Carbon Clampdown: “Once the dial reaches zero, you have used up all your personal carbon allowance”

 

“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.””

BBC. MPs Back Personal Carbon Credits.

Have a look at the “Carbon Clampdown” video here:

17 responses to “Carbon Clampdown: “Once the dial reaches zero, you have used up all your personal carbon allowance”

  1. I don’t think the carbon credit goes far enough. In the de-industrialised world of my dreams paper money and financial plastic would be outlawed the only currency allowed would be the “carbon credit” inscribed on biodegradable birch-bark by teams of semi-literate eco-philosophers. This universal currency could be traded not just for other carbon credits but also for spears and clubs for use in our population limitation initiatives. As the cold climate caused by global warming intensifies they can also be burned to generate warmth in an emergency.

    Anybody got a match?

    Eco-geek

  2. I don’t think the carbon credit goes far enough. In the de-industrialised world of my dreams paper money and financial plastic would be outlawed. The only currency allowed would be the “carbon credit” inscribed on biodegradable birch-bark by teams of semi-literate eco-philosophers. This universal currency could be traded not just for other carbon credits but also for spears and clubs for use in our population limitation initiatives. As the cold climate caused by global warming intensifies they can also be burned to generate warmth in an emergency.

    Anybody got a match?

    Eco-geek

  3. What a prospect.

    First step- the Big Society, get everyone volunteering, then make them do it for their “carbon allowance”. Smart meters installed and obligatory – no CO2 allowance left, no heat?

  4. Small correction – it’s the Melbourne Herald Sun that Andrew Bolt writes for.

  5. Well why don’t all the warmest throw all their money and live by this if they want it so much. Why are they not living by the sword, are they all afraid to throw their hard earned cash away. I guess to them is just isn’t the same when it is just the Warmest/Alarmist doing it, they need a full consensus there too. And the believers will lose with everyone else, only the elite will benefit from this. I bet this will not apply to the rich and the elite.

  6. The proposals for an individual carbon allowance are proposals for communism. Everyone will have the same no matter what their contribution to the wellbeing of their fellow citizens, and allocation and accounting will be controlled by bureaucrats. The elite will have special allowances, provided as part of their work package, in the same way that Fidel Castro has access to eight new luxury cars.
    It’s not surprising that some in the Labour movement think this is a good thing, but it is shocking that the Tim Yeo, the Tory MP who supports such policies, is still, as far as I am aware, chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. As is all too common, he also has significant ‘eco-interests’. He is a disgrace to the Tory party.
    http://conservativehome.blogs.com/torydiary/2008/05/david-cameron-w.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Yeo

  7. I love their creepy videos. Such talentless, missing-the-mark-by-a-country-mile drivel. Who do they think will they reach with that idiocy?

    But they seem to be real. Look at the CV’s of their staff.
    http://www.forumforthefuture.org/about-us/meet-the-team/forum-teamA-H

    Can’t make this up.

  8. Future generations will look back with astonishment that such insanity hade befallen so many people. This is nothing but the dying phase of Cult of Carbon.

  9. It is apparent that the warmists have decided to use the term Carbon rather than Carbon Dioxide. Maybe we sceptics should keep hammering home that the scare is all about a gas that is accurately described by Lord Monckton, as plant food. Many growers are now feeding CO2 to their plants and getting significant increases in yield. So what would be beneficial to the world is an increase in CO2 not a decrease.

  10. So, what will they do or what will be their excuse when children start killing themsleves when their “dial” reached zero? Welcome to the Holocaust courtesy of a Leftist near you!!!

  11. Do we get extra carbon credits if we kill others, preventing their carbon credits from being used? It seems only fair.

  12. Think of the consequences after your carbon emission allowance goes to zero…

    Fart and You Die!!!!

    I think warmists would make excellent fart police, in fact that is probably about the only job they are really qualified for.

  13. Terrorists are being brought to justice in civil courts these days…
    Al Gore and the global warming alarmists such as left wing politicians, pseudo scientists, journalists, the Hollywood idiots, have been inflicting psychological terrorism upon a whole generation of children all over the world for the last 15 years.
    These charlatans should be brought to justice as the perpetrators of the biggest scam in the history of this planet.
    The social,financial and psychological damages that they caused are beyond comprehension.
    No criminal organization in history has come even close to having such a desastruous impact on so many people, for such a long time, and make so much money in the process.
    They should not be permitted to get away with it.
    Hundred of billions have been wasted on a fraud, social and economical policies have been altered based on a fraud….the moral authors of this fraud should be in jail for the rest of their lives and their fortune seized.

  14. Peter MacFarlane

    We “all” get the same carbon ration?

    So, once little Georgie has flown to one gorbal worming conference in some nice tropical resort, he than has to shut the f*** up and live on bread and water for the rest of the year, without the heating on at all?

    No, I didn’t think so either. The hell we will all have the same ration: all the little people, is what it means. Pols and celebs will carry on as per.

    I am beginning to see the attraction of violent revolution.

  15. Well, when I was a child, we used to joke about the only thing the government coulnd’t tax you for was breathing. Well it looks as though they almost found a way to do it. I look at the state of public education, and see why it was so easy to precipitate such a fraud on the world. The lies of this fraud need to be exposed to the world, and the liars punished severely. How many have died, directly or indirectly, because of the lie?

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