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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: Talk the talk for votes
By zinfamous on 9/10/2007 3:57:53 PM , Rating: 3
When they start banning crap you never heard of, then you'll know it's a real problem. Dihydrogen Oxide? ;)

RE: Talk the talk for votes
By rmaharaj on 9/10/2007 4:14:44 PM , Rating: 3
Don't make me dunk you in hydrogen hydroxide!

RE: Talk the talk for votes
By novacthall on 9/10/2007 4:26:42 PM , Rating: 4
I'll have you know dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) kills untold thousands every year, far greater than any other deadly chemical, and yet its use is still COMPLETELY UNRESTRICTED.

Some quick facts about DMSO:

- Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
- Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
- DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
- Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
- Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
- Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.

For more information and to educate yourselves to educate your representatives, please visit

DISCLAIMER : Yes, I know what it is. And you don't have to be a chemical engineer to figure it out.

RE: Talk the talk for votes
By novacthall on 9/10/2007 4:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
My mistake: "DMSO" above should be "DHMO".

DMSO, while not nearly as deadly as DHMO, is still nothing to be trifled with.

RE: Talk the talk for votes
By acer905 on 9/11/2007 1:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
... I never realized there was a website. lol. thats awesome.

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