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BBC Plug Silly Survey

May 25, 2020

By Paul Homewood

h/t Jonathan Scott


BBC confuse “CO2” with “clean air”:


British drivers are ready to change their behaviour to maintain the cleaner air of the lockdown and protect the environment, a survey suggests.

Of the 20,000 motorists polled for the AA, half said they would walk more and 40% intended to drive less.

Four in five would take some action to reduce their impact on air quality.

It comes after researchers warned the dramatic improvements in air quality in recent weeks could be quickly reversed as the coronavirus restrictions ease.

As well as walking more and driving less, a quarter of motorists said they planned to work from home more, another quarter said they would be flying less, while one in five plan to cycle more.

"We have all enjoyed the benefits of cleaner air during lockdown and it is gratifying that the vast majority of drivers want to do their bit to maintain the cleaner air," said AA president Edmund King.

"Walking and cycling more, coupled with less driving and more working from home, could have a significant effect on both reducing congestion and maintaining cleaner air."

Meanwhile, the AA is warning drivers in England – now able to drive to destinations for exercise or open-air recreation – against travelling to tourist destinations this Bank Holiday Monday.

"Drivers should think about how far they need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors," Mr King said.

Traffic surge fears

The UK government has pledged £250m for improvements in cycling and walking infrastructure and many British towns and cities are already making more road space available for pedestrians and those on bikes.

It is the first part of a £5bn investment announced in February, the Department for Transport said.

But the official advice from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as some people start to go back to work is that people should drive rather than use public transport, when walking or cycling is not a viable option.

Researchers warned that traffic could surge back onto the roads, in a study published last week.

They found the dramatic fall in traffic has been key to the 17% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that was recorded at the peak of the coronavirus crisis in early April.

Surface transport emissions emissions – including vehicles and industry – declined by 43%, the same as the drop from industry and power generation combined.

In addition to Harrabin, who is the Environmental Analyst, the BBC also now have a “chief environment correspondent”, Justin Rowlatt. Formerly the BBC’s SE Asia correspondent, he started his new role last year.

Quite what the difference between the two roles is, I have no idea. But it is not their money they are spending, so why should the BBC worry? Besides it must be very tiring for Harrabin, having to produce all the fake news and propaganda all on his own!

As for the article, all I can say is dream on, Mr Rowlatt!

Nothing has actually changed. When we all go back to work, we will still need our cars as much as ever before, just for the same reasons.

People always want to virtue signal in polls like these, just as they say they will pack up drinking every January.

Getting out walking and cycling during these last weeks of sunny furlough no doubt is enticing to many. But when the sun disappears and we are back to wind and rain, forget it.

  1. Graeme No.3 permalink
    May 25, 2020 9:54 am

    By the end of this year there will be complaints about traffic jams, especially from BBC staff who liked the freer roads as they drove to “work” during the shutdown. .

  2. Simon Kelly permalink
    May 25, 2020 9:58 am

    I intend to drive more. Lots of catching up to do. More hills to walk in other parts of the country.

  3. Bertie permalink
    May 25, 2020 10:25 am

    Do they understand the difference between CO and CO2? Of course, to the activists it doesn’t matter – they just use the word carbon!

  4. Keith permalink
    May 25, 2020 10:28 am

    Yes, and that idiot Shapps was crowing about his transport policy and the revolution to make more people walk and cycle. First question though, is Shapps setting an example and now doing away with his ministerial car and cycling to Parliament and the Transport Department? I very much doubt it. He like all the others are just hypocrites.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      May 25, 2020 11:35 am

      1/2M x £50 voucher scheme to get your bicycle out the shed and repaired – Shapps knows how to waste money, but I doubt they’ll be much of a take up (although it seems like another gift for fraudsters – so the fund will probably be exhausted in an hour).

      As he recognizes the need to use cars for safety – why is he encouraging councils to block/reduce the capacity of main roads for a minority of local pedestrians and cyclists?

      Love to see the excuses when the e-scooter KSIs start mounting up too – why trial/legalize something that has gone bad everywhere else it was tried?

      Check out the last paragraph – it’s a doozy.

      • bobn permalink
        May 25, 2020 12:35 pm

        Has this Socialist giveaway scheme been launched yet? If so where do i apply. I still have most of my kids old bikes in the barn so I’ll get them all to apply to get their old bikes repaired. Since its my taxes swhapps wants to give away i better grab some of it back!

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        May 25, 2020 5:31 pm

        Still half baked, no firm details as yet I don’t think, other than ‘from next month[June]’.

  5. LVJohn permalink
    May 25, 2020 10:47 am

    Does the BBC still provide the free taxi service for all their employees that park cars in the BBC car park to save them a 5 minute walk?

  6. Ariane permalink
    May 25, 2020 11:18 am

    Wasn’t the United States Environment Agency trying to get carbon dioxide legally defined as a pollutant? Any high school student should know that CO2 is a natural and vital and clean gas, but, hey ho, when the BBC has an ideology to promote and the money to do it…

  7. May 25, 2020 11:29 am

    The survey seems to be rather different to what the markets are seeing :

  8. David Ashton permalink
    May 25, 2020 11:32 am

    My wife and and I have been keen fell walkers all our lives, even though we are now into our seventies, until the lockdown, we would drive up to the Lake District once a week to do a decent hike. We have seen the increase in popularity of cycling as now every second car which speeds past us on the M6 has a couple or more bikes lashed to its rear.

  9. Bloke down the pub permalink
    May 25, 2020 11:42 am

    I am one of the respondents who took part in that AA poll. At the end there is the option of giving opinions and I took the chance to point out a couple of their questions were loaded to give a desired answer.

  10. Broadlands permalink
    May 25, 2020 1:21 pm

    “They found the dramatic fall in traffic has been key to the 17% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that was recorded at the peak of the coronavirus crisis in early April.”

    And while global economies were failing and falling it was reported that the Mauna Loa Observatory recorded another new record for CO2 in the atmosphere. Lowering CO2 emissions doesn’t take CO2 out of the atmosphere.

  11. May 25, 2020 1:26 pm

    Intentions rarely reflect actions!

  12. HotScot permalink
    May 25, 2020 4:07 pm


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