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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: My UK angle on the Global warming stuff.
By TheGreek on 9/13/2007 3:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
We’ve been around for the blink of an eye and if nature or we decide to obliterate us from the face of the earth then so be it.

Please share that attitude with some local veterans of WWII and tell us what they think of your stand. What a bunch of fools all those prior generations were, self sacrifice to make a better life for the next generation. Give up nothing no matter what, that's the true spirit. There's nothing like fighting for a cause, and you've fought so long and hard for you and yours.

Can anyone imagine how this generation would behave in another Depression or World War with rations, etc?

Don’t use TVs, don’t buy fancy goods that have to shipped around the world, don’t but exotic food, don’t buy or use big cars, don’t fly anywhere, don’t do this, don’t do that.

Get a clue - Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

By jabber on 9/14/2007 7:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
Thats the kind of arrogance I was talking about. You can mess with nature but you cant beat it. It will get you in the end. If your number is up as a species there is nothing you can do about it.

Plus bringing in that old 'what the war vets did for you' stance does smack as a bit desperate in this instance. They were fighting against Nazi ideology (thanks for doing that, I do appreciate it by the way) not to save humanity as a species so it can live on for eternity. Who is to say we are not a evolutionary dead end?

Would it be a bad thing for the universe if we died out? No one would notice to be honest.

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