Potholes are part of our green future
We could have maintained our roads long before the collapse of the economy to ensure the problems with potholes would never have happened. However, why waste money repairing something that's not going to see much use in the future? In a mere 37 years from now, Plymouth aims to cut its carbon footprint by 80%. How can it achieve this with so many cars on the road now or with the expected increase as the population increases, partly due to the free movement of people within Europe, many of whom will settle here?
Gradually, over a period, we have noticed stricter emissions tests as part of a vehicle's MOT. The introduction of cleaner fuels. Now things are about to step up a gear and its now easier to visualise how the future will look for those under the age of 20. Later this year they will introduce a new form of green petrol called E10. Those who have already used E10 in other parts of the world claim that it will reduce MPH and seriously damage engines produced before 2002 and cost the motorist an average of £80 a year more. That should result in a huge reduction of cars and for those who can't afford newer expensive models will be forced off the road or go deeply into debt buying new during these times of austerity.
Large 4x4's used purely for pleasure will have to go resulting in a loss of investment because the resale market will be limited. Newer eco-friendly electric cars will be too expensive for most people and force even more reduction in traffic.
People often ask why dual carriageways are reduced to one lane and the emergence of so many bus and cycle lanes. Plymouth City Council signed up to Agenda 21 back in 1993 so all these adjustments have been a long time in the planning, not to cope with today's traffic but the vastly reduced vehicle numbers of the future. The 21 in Agenda 21 means the 21st century and things are now picking up in pace.
Regards the new eco development at Seaton, people question the need for new shops while the city centre is dying. The answer is simple, these satellite eco-villages and small towns will spring up everywhere and because fewer people will have cars, they need to be self-sufficient with supermarkets and other essential shops thus no need to pollute the atmosphere while driving any distance. Buses, bicycles and possibly trams will be the only way to get to the city centre. There will be good profits in producing these eco-villages, anybody noticed the cheap materials used in new developments nowadays? The seemingly expensive solar add-ons will enable developers to hike the prices even more. Relaxation of the planning laws will allow even more developments to flourish.
Worryingly, the supermarkets in these new villages will stock food containing GM products and because each new house will feature very small, if any garden areas, growing your own vegetables won't be an option. You will eat what the government wants you to eat. The recent horse burger saga also illustrated the amount of garbage we are already eating.
Things like the New World Order have long been viewed as a conspiracy but more and more people are beginning to believe that it is really true. Things to add into the mix...thanks to the bankers and political elite, has our economy gone down the pan? Are green taxes killing businesses? Are we losing our sovereignty and democracy and further being controlled by unelected people in Brussels? Is Europol really an European police force? Then we have trials without juries and the erosion of being innocent until proven guilty. Are our politicians working for us, the British people or are they ignoring us on things like a democratic vote on membership to the EU? Have they got the faintest idea how to get the economy going again?
Are we being spied on? Many already know that our computers and mobile phones can be hacked. A KGB type organisation is in place to identify people who use social websites exercising their freedom of speech and now we have to be careful what we say.
Many now believe that WW111 has already begun, but rather than guns and bombs, this time they are doing things by stealth. Global Warming has been hammered home within the education system and the question on a lot of people's minds is whether Global Warming really is happening rather than natural climate change or was it a massive scam for the elite to control the world's population. Britain is certainly losing its sovereignty and democracy and most of our laws are being made in Brussels, by foreign nations. Did anyone ask us?
Britain is changing fast from what millions of people died for during the last world war and the future will be very different to how it has been over the last 50 years.
One can only imagine how it will be in 30 years time. Anything that threatens our carbon footprint will have to be limited. Air travel, probably only for business and the wealthy elite, not for holidays to Spain. Travel around the country only by train but with different window views than today, more likely the satellite villages will be close proximity to the railway lines to ferry people to their places of work. Everybody who is able to will be in work, mostly menial stuff producing high tech gadgets rather than cars and the like. Wages will be low and those below the selected few will become known as the poor working class.
For those with children who are interested in how their futures will pan out, perhaps ask the politicians, they must know what's going on. Ask the local councillors to see the plans for Plymouth over the next few years, they signed up to Agenda 21 so they should really know too, would be interesting to hear their comments.
Am I a scientist or an expert on Global Warming? No, but having retired and with time on my hands, I've been a bit nosey to study what seems to be going on in real time. The potholes are still there, not just in Plymouth but all over Britain!