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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: interesting...
By Ringold on 9/11/2007 1:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
Lets look on the bright side.

Once all these draconian laws come to pass, where a VCR with a stand-by mode becomes as big a social taboo as cocaine, there is going to be money to be made by those smart enough to import these black, dastardly, polar-bear killing electronic death machines from countries that never did and never will give a damn and servicing the black underworld market of.. dare I say it.. convenient electronic goods!

Imagine it. Budding young capitalists in the first world cutting their small-business teeth by receiving an unmarked shipment from Taiwan, loading up their government issued electric scooter, and heading across town to where the elite upper crust lives and delivering their shameful quad-layer HD-DVD players to their back door, taking cash as anonymous payment. One generation delivers news papers as a kid, the next, carbon dope. Almost enough to bring a tear of joy to my eye from a cold, smog-filled heart.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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