Carbon Quotas have been around for some time now at a business and government level. Now the UK Government is looking at energy rationing and giving
us all a "personal carbon allowance", to be effective within the next decade.
The idea is that we would all be rationed and carry some form of ration card or, even have the proposed national ID double up as a ration card, to be
used each time we buy fuel or book a flight, at which time we would have points deducted from our ration allocation.
Every individual in Britain could be issued with a "personal carbon allowance" - a form of energy rationing - within a decade, under proposals
being considered seriously by the Government.
Ministers say that increasingly clear evidence that climate change is happening more quickly than expected has made it necessary to "think the
They believe they need to start a public debate on energy rationing now if Tony Blair's aspiration of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds
by 2050 is to be achieved.
Under the scheme for "domestic tradeable quotas" (DTQs), or personal carbon allowances, presented to the Treasury this week, everyone - from the
Queen to the poorest people living on state benefits - would have the same annual carbon allocation.
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Being a lifelong cynic, I can't help wondering what exactly is behind this proposal.
I remember when car tax was linked to CO2 emissions, diesel powered cars were becoming more popular due to their fuel economy and the engines were
becoming a lot cleaner. Since then, the price of diesel fuel, and the duty paid on it, has increased to the point where it is now more expensive than
petrol. So, rather than encouraging cleaner cars and fuel efficiency, the government saw it as a chance to make money, which it has done.
Motorists will of course be hit the hardest. Now faced with GPS balck boxes to track us everywhere we go, tolls for the roads we travel on (varying
dependent on what time we have to travel), proposed systems that will automatically cut our speed etc, I wonder where this will all end, and will the
public just sit back, shrug helplessly and take it.
I am all for efficiency and alternative fuel sources but I just can't seem to find the point behind this one. I have to use the roads to travel to
work every day. Will my employer understand when I call to say I can't come in as I have reached my monthly carbon limit, due to a drive at the
weekend to visit family?
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[edit on 4-7-2005 by Britguy]