This subject is relevant to white goods because it’s now used as a well established marketing tool employed by all manufacturers and it shapes how many of our household appliances are designed and marketed. Although I haven’t written a direct article on this topic before I’ve long since been a sceptic about man-made climate change and wrote a lengthy article recently entitled, Do we really need to dump our old inefficient appliances to save money and the world?
I don’t claim my article proves anything, and concede I could be being over-sceptical but I wanted to explore my concerns and still welcome any clarification on the subject.
I’m sceptical about the claims of man-made climate change because I can’t help thinking if the earth is really in such serious danger and we are causing it then governments would surely clamp down severely on the people destroying the earth instead of just charging them money. Instead of passing essential laws to save the earth from imminent destruction they’ve mostly just raised taxes on many things and just made it more expensive collecting lots of extra tax. Large companies can even carry on destroying the earth as long as they use carbon offsetting which involves paying for the privilege. I just find it hard to believe the earth is under such serious threat of destruction and the main method of preventing it is to raise taxes and try to persuade people not to do it by making it a bit more expensive to do.
It has to be said that there’s little doubt we are seeing major climate change in places, what is contested though is whether it is being caused by us or it is natural. Clearly, natural and often dramatic or catastrophic climate change has always occurred throughout the earth’s history. Maybe its just something we can’t stop? My own personal conspiracy theory is that it’s a ingenious ruse to prevent India and China from developing any further and taking over as the main super powers, which has been on the cards for some years now.
Recently I’ve seen several articles about what’s been dubbed, “climategate”, where hackers have apparently got hold of many emails from some of the main scientists responsible for the statistics “proving” man made climate change at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, where they have apparently colluded to delete and manipulate data that contradicts their claims. The Telegraph has published an article saying Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation
Relevant links – some very interesting links on the topic –
- Global warming rigged? Here’s the email I’d need to see (Article by George Monbiot – Guardian.co.uk)
- What happened to global warming? (BBC news article)
So should we reject all this talk about environmentally friendly household appliances?
This whole affair has yet to play out fully, who knows where it will lead. In the interim period I’ve never had any objection to appliances and indeed any product we buy using less energy, using less water and costing less to use. There’s nothing wrong with saving money, in fact it’s a great idea. I just think manufacturers need to make sure they don’t address one “problem” only to cause others such as making washing machines that don’t rinse so well ( Why can’t modern washing machines rinse properly? ) and we don’t get conned into scrapping perfectly working “old” appliances to buy one that’s supposedly cheaper to run but doesn’t necessarily wash or rinse as well or last anywhere near as long – working out more expensive.