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New government task force apppointed, headed by 'Lights Tsar', to get businesses, councils and individuals to switch off their lights (APRIL FOOL)

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New government task force apppointed, headed by 'Lights Tsar', to get businesses, councils and individuals to switch off their lights (APRIL FOOL)

Post by Tony Bennett on 01.04.13 20:10

Given our looming energy crisis due to the insane levels of expenditure on wind turbines and the wholly unnecessary closure of coal-fired power stations just to appease the global warmists, this report was, initially, very believable:


Monday Telegraph Business section, H/T Ian Campbell.

Britain must turn off its lights, Coalition Insists

MINISTERS are stepping up efforts to cut Britain's energy usage ahead of a looming power crunch, with the creation of a taskforce charged with switching off the country's lights.

The Coalition will this week begin recruiting thousands of workers for the organisation, which is to be headed by a dedicated "Lights Tsar".

Employees will be tasked with going door-to-door to businesses and homes to manually switch off unnecessary lights. Staff at the agency will be able to issue penalty notices to repeat offenders and will be armed with binoculars and other equipment to allow them to ascertain whether rooms are empty or in use.

Reducing energy demand is seen as the cheapest and quickest way of avoiding electricity shortages as investment in new power plants stalls.

The new taskforce will have an annual budget of £25m and begin switching off lights next month. By contrast, new gas-fired power plants cost £1bn and take three years to build.

Whitehall sources say they believe consumers may have been misled by ministers repeatedly emphasising the importance of "keeping the lights on". While the new interventionist approach is likely to prove controversial, ministers believe it can be justified as "helping consumers to help themselves". One source said: "It's the little things that count. Do you really need the kitchen light on when you're watching TV in the living room? We don't think so and we're aiming to come down hard on those who do."

The policy was described by energy expert Olaf Priol as a "win-win-win" for the Coalition. A DECC source said: "We are committed to making these lights go out."


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Post by Peneda Geres on 01.04.13 21:13

Wave power is so obvious, so obvious it will never happen.
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