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EXIT THE PLASMA SCREEN!

By ATWadmin On January 12th, 2009

I suppose it doesn’t really bother me that much as I am not a fan of TV, but I see that plasma screen television is poised to become the next victim of the pointless battle to curb energy use. Giant energy-guzzling flatscreens are expected to be banned under legislation due to be agreed by the EU this spring. Plasma screens have been nicknamed the ‘4x4s’ of the living room because they use up to four times as much electricity and are responsible for up to four times as much carbon dioxide as traditional cathode ray tube sets. Thank goodness we have the EU to ban so many things that are bad for us. First, light-bulbs. Now plasma-TV’s – I wonder what will be next?

14 Responses to “EXIT THE PLASMA SCREEN!”

  1. While I find the idea of governments going around banning things generally a bad thing, let consumers decide seems a far more sensible approach, do you not think that, climate change aside, reducing our energy consumption is a good thing.
    The recent spat between Russia and Ukraine, and the fall-out in the rest of Europe, shows the very real dangers of being dependent on others for our energy needs.

  2. Is the use and ownership of plasma t.v.’s to be banned? With what shall my plasma t.v. be replaced? Who will pay for it to be replaced? Will the European Rapid Response forces be employed to storm my front door and remove my telly?

    Especially in honour of the morons who generated this latest rubbish, and any of the moonbats who actually believe in the pseudo-science of global warming, I will be continuing to watch my enormous plasma t.v., secure in the knowledge that I am pissing off, ever so slightly, the vast horde of clowns who persist in their twisted beliefs that they know better than I do!

  3. Jaz,

    Fair comment. I’m all for smart energy saving since it saves money.

  4. Jaz, we have seen this energy crisis approaching for a good many years but have done little to deal with it. The last few weeks have demonstrated the uselessness of windmills in cold, artic conditions and the behaviour of the Russians has shown that we cannot rely on them to provide a stable supply of gas. The obvious route is to follow the French in introducing nuclear power but can we do this before the lights go out?

  5. >>the behaviour of the Russians has shown that we cannot rely on them to provide a stable supply of gas<<
    I quite agree. And reducing energy consumption has to be a good thing – whether or not you believe, like Mike Cunningham clearly does not, in climate change.
    But I find myself torn over the general principle that people should be left to make their own decisions, with the principle of the common good.
    However, I think that a good guideline in such cases is where there is a tension between the two, the individual should triumph over the collective. Even for an appalling old bearded, Guardian-reading lefty like me.

  6. Jaz,

    I don’t want to speak for Mike but I reckon that he, like me, does accept that climate changes. It changes all the time, always has, always will. However I suspect Mike, like me, does not buy the AGW argument.

    That said, I do agree with what you say.

  7. It has certainly changed here in the Northeast US!

    We are due for a real cold snap tomorrow night that will stay with us for awhile. By Thursday it will be 7 degrees farenheit.

    Where’s Al when you need him?

  8. Jaz,

    "But I find myself torn over the general principle that people should be left to make their own decisions, with the principle of the common good. "

    In my view people should be left to make their own decisions, but they should pay the (true) costs. In the case of cars, say, they probably already do (and then some). But in the case of plasma TVs etc, they don’t. A revenue neutral carbon tax would be the best way of achieving this IMO (though politically very unlikely).

    Phantom,

    "We are due for a real cold snap tomorrow night that will stay with us for awhile. By Thursday it will be 7 degrees farenheit."

    Here it recently went from -5C to +7C in the space of 24 hours. I await the denialists proclamation that there is no longer any such thing as winter (winter stopped in 2008!) and we are now in a period of hyperwarming (12C per day).

  9. The polar bears are dancing with delight this week. They love these arctic winds.

    And Al’s in the witness protection program

  10. The rest of you are in the witless protection program.

  11. Pravda speaks

    Don’t tell Al

  12. Hey Phantom, I see you’re quoting the same truther (via Pravda) as Troll. No wonder you’re confused if this is where you’re getting your information.

  13. I’m just yankin your chain

    But if its in Pravda it must be true

  14. Phantom,

    And if it’s on Pravda and also on the Internet, it must be twice as true.