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Date published: 2008/01/31

The BBC says:

A call for a ban on outdoor heaters has been backed by the European Parliament.

MEPs voted to endorse a report that says a timetable should be set to phase out patio heaters, as well as standby modes on televisions.

Report author Fiona Hall - a British MEP - says significant steps have to be taken to cut CO2 emissions, and a ban should at least be considered.

But experts disagree about the impact outdoor heaters have on the environment compared with other appliances.

A climate change expert commissioned by the UK's biggest supplier of one of the fuels used by patio heaters, liquefied petroleum gas, Calor, said the overall impact of the heaters on emissions was "very minimal".

Dr Eric Johnson, National Expert Reviewer for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that plasma TVs produced more carbon than patio heaters under normal usage patterns.

But Fiona Hall told the BBC that figures she had seen showed that if a car was run for a year it would emit three tonnes of carbon dioxide, while the figure for an outdoor heater would be four tonnes.

The academic middle class in action. They believe they should tell you how you can and cannot spend your carbon budget. (So what we should have is a carbon tax, and then let people do what they want.) The academic middle class don't like patio heaters, so of course nobody should be able to use patio heaters. Hey, why stop at patio heaters. Let's ban barbecues, and any other outdoor fires. Let's ban newspapers (do they serve any purpose?). Let's ban cinema (definitely no useful purpose). Let's just ban everything that anyone doesn't like. (Well of course the academic middle class won't ban things that they themselves like, it's just things that other people like that they will ban.)

It would be interesting to compare the total annual emissions from all patio heaters in the UK versus the total emissions due to the existence of the European Parliament (so including travel). Not to mention that most citizens of the UK would agree that patio heaters serve more purpose in life than the European Parliament. So if it is "waste" that we are trying to eliminate, let's eliminate the European Parliament.

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