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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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Someone fill me in
By onelittleindian on 9/11/2007 12:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not exactly an expert on British politics but its the Conservative Party proposing this BS? Is that a typo or is England further gone that I thought?




RE: Someone fill me in
By Ringold on 9/11/2007 4:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
You are correct.

David Cameron as far as I can tell is trying to push a somewhat unwilling party to the political center (by European standards) in order to try to win elections for the first real time since the Iron Lady. I'm not sure how much it's working but he is aggitating some of the real conservatives of the party.

I'm not a fan of caving to liberal ideology just to win elections but they're just trying to survive I suppose..

I could have it a little wrong, I'm not British nor fully understand British culture/politics, but that's how it looks from this side of the pond.


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