Although very popular in America, even in sunny California where there is terrace than the bears in the winter months (very inaccurate), the patio heaters only if spread in Europe after the ban on smoking in enclosed spaces have paid up. In England, the bar owners have invested heavily in these devices – about 86.5 million pounds – when it became public the government’s intention to ban smoking in public spaces. In fact, for those who already have tornado the frigid British streets (and sweated profusely in the super-heated shops and houses), the initiative was only expected. Last week, urged by Liberal MP (?) Democrat Fiona Hall, supported by his colleagues the liberal wing (?), MEPs voted for a resolution proposing to ban these and “other inefficient equipment in terms of energy. ‘patio heaters run mostly by burning gas, natural (methane), butane or propane so that the conversion of chemical energy to thermal energy in the fuel is in very efficient reality these appliances much more efficient than any electric heating if we count the production in thermal power plants and transmission of electricity. Regarding the emission CO2, whose “saving” so worriesMEPs, the heaters account for a tiny share of these – about 0.002% in England where there are currently about 1.2 million of these devices, let alone that emissions from televisions (which emit about 210 times more CO2). As said Eric Johnson, British expert for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: “The overall impact of outdoor heaters on global warming and greenhouse gases is very minimal, and when you look at the domestic models used the impact is virtually nonexistent. (…) Indeed, the plasma televisions produce far more CO2 that patio heaters “. Obviously, heat the outdoor air, polluting and very little heat which is efficient equipment is an uphill task . But do not believe anyone thinks to prohibit campfires and other “waste” of heating used by those who have to work on the streets in less mild latitudes. Must surely be a waste to Fiona Hall heating uninsulated cabins of toll motorways and the like, where warm air escapes every opening of the door, but I doubt that portage irons agree with the liberal MEP. I would say that the MEPs are so concerned about CO2 emissions, there are numerous points of its own policy that should review, including the issue of carbon credits and biofuel. But considering the antitobacco crusade of MEP and the realization that this equipment is mainly used, at least in England, to make the less disagreeable life of smokers say that their problem with the patio heaters is not your ridiculous emissions but rather the fact that mitigate the ordeal of smoking. Carlos already reported the proposal law that would prohibit the fatty access to restaurants Mississippi and Hawaii state news arrives that if you want to ban smoking on beaches, parks and outdoor recreation areas (ie practically only can smoking in the house). US gets us further news racing in idiocy with the resolution adopted in Europe: smoking anywhere in the Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the most popular tracks of NASCAR. The gigantic track viewers remain subject to massive emissions leaks (more pollutants and harmful, not to mention the brutal waste of fuel and concomitant CO2 emissions than there happen) and the pleasant smell of burning rubber but their ecological awareness, health, and nostrils are now protected from the real danger: tobacco smoke!