Friends of the Earth have issued a reaction to calls to cut fuel prices that will not resonate immediately with people who rely on their cars for every day use: "Fuel duty cuts are not the solution - with oil prices hikes set to continue we need a fresh approach to give us a transport system we can all afford."
With the overall global economy steadily growing and the reflection of this in oil prices leading to the current $124 per barrel after its collapse in 2009 (see Oil-Price.net) the price of fuel at the pump is unlikely to be affected in the long term by cuts to fuel duty.
Peter Caroll are short sighted in their aims with the Fair Fuel campaign. Global oil prices are going to remain high over the long term and all he might succeed in doing is damaging any hope of affordable transport in the future.
So FoE are right to call for a fresh look at transport and it is a message that we need to continue to sell to the public.