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There is no vaccine for any of these. The government must make it easier and cheaper to do the right thing, and more difficult and expensive to destroy nature or pollute our rivers and oceans. We can see where this is already working. Consider electric cars: renewable electricity means driving without the dangerous emissions from an internal combustion engine.
Last year, only 6.6% of new cars were electric. Well, why don’t we copy Norway – the most successful country in making the transition.
Norway’s car tax is much higher than ours, but it does not apply to fully electric vehicles. Therefore, buying them is a no-brainer. Couldn’t we do something like that in the UK?
It’s not easy after Covid calls for tax cuts, so how about a change in taxes?
We are going to raise the tax on gas guzzlers and put it down on clean electric cars.
Then there is domestic fuel. The government imposes a higher tax on the electricity bill than on gas. This means that clean electricity is taxed and dirty gas is not.
Why not transfer the tax? Most people have gas and electricity, so they would hardly notice – but if there is a choice, it would help to encourage them to use clean electricity.
Rishi Sunak found £ 2 billion for greenhouse donations, but not much was used and half of that had to go back to the Treasury. It seems that the scheme was very complicated.
How about using part of that money to cut VAT on green home improvements?
Covid forced us all to buy more in the mail. This usually means more emissions on delivery and returns. Better shopping on the High Street. However, we don’t make the mail order giants pay the same commercial taxes that shopkeepers pay. How about a delivery tax on non-electric deliveries and a big cut in commercial fees?
Most people want to do the right thing. We will make it easier and cheaper.