France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars.
At last, a state has put an end to this pointless and environmentally absurd practice. Hopefully, others will follow. There is no cogent argument not to.
Logically, the heaters themselves should be banned for domestic use as well. As with all environmental considerations, steps to prevent things getting worse should be implemented before spending money on eco-friendly anything.
A good example of doing it the other way around are friends of mine, one of whom is a board member of an environmental foundation with the word ‘Conservation’ in its title. One of the founders of this outfit was environmental consultant to a former Archbish of Cant’y.
Her o/h is a tree man and fancies himself right up there, eco-wise. Quote, on returning from a long trip round S. America, “I suppose it will be unacceptable to buy an airline ticket now”. Their airmiles have rocketed since, not least their regular trips to their properties in Eire.
They were think of putting a windmill on their house, at the western end of Holland Park Ave. W11.
But they have no TRVs on their rads. They refuse to contemplate a shower over their vast bath “because I like the bathroom the way it is now”.
The thermostat on their boiler is now +/- 40 years old. It sticks on when on and off when off. I offered a programmable digital one for free - fitting about £30 - but this offer was allowed to drift into the weeds.
Their gas stove is the first stove his mother had, when married, circa 1946. It leaks gas. A plumber, who declared it unsafe, was persuaded to fit a tap to the gas feed pipe.
They vote Green Party.
I could go on.
There is an amazing amount of not-joined-up-thinking amongst gung-ho eco types.
My other beef is jet-skis. I was plagued by these pointless articles when proprietor of a boatyard on the river Tamar. They should be banned except for close inshore rescue.
Lewis Hamilton has gone vegan because he believes it is the right eco thing to do. But in normal times you will see footage of him slashing about the harbour on a jet-ski, at Monaco GP time.