We had a new boiler fitted last year, a must for us to heat our home and hot water, just like millions of others.
Then today I read this:
Gas boilers must be scrapped within decades to combat climate change, urges major report
“Limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels would put an end to burning fossil fuels to generate power.
This would mean replacing petrol and diesel cars with electric vehicles or other clean alternatives and scrapping the use of gas boilers in homes in just a few decades.”
As if times were not worrying enough, the boffins have come up with this.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there is no cause for concern about climate change, we can see that by the extremes of weather we get and the fact our seasons as we knew them as children no longer exist.
I’m no scientist or expert on anything, but my logical mind is asking why said Experts/Scientists don’t appear to be looking for alternatives.
You could argue the dangers of fracking for alternative gas sources, but if the above is likely to come about, why are they bothering?
But what about that other little snippet, you know, the one about cars?
Already the sales of diesel vehicles have plummeted, and with impending changes to leaded fuel (E10 and E15, the E stands for Ethanol and the number is the percentage
of that in the fuel), a lot of petrol cars will be off the road anyway.
We checked with Hyundai about ours, which is only four years old and a petrol vehicle. Apparently, it will be fine with the E10 fuel, but not E15 as per their reply
” Our current engines, along with almost all other manufacturers, are only safe with fuel up to E10 presently.
There are no current plans to bring in E15, or higher, rated Hyundai’s to Europe as far as we are aware at this moment in time.”
As for electric vehicles? Fine, except how are we going to charge them without power?
“Scientists and representatives of 195 governments who met in South Korea as part of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have approved the report, which will prompt new calls for dramatic and urgent steps to cut emissions to zero by 2050.”
For me, if I’m still alive in 2050, it’s doubtful I’ll be in my own home anyway, but being old(er) and decrepit, I will be the least of the government’s worries for care.
Bit like now actually.