This has to be the bizarro story of the day: an environmental zealot in the UK thinks that Britons should be forbidden to travel abroad because their carbon footprint is several sizes bigger than it should be.
It wouldn’t be so bad if this bloke were just a lone wacko — England, after all, has a long tradition of treasuring its eccentrics — but this nonsense is coming from one of Gordon Brown’s advisors.
According to The Examiner:
“Environment Czar” Adair Turner Wants Brits to Stay in the UK
The British aren’t coming, the British aren’t coming!
It’s not fashionable these days to be critical of environmental issues, but a British advisor to the Prime Minister really needs to put a sock in it. Adair Turner is the chairman of the independent Committee on Climate Change. He advises Prime Minister Gordon Brown on environmental issues.
Turner, who is known as the “Environment Czar”, has proposed legislation to ration air travel. He believes that British citizens leave too great a “carbon footprint” so, obviously, the only solution is to prevent them from traveling abroad. His recommendation to Parliament is to prohibit UK citizens from traveling abroad more than a few times each year.
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Legislation that potentially strips free people of their own autonomy is criminal, especially when it is done under the guise of “environmentalism”. Fortunately, FlyingMatters, an organization representing airlines, airports and other travel and tourism groups, condemned Turner’s harebrained idea. FlyingMatters stated, “One always suspects with these half-baked proposals that the people who put them forward really intend them to apply to ordinary people, many of whom have only recently gained access to air travel, rather than to themselves.”
British tourists represented 1.4 million Orlando visitors in 2007. More tourists come from the UK than any other overseas location and Orlando’s economy is dependent on their patronage of our hotels, shops, theme parks and restaurants.
In related news: it may be difficult to find a flight out, anyway, because the UK’s Environment Agency will be given powers that enable it seize planes from airlines which break the stringent carbon emissions rules for aircraft.
A modest proposal: travel by wheelie-bin instead.
Hat tip: TC.