The heat is getting to Miliband
David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, yesterday backed the idea of carbon rationing for all, based on smart credit cards that record an individual's energy use....
The idea has been floated before, by Elliott Morley when he was an environment minister
Enuff said - if Morley thought of it it is stupid - ergo sum.
In a speech to the Audit Commission last night, Mr Miliband said: "Imagine a country where carbon becomes a new currency. We carry bank cards that store both pounds and carbon points.
"When we buy electricity, gas and fuel, we use our carbon points, as well as pounds. To help reduce carbon emissions, the Government would set limits on the amount of carbon that could be used.
"Imagine your neighbourhood. Each neighbour receives the same free entitlement to a certain number of carbon points.
"The family next door has an SUV and realise they are going to have to buy more carbon points.
"So instead they decide to trade in the SUV for a hybrid car. They save 2.2 tons of carbon each year. They then sell their carbon points back to the bank and share the dividends of environmental growth."
Buzz word bingo - tick for trade, dividends and growth even though he is describing a restrictive rationing scheme. With Big Brother watching every time you buy a gallon of unleaded - "vy are you driving to Salisbury every Wednesday? - what a wondeful world it will be. And of course this scheme will be a lovely huge Government IT project - will it work as well as the Tax Credits or the NHS records system?
Anyone want to buy a load of off ration logs?