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David Cameron promotes a switch to "green" energy sources
High-powered personal computers and other electronics under close scrutiny for the UK's carbon dioxide crunch

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 course.

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 David Cameron.

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.



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By BernardP on 9/10/2007 2:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
Suggested reading as a counterpoint to the rhetoric of global warming ayatollahs. I hope this has not been posted before.

The Fraser Institute is a highly credible Canadian think thank. Go to this page:

http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?...

and dowmload the Independent Summary for Policymakers, in .pdf format at the bottom of the page. It is a critical review of the latest IPCC report on climate change.

Have a look at the list of Authors on page 4 and 57
Have a look at the list of Reviewers on page 55.

These people are clearly not a bunch of right-wing conspirators paid by oil companies.

The document is meant to be read side-by-side with the IPCC report, but is also very interesting by itself.

If anything, the Independent Summary minimally establishes that the science of global warming is far from settled.




By TheDoc9 on 9/10/2007 4:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
You can't help but admire what money CAN buy. The Clinton's alone have raised BILLIONS over the last year or more for their global warming initiative and there's no telling who else is throwing money in the pot.

http://www.forbes.com/leadership/2006/09/21/leader...

Now whether that money will actually go to brainwashing commercials and radio time, or whether it will go to engineers to build more efficient devices we can only guess.


By TomZ on 9/10/2007 4:21:22 PM , Rating: 3
Just to be fair and complete, the Clinton Global Initiative focuses more widely than global warming:

http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNIT...

Global warming is certainly a part of it, but by no means all.


By Ringold on 9/10/2007 4:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be more concerned about who's throwing money in to her election campaign.

Like the thousands from the homeless folk living in shacks near the end of a runway at LAX.


By Ringold on 9/11/2007 1:04:06 AM , Rating: 3
One could mod me down, yes.

http://forums.therandirhodesshow.com/index.php?sho...

(Original source being WSJ, but I know not everyone subscribes)

Or could use Google to verify what they're reading.

And then, with the truth in hand, use either memory or more Google skills to discover that this instance is just a drop in the bucket as the Clinton's have a long, storied history of interesting campaign contributions, both monetary and in other forms.


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