Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs
mobbsy

I find it very hard to believe that 76% of British people believe in reducing energy use through lifestyle changes and energy efficiency when air travel has increased 83% over the past 10 years (by number of trips, 78% by distance travelled), car travel continues to increase (10.5% up by distance), average distance travelled by foodstuffs has increased by 15%, and overall energy consumption per capita by 7%. (I'm sure that last number would be higher if it weren't for the decline of UK manufacturing industry over the same time).

Am I too cynical? Do 76% of people really accept that they'll have to greatly reduce foreign holidays, stop buying cheap produce all year round regardless of season, drive less, get fewer and more expensive services and goods? Or is it that they're willing to fit some energy saving lightbulbs so long as they don't cost too much, and hoping somebody else will cut down? Of course there's also the view that the government should "do something", preferably "something" that doesn't increase tax on fuel (88% of people don't want that from the survey above).

http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_transstats/documents/downloadable/dft_transstats_609987.pdf
http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,2763,1528963,00.html
http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/performance/Energy.htm
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