Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Miliband unveils carbon swipe-card plan

David MilibandAppallingly smug environment secretary David Miliband has plans to introduce personal carbon rationing:

Under the proposals, consumers would carry bank cards that record their personal carbon usage. Those who use more energy - with big cars and foreign holidays - would have to buy more carbon points, while those who consume less - those without cars, or people with solar power - would be able to sell their carbon points.

Unless this scheme was introduced very carefully, it would turn into a central register of where and when UK citizens used carbon — every time you buy a holiday, some petrol, or some fuel, it would be logged, a la the National Identity Register. You can guess how careful new Labour will be to prevent the creation of yet another Big Brother database.

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