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Power Hogs Targeted by France in Big Brother Legislation

Posted By yihan On October 19, 2012 @ 7:24 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Tara Patel
Bloomberg [1]
October 19, 2012

Heating a French home could soon require an income tax consultation or even a visit to the doctor under legislation to force conservation in the nation’s $46 billion household energy market.

A bill adopted by the lower house this month would set prices that homes pay based on wages, age and climate. Utilities Electricite de France SA [2] and GDF Suez SA (GSZ) [3] will use the data to reward consumers who cut power and natural gas usage and penalize those whom regulators decide are wasteful.

“It’s Orwellian,” opposition lawmaker Daniel Fasquelle said by telephone. “The law will create huge inequalities and infringe on people’s individual freedoms. It won’t work.”

Socialist President Francois Hollande [4] is pushing boundaries of privacy and privilege in carrying out a campaign promise to reduce energy costs. France, which built the world’s biggest reliance on nuclear power as other nations buckled under public anxiety over atomic energy, is now seeking support to reward homes for “negawatts,” or not using a kilowatt of power.

Full story here. [1]


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[1] Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-18/power-hogs-targeted-by-france-in-big-brother-legislation.html

[2] Electricite de France SA: http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/EDF:FP

[3] GDF Suez SA (GSZ): http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GSZ:FP

[4] Francois Hollande: http://topics.bloomberg.com/francois-hollande/

[5] Libya uprising: Britain and France back ‘targeted’ strikes to stop Gaddafi using chemical weapons: http://www.prisonplanet.com/libya-uprising-britain-and-france-back-targeted-strikes-to-stop-gaddafi-using-chemical-weapons.html

[6] France leapfrogs past Australia in Big Brother stakes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-leapfrogs-past-australia-in-big-brother-stakes.html

[7] To Promote The Great European Socialist Revolution, France’s Hollande Will Ban Homework: http://www.prisonplanet.com/to-promote-the-great-european-socialist-revolution-frances-hollande-will-ban-homework.html

[8] 18 Examples Of How Christians Are Being Specifically Targeted By Big Brother: http://www.prisonplanet.com/18-examples-of-how-christians-are-being-specifically-targeted-by-big-brother.html

[9] Rich French Citizens are Leaving France: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rich-french-citizens-are-leaving-france.html

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