posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 03:30 PM
reply to post by Dispo
Thank you Dispo for a very interesting and informative post
On the subject of smoke/smoking/pollution:
I have never heard a satisfactory rebuttal or refutation to the "why not ban cars" argument to date. It's simply dismissed or ignored. However, I
think it's a pivotal argument which demands a reasonable explanation. Several years ago the UK government aggressively targeted smokers and, more
specifically, smoking in public areas. They waged an expensive and expansive campaign and forced through a ban on smoking in public places/workplaces
despite widespread objection. They even resorted to sleight of hand and deception (promising publically, exemption to private members clubs then
quietly revoking it prior to pushing the bill through) under the auspices of 'conern for public health'.
However, the amount of damage done by passive smoking pales into insignificance when you consider the widespread exposure of absolutely everyone to
equally harmful yet arguably more ubiquitous chemicals from car exhaust fumes. Why did the government target smokers based on 'concern for public
health', resorting to a complete and outright ban, yet do nothing to 'protect' us from the suffocating pollution created by car users? The argument I
have heard time and time again is that it's just not practical to ban cars... Well, this is inconsistent policy making/thinking at best and, at worst,
Apart from the fact we most definitely could do without cars (I have never owned a car, walk the 6 mile round trip to work and back every day and
generally get about, or use public transport when walking isn't practical), if the motivation was genuinely concern for public health then SURELY they
must be CONSIDERABLY more concerned about the impact of vehicular pollution?
TLDR: why AREN'T we banning cars? Seriously? I would love to hear a good explanation that remains consistent with the logic of banning smoking in
Edit: also, whilst I understand the restrictions placed on people having fires in areas where smog is a problem (especially coming from
post-industrial Northern England, where everything is chimneys and blackened stone) I do think, in terms of the big picture, it's like bringing a
dustpan and brush to an earthquake...
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