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Every adult in Britain should be forced to carry 'carbon ration cards', say MPs
Daily Mail UK ^ | 27th May 2008 | David Derbyshire

Posted on 05/27/2008 4:14:56 AM PDT by rawhide

Every adult should be forced to use a 'carbon ration card' when they pay for petrol, airline tickets or household energy, MPs say.

The influential Environmental Audit Committee says a personal carbon trading scheme is the best and fairest way of cutting Britain's CO2 emissions without penalising the poor.

Under the scheme, everyone would be given an annual carbon allowance to use when buying oil, gas, electricity and flights.

Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven't used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company.

MPs, led by Tory Tim Yeo, say the scheme could be more effective at cutting greenhouse gas emissions than green taxes.

But critics say the idea is costly, bureaucratic, intrusive and unworkable.

The Government says it supports the scheme in principle, but warns it is 'ahead of its time'.

The idea of personal carbon trading is increasingly being promoted by environmentalists. In theory it could be used to cover all purchases - from petrol to food.

For the scheme to work, the Government would need to give out 45million carbon cards - each one linked to a personal carbon account. Every year, the account would be credited with a notional amount of CO2 in kilograms.

Every time someone makes a purchase of petrol, energy or airline tickets, they would use up credits. A return flight from London to Rome would, for instance, use up 900kg of CO2 credits, while 10 litres of petrol would use up 23kg.

Mr Yeo, chairman of the committee said personal carbon trading rewarded those with a low carbon footprint with cash.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: carbon; co2; credit; energy; globalwarming; ration; uk; unitedkingdom
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1 posted on 05/27/2008 4:21:49 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Good grief....This goes to Obama's: Can't have your thermostat at 72 degrees...or drive an SUV.

Penalty: MONEY TO THE GOV...

2 posted on 05/27/2008 4:24:53 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: rawhide

With the candidates we have running in 2008, this could be coming to America sooner rather than later.


3 posted on 05/27/2008 4:25:05 AM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: rawhide

You’re witnessing socialism run amok.


4 posted on 05/27/2008 4:26:51 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: rawhide

Why not? Once you disarm the populace, anything goes.


5 posted on 05/27/2008 4:27:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: rawhide
the idea is costly, bureaucratic, intrusive and unworkable.

In other words: socialism.

6 posted on 05/27/2008 4:28:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: rawhide
the Government would need to give out 45million carbon cards - each one linked to a personal carbon account.

Who's carbon credits will be used to offset the printing of the 45 million carbon cards?

7 posted on 05/27/2008 4:28:53 AM PDT by killjoy (Life sucks, wear a helmet.)
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To: rawhide

Talk about Wealth Redistribution. To avoid having to purchase carbon credits from the poor. All the limousine liberals would have to create their own fake “carbon offset” businesses to “buy credits” from. Sort of like AlGore does now.


8 posted on 05/27/2008 4:29:45 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: rawhide; Entrepreneur; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Genesis defender; proud_yank; FrPR; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

9 posted on 05/27/2008 4:33:39 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: rawhide

Wow! This opens up some fantastic possibilities for abuse.


10 posted on 05/27/2008 4:36:13 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: rawhide
Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven't used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company.

Translation: They're raising taxes. A politically connected company will handle the accounting.

11 posted on 05/27/2008 4:36:42 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: steelyourfaith

So people who are prohibited by virtue of a handicap from driving would be able to put a price on our handicap? That is the first suggestion I have ever heard that I be allowed to sell something I do not actually own (and in fact am prohibited by law from owning), and not have it be referred to as Fraud.


12 posted on 05/27/2008 4:37:34 AM PDT by Appleby
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To: rawhide
The Government says it supports the scheme in principle, but warns it is 'ahead of its time'. The idea of personal carbon trading is increasingly being promoted by environmentalists. In theory it could be used to cover all purchases - from petrol to food.

AND THERE YOU GO FOLKS!!! Environmentalism is just a ruse to implement the total control of communism.

13 posted on 05/27/2008 4:43:25 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: rawhide

That’s stupid. It simply allows the richest to buy whatever they want at whatever price while sharing the pain unequally.

~And we do want to be fair about rationing. How about ration tickets with no ability to buy more.

That would be equitable and the uberwealthy Marxists (I’ve got mine, you can’t) can feel worthy of THEIR goal.


14 posted on 05/27/2008 4:44:15 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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I do not drive, and I buy very little gas (lawnmower), so I have a grundle of carbon credits I would be willing to sell.

If you drive more than 10,000 miles a year, you are going to need some of my carbon credits.

My 10,000 miles at 30 miles / gallon gives me roughly 300 credits that I am willing to sell to you for $1.00 a credit. Now YOU can feel better about the damage your SUV is doing to the planet by using my carbon credits.

COMING SOON: Whale blubber credits. I have not used whale blubber in years and have amassed a vast quantity of whale blubber credits that I will be releasing soon in a fire sale.

......Bob


15 posted on 05/27/2008 4:44:55 AM PDT by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: rawhide
The Government says it supports the scheme in principle, but warns it is 'ahead of its time'.

Who is "the Government"(with a capital "G")?

16 posted on 05/27/2008 4:48:44 AM PDT by Free State Four
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To: rawhide
If you use more than your government-recommended allotment, you die! Big Brother had nothing on this scheme.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

17 posted on 05/27/2008 4:50:57 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rawhide
Whoever said there will always be an England never foresaw this crap.The place is finished,plain and simple.
18 posted on 05/27/2008 4:51:24 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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19 posted on 05/27/2008 4:52:42 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Right Wing Assault
"Wow! This opens up some fantastic possibilities for abuse."


I agree.

Time is past due for the extermination of any and all "governments" that attempt to establish these communist ideals.


ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

20 posted on 05/27/2008 4:53:39 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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