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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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Fed up of all this bull****
By WayneG on 9/11/2007 2:13:36 AM , Rating: 3
What the **** is wrong with our government bodies? Why is it that they must find scape goats in everything that we do and find new ways to tax us to make us pay for living comfortably? Congestion charge is taking the piss, but this is getting rediculous... no more plasma screens? I'm actually shocked and disgusted at the same time. Someone really needs to elect me to be government a lot of things would change, we'll start with the house of commons I think... Next thing we'll see is a tax based on the amount of food we consume to ensure that our diet isn't affecting the natural balance of nature.
I give this law and all laws like it a straight **** off. I will be buying more plasma TVs (I won't use standby but I'll leave it on at all times) and polluting the environment from driving to my neighbours who live 20m from me. I wish there was some scientist who really had balls and of course an immaculate reputation to disprove all this nonsense once and for all.

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