Fresh Air

Some tad embarrassing news for our ultra green governor this morning, Puglia is the problem child of Italy ( again?) with new stats out on CO2 greenhouse gas emmissions. Ours is the province that in 2012 generated the most in Italy some 38,194 thousand tons to be precise. This is an increase of 4% whilst the rest of those goody two shoes north of us managed to reduce theirs by 18%.

It is especially disappointing given that whilst Italy is in a deep recession  we in the South are supposed to be in the mother of all deep recessions. Indeed the Confederation of Italian Industry says work in the south has almost ground to a halt. So what on earth would it have been if all the factories etc were steaming full ahead. Those of you regular readers will know the area is not helped by the ILVA steel plant in Taranto that makes Indian steel makers in the 60’s look like rampant environmentalists, nor the edifying ENI oil refinery and chemical plant alongside it which was found on Monday to have poured tons of nasty stuff into the sea whilst a thunderstorm was distracting the population . Rather like the Labour Party in the UK using big events to slip out bad news stories. Bari also has a high density of people and an even higher density of motor cars as do many of the bigger towns down here.

The figures are in fact 3% above the EU enforceable Emissions Level laid down for Puglia as part of it’s greening of plans so it is probably as well we live in Italy. I dread to think the reaction in the UK if say Yorkshire was  found to be driving industry whilst over the limit. Cars would be forcibly removed, factories closed and Boris bikes issued to the populous.

In Italy these EU regs are treated with more than of a pinch of salt rather like stop signs here are for guidance only and shouldn’t in anyway be considered compulsory.

It is rather like the UK wringing it’s hands at it’s inability to deport the Moslem cleric Abu Qatada because the EU court of human rights didn’t allow it. It cost the UK £1.7M to finally do it just a few days ago. Italy when it comes to deporting undesirable people from it’s shores is more direct. No hand wringing  for Italy. The miscreant is tied  to an aircraft seat  on the first plane back to where ever he/she came from.  The fine the EU used to send for not obeying the “rules” was of course ignored . The EU has now  given up bothering to send a fine  to save the postage.

Probably the simplest way to reduce the CO2 gases as closure to the steel works and oil refinery are deemed political suicide ( no mention you note of the poor population that live  within the envelope of pollution driven  by the prevailing winds that takes in most of southern Puglia) is to introduce an MOT down here. Yes, yes there is one but we are back to the stop signs, you take the car in , the guy signs the form and you drive back out. Now a real MOT would remove about 60% of the cars, almost all the farm trucks, all of the construction trucks and all of the 3 wheelers at a stroke. The Italian car industry would boom with the new demand for replacements which we could insist were all hybrid models, the air would clear and our green governor could move on to become a mayor of a big northern town before realising his real ambition to become Prime Minister.  Or no cars and just bicycles though perhaps without Boris.

Trouble is he doesn’t read my blog !



About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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2 Responses to Fresh Air

  1. Billy Macmillan says:

    Did you get my email Mike? I hope you can make it, you’re the star turn! ciao Billy

  2. Sam Brunetti says:

    Cars are the biggest culprits when it comes to CO2 emissions in Puglia. I remember how amazed I was when walking through my home town for the first time after more than 40 years at the number of cars that took every square inch of curb space or any space. Needless to say that a town built in the 13th century was not made for cars.

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