The United Kingdom has a problem. Although it signed the Kyoto Protocol proposed by the United Nations, it --
like every other nation country which did -- has been wholly unable
to meet treaty commitments, and has actually been
increasing CO2 emissions faster than the non-signatories like the United States.Embarrassing ... but what to do about it? Pass more laws, of
To that end, a new plan is recommending sweeping new changes to
force residents to reduce electricity consumption. Tops on
the list? A ban on new sales of plasma televisions. Surprisingly
enough, the plan comes not from the Labour or Liberal Democratic
parties, but from a group organized by Conservative Party Leader
While plasma TVs are especially singled out, the plan also targets
all items that use over an arbitrary level of electricity, including
high-performance personal computers and some household appliances.
Additionally, the report recommends banning the "standby"
functionality on consumer electronics, which allows them to be
quickly turned on by remote control. Some 2% of the island nation's
electric usage is thought to be due to standby equipment power draws.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already
announced his ambition to eliminate the stand-by function on all
appliances sold in the country, claiming it was part of British
responsibility to "protect the environment."
Critics of the plan claim it will simply create a "grey
market", where those with money will continue to be
able to purchase banned items at higher prices. But former
Environment Secretary and plan chairman John Gummer says, "The
imperative of global warming demands that we change [our approach]
utterly - not just governments, but businesses, groups and
individuals."Even with the plan implemented, the United Kingdom is
not expected to meet Kyoto Protocol commitments. No word yet on
what next will hit the ban list.
quote: a shame us "colonies" have overtaken the "motherland"
quote: The public is brainwashed about global warming and the "sins" of the Bush Administration.
quote: No not a good time to be British. In my opinion.
quote: 2. Photo Radar EVERYWHERE
quote: 3. You pay annual taxes for each TV you own?! Crazy
quote: 5. Every show on TV contained topless women, yet words like "damn" or "retarded" get bleeped on the radio
quote: 1. After accounting for currency differences, everything is the same prize, but half the size. Houses, soda cans, cars etc are all itty bitty versions no the north American counterparts - for the same prize.
quote: Really, if they want to cut down on CO2 production, power usage, etc...... put limits on the power that an appliance can use, stop buying the manufacturers arguments that "It would cost a lot to be energy-efficient!"
quote: Were not talking about things people do in their bedrooms or say in public. This is like smoking in bars or restaurants
quote: I propose an English beef ban to combat global warming.It actually makes a lot more sense.
quote: We environmentalists have commendable goals and morals, but we need to become practical in order to realize them. And practicality mandates not worrying about little problems when the house is burning down.
quote: When they start banning crap you never heard of, then you'll know it's a real problem.
quote: For example, pass a labeling law that states that all devices are required to disclose their standby power so that consumers can compare them.
quote: We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last!
quote: We’ve been around for the blink of an eye and if nature or we decide to obliterate us from the face of the earth then so be it.
quote: Don’t use TVs, don’t buy fancy goods that have to shipped around the world, don’t but exotic food, don’t buy or use big cars, don’t fly anywhere, don’t do this, don’t do that.