“Imagine a country where carbon becomes a new currency. We carry bank cards that store both pounds and carbon points” – Environment Secretary, David Miliband.
Global warming activist group Forum for the Future has issued a new video calling for a clampdown on individual’s carbon emissions.
The video, entitled ‘Carbon Clampdown,’ presents the case for instituting a new hardline regime on personal carbon allowances, but does so in as friendly a way as is possible with such a repressive idea.
The video begins with the announcement “We must act now – future generations will not have these choices to make”. It then switches to cheery pronouncements by actors clearly meant to represent ‘ordinary’ people who are so happy living under the new “carbon clampdown” regime. One character talks about how great it is that they have been given “a massive rebate on our carbon allowance” in return for “volunteering”:
“Quids in! A couple of days volunteering and a massive rebate on our carbon allowance. It’s the only way we can afford to do it.”
The video then cycles through various announcements, as though flicking through different TV channels. One such channel is the news, with the presenter talking about “a bold new scheme to tackle carbon emissions by issuing personal allowances”. Particularly sinister is a voice clearly intended to be a German scientist who announces, over a representation of a fuel gauge running to zero that:
“The dial represents the exertion of carbon by the individual. Once the dial reaches zero, you have used up all your personal carbon allowance.”
And then what happens? The video doesn’t say, it just leaves it hanging. The Forum for the Future website, though, does give some hints on what they might have in mind. Mandatory attendance of a “low carbon lifestyle training” seminar is one thought. Offenders may also be required to purchase and eat food whose production was not as carbon intensive, so as to fit in with their “daily allowance of carbon“.
Such remedies are certainly those likely to be imposed as Australia becomes the first country in the world to impose such a carbon rationing scheme. Science fiction? It’s already happening right now – as Andrew Bolt of the Sydney Herald Sun newspaper reports.
Unbelievable as it may seem, such ideas were being seriously considered by Britain’s Labour government before their defeat at the last election. The BBC reported that the chairman of the committee set up to assess the best way to set it up recommended that the scheme be run by the private sector, with all the relevant information being stored on “a single plastic card”. Unsurprisingly, the BBC also reported that global warming activist George Monbiot applauded the idea, saying:
“It’s easy for everyone to understand, you all get the same carbon ration. It also contains an inbuilt incentive for people to think about their energy use and to think about how they are going to stay within their carbon ration.””
Have a look at the “Carbon Clampdown” video here: