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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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RE: A long time ago
By Xerstead on 9/10/2007 3:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
2. Photo Radar EVERYWHERE

It's a pain, they do so little for safety. Fine, put one outside a school and I'll be looking at my speedo for the 20 meters making sure i'm not speeding and hit the child instead. Driving arount some parts of London, it seemed there was a camera every mile and change of speed limit every mile offset by about 1/2 mile. Why? more money for the powers that be?
3. You pay annual taxes for each TV you own?! Crazy

This tax does cover the use of several TV's in the house. Even if you don't watch the BBC's chanels which are the only ones funded by this tax.
5. Every show on TV contained topless women, yet words like "damn" or "retarded" get bleeped on the radio

I must have missed those TV shows?

I would also add:
You can be better off living a lifetime on Benefits than having a decent job.
Forigners coming to our country get better/priority treatment over our own senior sitizens.
The government are trying to discourage using cars by increasing tax's and screwing with the road layout BUT Also increasing the cost of public transport way above inflation.

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