Skip to comments.Over-50s 'worst carbon culprits'
Posted on 02/16/2007 8:21:11 AM PST by qam1
People aged between 50 and 64 have the UK's largest "carbon footprints", according to research.
But they are also the most concerned about climate change, and want the government to do more to tackle global warming, the study says. The report - Greening the Grays - is published by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York.
The research included analysis of UK residents by age and expenditure, along with surveys and focus groups. Researchers found that people in the 50-64 age group have a carbon footprint of 13.52 tonnes per capita per year, compared with the UK average of 11.81 tonnes.
Carbon intensive activities, such as high car dependence, holidays abroad and eating out, are factors which contribute to the size of their footprint.
"In order to close the gap between concern for climate change and the impact of current lifestyles, the government needs to take action to make a low carbon lifestyle an easier option not just for the over-50s, but for everyone."
But the report adds that the over-50s worry about the climate their grandchildren will inherit, and feel frustrated by what they see as the failure of the government and businesses to tackle the problem adequately.
Dr Gary Haq, researcher on lifestyle and climate change and lead author of the report, said the government should take measures to help everyone in the UK lead a less carbon intensive life, not just the older population.
"The government is essentially pushing at an open door with regard to achieving a change in behaviour in the over-50s and a move to a low..........
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Paging John Edwards...
Well, yeah, it's that methane gas thing... ;)
Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.
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That'll teach 'em.
This is not sarcasm.
It will eventually come to this.
Environmentalism is a religion, and "sustainability" is its "salvation."
Now what? An excuse to eliminate them because of crimes against the environment?
U.K to promote Euthanasia to save the planet from Global Warming./sarc
BBC "It's all the Baby Boomers fault" alert?
My guess is that these over 50's have been successful and are enjoying some of the fruits of their success such as air conditioning, new cars, washing machines, etc. It is just massive jealousy, I think.
"Carbon intensive activities, such as high car dependence, holidays abroad and eating out, are factors which contribute to the size of their footprint."
Yes, people need to stay home in the basement, turn out the lights and don't eat anything.
Maybe there ought to be Nuremburg type trials - oh wait they already thought of that
"But the report adds that the over-50s worry about the climate their grandchildren will inherit, and feel frustrated by what they see as the failure of the government and businesses to tackle the problem adequately.
These over 50's are the same ones that are leaving their grandchildren in a total liberal socialist nannie state. And they are frustrated by the failure of their government?
Look in the frigging mirror for the problem.
Yeah, how dare those people enjoy themselves by eating out and going on vacations. The government should outlaw restaurants and holidays. Then they can institute government approved rations to ensure that everyone's carbon footprint is equal.
What did Karl Marx call his brand of socialism? He used the term "scientific socialism", to give it and air of authority and precision. In the end, all these "socialism" turn to the bayonet to enforce their will when the people no longer go along voluntarily. History is your friend.
For starters, how much jet fuel will be burned to bring in the performers?
How much trash will be generated by the audience?
I will also be paying attention to which companies are sponsoring this event.
A 'Low Carbon Lifestyle'...that just sounds so gay.
The inbreeding on that island has got to stop!
How old is AL GORE?
Well, not the 50-year olds --- they're still being bleed errr... I mean paying taxes. But for those over age 64, it's intolerable that they cause so much destruction while "contributing" so little. This definitely calls for a Green Final Solution.
Oh, for pity's sake. Eating out and carbon footprints. Harumph *snort*
The carbon units are infesting the planet. V'Ger (aka Al Gore) says that the carbon units must be patterned for data storage.
I will put up my carbon footprint aganst any 20 or 30-something any day of the week.
50to64-year-olds are party animals?Give me a break!
But this article raises a fascinating question: who estabishes the "carbon-footprint" budget for every human activity? Who appointed them? Who pays their salary? Do they make stuff up and change things to suit their current ideology?
A "Blast From the Past?"
In the USA we call them the babie boomers right? Hippie freaks.
Proposed "Green" crimes...
The camel has its nose under the tent.
They didn't call it Soylent *GREEN* for nothing!
I was wondering when the first "Logan's Run" reference would show up on this thread.
Like Soylent Green.
Funny the play on words for a movie made so long ago.
Now MANBEARPIG approved........Soylent Green!
This study has one or two holes - as you might expect. For example, old people who heat with electricity generated by nuclear power will have a markedly lower carbon footprints than those who burn coal and wood -- both are distinct possibilities in Yorkshire. Oops coal mining is a major industry in Yorkshire. Let's close down the pits!! No we can't do that because then they will stay home and generate more carbon (see below). Better lets send everybody to the Costa Brava or Florida where the winters are warm, that will produce a clear net carbon saving of immense proportions as long as they don't all go out to eat!! Okay we need the carbon footprints of those who work but spend the winter in Costa Brava/Florida to the second decimal place in tons of carbon. I bet you it's way below 11.81 tonnes!!
Secondly since this research only covered people over 50 - how do they know that the 45-49 year olds are not the real villains? And what about those 42 to 43 year olds? Did you check what 39.5 year olds were doing? This is a pathetic research methodology.
Third, what kind of pronouncement is really warranted without knowing the make-up of the survey population since there is a clear suggestion that those who stay at home are bigger culprits than those who go to work (unless of course they are those nasty enablers who work down the mines). Seems to me that by the logic of this study, cutting unemployment, welfare and OAPs will reduce the carbon footprints of two entire generations.
The whole think is bizarrely stupid, simple-minded and has a real luddite ring about it.
You win the prize for Obscure Yet Highly Appropriate Movie Reference.
Who could forget Jenny Agutter? :)
Independent of your reply, over the last few days I have had a compulsion to buy a 64 buick riviera. hmmm,,,
Beware of Soylent Green!
I agree. I have long suspected that, within the next 10 years, the next step on the slippery slope will be "family-guided assisted euthanasia" or something like that. I can even imagine some state governments giving tax breaks to families that choose this "option" for their elderly members.
And the Sandmen drove those cool electric cars. They looked just like the GM EV1!
At 69 I go for making my "carbon footprint" as large as posible, maybe I can stomp on a whole bunch of wachos with every step.
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