Monday, May 26, 2008

Eco-Lunacy: Brits Want to Force 'Carbon Ration Cards' on Public

A crazy scheme designed solely to gouge the public under the guise of cutting carbon emissions.

There's absolutely no way to enforce this madness, but why would that ever stop them?
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.
No kidding. If the Tories want to find a quick way to be jettisoned from power, go along with this idiocy.
A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report into the scheme found it would cost between £700million and £2billion to set up and up to another £2billion a year to run.

Tory environment spokesman Peter Ainsworth added: 'Although it does have potential we should proceed with care. We don't want to alienate people and we want everyone to be on board.'
If you don't want to alienate people, stop relieving them of the money on these wacky schemes.

Update: Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.

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