In spades here:
Phil Woolas, the Climate Change minister, made the point as he announced that there had been a tenfold rise in the outdoor heaters at pubs and restaurants since the smoking ban came into force last year.
The minister said: “The official line to take is, when outside, wear a jumper.”
His comments echoed those of the head of the Government’s Energy Saving Trust.
Philip Selwood, the Trust’s chief executive, called for a national ban and added: “Why don’t people just wear a jumper?”
Last year, the trust estimated that the number of patio heaters would double this year to 2.3 million, which would produce as much carbon dioxide as driving 200,000 cars from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
We might hope that this would help to beat into their heads that the economy, society itself, is simply too complex for anyone to be able to hope to change one part of it without influencing others. It won\’t stop people, of course, but we can still hope, can\’t we?
One small thought: if climate change is, as Sir David King has suggested, a greater problem than terrorism, doesn\’t that mean that we should allow smoking in pubs again in order to do away with this evil of patio heaters?