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Bring Back Rationing Demands Green Chief

Carbon ration account for all proposed by Environment Agency - Times Online

Everyone should be given an annual carbon ration and face financial penalties if they exceed it, under a proposal by the Environment Agency.
Lord Smith of Finsbury, the agency’s chairman, will say today that rationing is the fairest and most effective way of meeting Britain’s legally binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
People would be given a “carbon account” and a unique number that they would have to submit when making purchases of carbon-intensive items such as petrol, electricity or airline tickets. As with a bank account, people would receive statements showing the carbon weight of each purchase and how much of their ration remained.

The fact he can expect to publicly demand this without being chased through the streets by pitchfork wielding mobs crying for freedom or death shows how far the debate has moved.


A couple of years ago I bought a little booklet that was a facsimile copy of a history of the rationing system that was written at the end of the war. It was an incredibly complex operation that seemed to work smoothly. What struck me was that I doubt the present day civil service would be capable of running such a complex operation even with computers (or perhaps because of computers). The same applies to this proposal for a rationing system for a "carbon account".

This is a revival of Milliboy Major's second brilliant wheeze, the first being the slop bucket. I think we can safely assume that, being special, politicians will grant themselves special extra allowances.

How about this for a ration: the public sector are rationed to 10% of GDP.

What would make it easier would be a plastic card which could be swiped and would be unforgeable because it had our personal details on it so we would be protected from fraud. It might have our photo and everything on it and we could take it with us all the time, just in case we needed it.

Ever heard of such a thing ...?

How did this despicable man get a peerage? Actually I can guess. OBN probably. He is obviously using far more than his fair share of oxygen.

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