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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 Ringold on 9/10/2007 4:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
If I doubted Congress had any restraint in its hard-left proclivities before they evaporated today as the most staunch liberals in congress try to either back-pedal, cast doubt over Petraeus' credibility, or simply outright ignore both his and the ambassador's warnings regarding premature drawn-downs. Have yet to hear from the leadership but Reid clearly had his mind up even before the last election, facts on the ground or future dangers be damned.

Not sure heaven could help us, but having a President after 08 with a veto pen to keep an errant Congress from getting too radical would definitely help, and grid-lock in DC would be a boon to the economy.

RE: A long time ago
By TomZ on 9/10/2007 4:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you, Petraeus' testimony before Congress is a waste of time - it's clear that many lawmakers have already made up their minds, and so they exhibit a "don't confuse me with the facts" type of mentality.

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