Global environmental challenges
Fuel for thought
Soaring petrol prices and worries about global warming have convinced many motorists that now is the time to go green.
But if our heads have been won over, our hearts may take a little longer, to judge from a visit this week to the British International Motor Show in London.
One stand, the Electric Vehicle Village, was devoted to, well, electric vehicles, designed to glide silently through city streets without emitting any polluting fumes. People were staring dutifully at the little plastic buggies on display.
One of them was painted all over with green leaves, just to make the point. “A nasty little car”, was the verdict of one man.
A short distance across the hall, the Range Rover stand was playing host to a much more excited crowd. Visitors were scrambling all over the big SUVs and sitting contentedly in their plush driving seats.
If these people were worried by the hefty amounts of CO2 that these “Chelsea tractors” emit, they weren’t showing it.
Are we ready to go green? The case has been made on sensible economic and environmental grounds, but who really believes that our love affair with the car is ever rational?