If I remember what I have been told correctly, the scientific community is united in its belief that global warming is a real and present danger. So pressing is the crisis that it demands dramatic cutbacks in carbon emissions; rising fuel prices are therefore pretty much a given. There is only a handful of swivel-eyed "deniers" who say otherwise.
Or so the story goes.
If I actually believed this then I would find it hard not to feel just the tiniest hint of satisfaction at yesterday's article in the Guardian: