27 May 2008


From the United Kingdom:

"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."

Huh? Not since the years shortly after WW2 have Britons been forced to carry ration cards.

But how would this system work? How would "carbon" be "allocated?" Based on what standards? A person'a physical size? Or just our existence on the planet? Will the fact that some people contribute to society and earn a living play a part? Or will everyone -- hard-charging entrepreneur and lay-about welfare recipient be given the same carbon credits? Will the lay-about be permitted to sell their excess credits to the highest bidder?

What's next? If anyone suggests cards to ration ammunition, I'm am taking my ball and heading out of town. Not a game I want to play.

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