Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t like the british Department of Transport. In fact, he loathes it. On many occasions he made that pretty clear. For example, if you take a look at his most recent posts on Drivetribe, you will get this first hand. However, most recently he published a short column about the new anti-diesel measures some european cities have put into effect. Within just a few words he starts a rant embodying the best Clarkson-style wrathfulness.
What is the hassle all about?
But first, let’s take a closer look at these measures to get a decent understanding of the underlying context of Jeremy’s column. Over the last few months, more and more cities all over Europe have announced that they want to reduce air pollution caused by particulate matter. Therefore, in December 2016 Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico-City announced that they want to ban all diesel cars from their urban areas by 2025. To achieve this goal, they founded the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The C40 houses around 90 cities from all over the world – London is one of them.
According to The Guardian, recent research has shown that air pollution “is now the biggest single killer in the world”. However, this will cost a lot of money. In a report regarding the reduction of air-pollution in Mexico City, around 375 Billion US-Dollar will be needed cut the pollution in half. Numbers for other cities haven’t turned up yet.
Clarkson feels that Brits are being mucked about
Jeremy Clarkson on the other hand thinks that the British people are being treated unfair. Some time ago the government told people to buy a diesel because it was deemed to be “good for the environment”. Because diesel engines burn fuel more effectively than petrol ones, they eject fewer carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, we now know this isn’t enough. But for Clarkson the same administration will just use this whole climate doom-mongering to rob people of their money.
Clarkson reckons that it will only be a matter of time before “the gullible lunatics who run Britain will be leaping onto the bandwagon” and ban diesel cars from major cities. Well, he might not be that far away from the truth. Jenny Bates of Friends of the Earth reportedly prompted London’s mayor Sadiq Khan to measure up. Anyway, Clarkson himself won’t buy another diesel – at least not in the foreseeable future. He thinks that you shouldn’t either.
Now it’s your turn: What do you think about the climate measurements Clarkson criticizes? Are you sharing his opinion? Please let us know in the comments down below.