A modest proposal for a greener December

All those ultra greens who are busy telling my constituents they should not take the car to get to work or to bring the weekly shopping home might like to campaign against an easier target to cut our carbon emissions.

Have they noticed how many shops, offices, homes, trees and streets are being adorned with numerous lights? Do they realise these lights are going to be kept on for all of December? We know we do not need these lights for anything other than adornment, as we get on fine without them all the rest of the year. Wouldn’t it be a modest proposal to ban them as unnecessary planet wreckers? They are kept going by electricity from the national grid, mainly generated from hydrocarbons.

Tomorrow I am going to attend the ceremony to turn the lights on in Wokingham, as I love them. I do so wondering for how much longer we will be allowed this indulgence by the greens’ carbon police? I look forward to a debate on this on the BBC, as one of their many daily climate change items.

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5 Comments

  1. Steven_L
    Posted December 1, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I hope they do try and ban Christmas and walk away with egg on their faces, but they probably know better.

  2. Tony Makara
    Posted December 1, 2007 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Back in the 1960s I remember how shops would leave their lights on after closing and it always made the high street look very picturesque and a pleasing place to walk through. Often on a nice evening my mother would take for a walk through the high street in the evening just to buy us sweets, more for the walk than the sweets. This of course was in the days before ugly shop girders made town centres look like war zones. Now town centres only attract anti-social youths and are not a fit place for an evening stroll.

    As much as I support calls for a greener and cleaner world, I feel that the green agenda is becoming something of an orthodoxy with some people who lose sleep over the size of their carbon footprint and anxiously check the temperature in every room just in case they a few degrees the wrong side of political correctness. Green politics is a good idea, plastic carrier-bags and other types of waste are an environmental hazard, but green politics must be sensible politics too.

  3. Derek Tipp
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    You are quite right, John, and what about all those patio heaters, now being used to keep smokers warm as they huddle outside the pub? How sad it is that we are being led into so much cost to us all, with no observable gain to the planet. I invite readers to visit my blog at http://climatescience.blogspot.com for a cool look at the subject

  4. Sam Tarran
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    By your tone (if it can be called that), I'm not sure whether you're serious or taking the micky.

    Reply: "A Modest Proposal" is a reference to Swift's satire where he recommended eating babies to tackle famine.

  5. Derek Tipp
    Posted December 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I put something on this blog yesterday and look here today it's happening! Christmas trees will be next!

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