Sunday, July 16, 2006

They can't be serious!

The world is in the middle of an energy crisis with oil nearing $80 a barrel and the flashpoints in the Middle East are flaring up once again. Step up the world's leaders at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg. We hold our breath in anticipation that the most powerful people on this planet will rally around to come up with a credible plan to pull us back from the brink. And here it is (drum roll) ;

The 4 point energy saving programme (!)

1. Use more energy saving lightbulbs

2. Stop leaving electrical appliances on standby

3. Manufacturers should produce more energy efficient set-top boxes (for TVs)

4. Motorists should keep their tyres fully inflated

There you have it! That's it. The energy/environment-saving crisis plan.

They have got to be taking the piss.

What do we say; ...........'sack the lot of them.'


At 11:02 pm, Blogger Daniel said...

I am proposing that companies, municipalities, states etc. provide a $1/mile incentive for commuter car-pooling. My blog provides some details...

At 6:33 am, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Hello Daniel. Car-pools are a good idea. The culture of the car-pools has been around for a while but I believe they have never really taken off significantly. Does California not have various incentive schemes? The best one I've heard of is the car-pool lane; it appeals directly to the smug selfish gene. Of course more work from home is the answer.

Like the idea of your water distiller by the way.

At 11:51 am, Blogger frances said...

Plenty of car pooling lanes in Washington State too, particularly around Seattle.

Brilliant blog, btw!

At 1:12 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Hi Frances

How was the holiday out west? I guess you and hubby must have used the car pooling lanes. Did they seem to make a difference to traffic loading and flow?

Are you doing U216? Are you enjoying it?

At 4:34 pm, Blogger Pete Smith said...

I haven't been to the US, don't intend to either unless they set up a train link. However, my understanding is that car pool lanes are an urban initiative to reduce traffic congestion, not principally a way of reducing oil consumption and greenhouse emissions, although this may be achieved incidentally. It is very important that the rationale for schemes such as this is plainly set out at the start. The London Congestion Charge is ruffling quite a few feathers because its next phase will incorporate a number of graduated charge rates based on CO2 emissions, engine size and fuel type. It is now widely regarded as an Emissions Charge rather than a Congestion Charge.

At 4:36 pm, Blogger frances said...

Yo Matt

The holiday out west was truly glorious! If you look on my blog (the honours even one) there's a link to a million photos! :) Me, hubby and son - yes - we could've - but there was no need as the traffic flowed very well.

U216? Wassat?? No, I'm doing SXG390 (project on the lahars of Mt Rainier - so the holiday was also a field trip!) and S330, Oceanography. Enjoying? Can't seem to be able to get down to either at the moment!

I really do think that you guys have created a most splendid blog here - great articles and links - thanks!

At 4:40 pm, Blogger frances said...


There is far more environmental awareness in the US, than most people give them credit for! Dubya is but one sad little man, amongst millions of people with more sense! They do love their cars over there though ....

At 4:55 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Yo Frances

Glad you like the blog! Please feel free to comment as we go's about debate after all!

Excellent to hear your trip went well.


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