Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'll add that I think it is the "minimum necessary" that causes a lot of political heat.  For me, brownouts (for non essential business and residential) don't sound so bad.  That's because I think: "I have other things I can do apart from use electricity 24 hours a day."  For others, the minimum is whatever they use currently plus 10% for all the extras they'd like to add in (computers, televisions, electric cars etc...)

That division might also partially break down into DeAnander's "left/right" and "technocrat/green"...it mixes the "I deserve as much as I can get--and can pay for"; "Don't make me eat cold porridge, this tech. is great, let's use it!"; "We're all doomed if we keep consuming this much!"; "We'd be happier if we switched off, wandered out, and got back into our bodies"...and all those many points between, beyond, and elsewhere.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 07:24:59 PM EST
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