"Simon Conway - the human time machine. We're headed to a place I've already lived through!" If you've listened to me on the air a few times, then you will probably have heard me say that. But what I'm about to tell you, I have not lived through. It does however, come from a place which tends to be a future predictor of what is coming here.
Just like here, the UK has an Environmental Agency. Just like here, the agency is completely out of step with the beliefs and the will of the people.
Right now just two in five of the UK population believe that global warming is caused by human activity.
Despite that, the serious proposal on the table right now is that everyone in the UK should have an annual carbon RATION. If you overspend on it, then you will be fined. If you underspend on it, then you can sell your unused carbon to someone who uses more!
Everyone would be issued with a unique number - "I am not a number - I am a MAN" (if you can tell me where that comes from you win the prize of being really hip!) - and you would have to give your number (the Nazis did something with numbers too - I forget right now) when you were buying stuff that contributes to your carbon footprint. Now of course, this is Government so although it may start off as gas and airline tickets, you know they will see the tax potential and eventually include candy because of course candy takes energy to make and therefore increases your footprint! ARRRGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Somebody shoot me now!!
The proposal further suggests that just like with your bank account, you are going to be sent a monthly statement (errr...did anyone figure out that takes trees and stamps and gas to deliver?) to "help people keep track of what they are using" according the the UK Telegraph. And here's the kicker. If your account hits zero, then you have to pay to get more credits.
But perhaps the most scary and Orwellian stuff is this. And of course, there has to be a bad guy right? Listen to this OFFICIAL Government quote.
A spokesman for the Agency said the following: "A lot of people who cycle will get money back. It will probably only be bankers and those with extravagant lifestyles who would lose out."
The scheme is part of - wait for it - Britain's "Green New Deal" - again, I am not joking.
It does have it's critics of course. One of those evil Bankers weighed in with the following. She is an economist with the Arbuthnot Banking Group and she told the UK Daily Mail: "This is all about control of the individual and you begin to wonder whether this is what the green agenda has always been about. It is Orwellian. This will be an enormous tax on business."
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