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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: Ban the Beef!
By Pythias on 9/10/2007 4:20:49 PM , Rating: 3
I say we kill every living thing on the planet, so the Earth can be about its business.

RE: Ban the Beef!
By acer905 on 9/11/2007 12:54:35 PM , Rating: 3
Not every living thing, just the humans. You have to remember, without us the earth could never warm up or cool off. Nothing can become extint without our direct interference. And besides, even without cars to release CO2 there are still 6.7 billion people breathing it out every day. I say ban professional sports, or any sort of physical activity, because it makes you breath harder and faster and by doing so release more CO2. Everyone should either be a) laying around all the time, or b) dead. That way we wouldn't be polluting the air with CO2. And then after a few years all the plants will have cleaned the entire planet of all CO2 and the earth can finally be at peace, just like Mars.

RE: Ban the Beef!
By Christopher1 on 9/11/2007 10:54:57 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, it would heat up and cool off without our interference. That thing about nothing becoming extinct without our direct interference: bullshit! There have been many species that have gone extinct without human interference, going back to the Ice Age. We just don't know about them, so we can't name all of them.

I realize now that your posting was meant to be an indictment of the environmentalists, and I say "Good on ya!" I was once an envirofreak, but when I realized after doing copious research in high school that most problems in the world were NOT from humans and that humans could not be causing them..... I gave up on environmentalism.

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