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October 23, 2006

Excellent Logic

A report out showing that we're all a bunch of lazy bastards who don't care about climate change. We put too much water in our kettles, use cars for short journeys, have big plasma screens and, gasp, leave electrical products on stand by.

The reason most often given by Britons for wasting electricity was laziness, with 41 per cent admitting that they could not be bothered to cut down.

The commonest failing, admitted by 71 per cent, was leaving electrical appliances, such as televisions and videos, on stand-by. Unnecessarily boiling water was the second worst habit: 67 per cent of people said that they put far more water than was necessary in their kettles. Research conducted by Cafédirect found that £128 million of power was used each year to boil excess water — sufficient to power every street light in the country for seven months.

Leaving lights on and using cars for short journeys were also high on the list of failings.

The reaction of rent-a-gob?

Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, said that the Government had let the country down by failing to halt the rise in carbon emission levels, which are at their highest since 1992.

No, no Tony, don't you understand? It is us who are the sinners, us who are lazy and unworthy of you!

Jeez, what's he think the government is supposed to do? Go round emptying kettles? Perhaps even something useful like raising the VAT on domestic energy supplies? Perhaps, even, reduce the subsidy on domestic energy supplies (for as we know, in greenie world, if something is not taxed at the same rate as everything else that is a subsidy: like the subsidy on aviation fuel that is simply an absence of taxation) by raising VAT on it to 17.5%?

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Now, now Tim. Biting the hand that feeds you? Given the ghastly ad thats been defacing your site for the past week or so, many would consider this strategy sub-optimal.

Tim adds: Happy to take their money. Better in my pocket than somewhere where people might actually believe it!

Posted by: Chuckles | Oct 23, 2006 7:31:20 AM

Tim,

"The commonest failing, admitted by 71 per cent, was leaving electrical appliances, such as televisions and videos, on stand-by.,,,"

Are the consumer products imported to the UK from the Far East different from those imported to the US? In the US, almost all OFF switches (desktop computers probably excepted) effectively leave the products in standby. Are the FOE's suggesting that line plugs and battery adapters should be pulled from the wall between uses?

Of course, I personally effectively run 24/7 and generally only turn things off as a diagnostic tool.

"...use cars for short journeys..."

Almost all my journeys are short, but I can take roundabout routes if they really think that it will help.

Regards, Don

Posted by: Don Lloyd | Oct 23, 2006 8:23:03 AM

The reason we have a wine fridge, a beer fridge, a V6, an SUV and we leave appliances on standby without feeling the tinsy winsiest bit of guilt is not that we are lazy (50-60 billable hours a week on my part, a full time degree and family on the wife's part would suggest otherwise). It is because, in the absence of evidence to support the theory, we believe that human influenced global warming is a load of bollocks and that we are doing our bit for the world economy and human development by consuming energy.

Posted by: DocBud | Oct 23, 2006 2:33:50 PM

"£128 million of power was used each year to boil excess water — sufficient to power every street light in the country for seven months."

What a waste of a saving! I have to have blackout blinds to keep the sodium ("sodium", can't you read?) light out.

Tim adds: T'ain't just sodium. It's a sodium/scandium iodide mixture in mercury vapour. Know who sells all the scandium the industry uses?

Correctamundo! We like street lights around here!

Posted by: Bob Doney | Oct 23, 2006 5:08:58 PM

£128 million a year? You mean about the amount of money that larcenous one-eyed bastard in 11 Downing Street squanders every three hours? SFW.

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