Those hilarious Europeans. They are threatening to ban patio heaters. Too big a carbon imprint, it seems. So much for convenience, choice, and individual liberty. Reports the Times of London:
Britain’s growing cafÃ© culture and taste for alfresco drinking and dining may be under threat from MEPs who want to ban the patio heater.
A vote in Brussels today is expected to call on the European Commission to abolish the heaters to help to tackle climate change. Such a move could cost the pub and catering trade dear.
Pubs spent about £85 million on patio heaters after the smoking ban was introduced last year. Besides forcing smokers into the cold there is concern that a ban on patio heaters could bring a significant cash loss to pubs, cafÃ©s and restaurants.
The hospitality industry has estimated that if only 10 per cent of Britain’s pubs offered outdoor facilities a ban could cost £250 million a year, or as much as £45,000 a year for a single business.
It’s so good that America isn’t like that. It would be as if Congress banned, oh, light bulbs. … Oops!
(By the way, whatever does it mean, a British “cafÃ© culture.” I love Great Britain, but a British cafÃ© culture??)