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Re: [Fsfe-uk] ZDNet Carbon-neutral PC runs Vista (not Free software)

From: Jon Grant
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] ZDNet Carbon-neutral PC runs Vista (not Free software)
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 21:46:52 +0100

> Which won't work because people can't distinguish the effect of
> running a computer from all the other things which affect their energy
> consumption!

If the tax is on the purchase price consumer can "see the
environmental cost" without the need to laboriously measure the actual
energy usage of the PC after they've already purchased it.

A label like this on a Vista Tower PC £999 would suffice:
"This product will release XXXX of CO2 over it's lifetime which
inflated the above price by £200".

Each hardware component can have its price inflated by the energy
usage, and also the OS software by it's anticipated energy usage.

Cheers, Jon
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