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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by The _Don, May 1, 2014.
Interesting, but is it not the choice of two evils.
It was not that long ago a similar push was the issues arising from the use of petrol....and if we want to see real problems what about the use of aviation fuel......?
I guess the point really is do we want to go to electric, steam driven or similar cars.......we have a choice.
As ras8963 says, choose your poison.
UK government is obsessed with CO2, rightly or wrongly, so the focus is on reducing that and hence diesels are cheaper to tax to encourage their use.
Different countries are more concerned with air quality so petrol and hybrids are the preference there.
Whatever you do you're polluting. Good to educate people that diesel is no holy grail though.
And therein lies the root of the problem.
Scientifically illiterate politicians, advised by environmental "experts" with similar credentials
We're doomed, I tell ye, we're doomed...
Old news, load of rubbish. Petrol engines emit more PM2.5 and smaller by volume.
Typical Daily Wail crap.
A study in California...where there are no passenger car diesels...
"This week, Professor Frank Kelly, chairman of the Department of Health's committee on air pollution, said diesel engines could be responsible for more than 7,000 deaths a year because of the pollutants they emit."
...In comparison to what? To 1,000 deaths caused by Petrol, or to 10,000? The paragraph above is meaningless without a comparative figure.
That fumes from burning fosil fuels kill people, we already know. The question was however if switching from Petrol to Diesel increases or decreases the number of deaths per year, and this is not really answered by the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail are indeed wrong to briefly mention a 'research' without providing proper references.
But I suggest that you take the time to read the original research: