expertise!

 
 
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