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Environmentalists in the UK want to tax plasmas for wasting electricity

Ben Drawbaugh

Plasmas don't get any love these days, if people aren't complaining about the theoretical possibility of burn-in or the fading of colors, it's something else. Now some environmentalists in the UK are proposing an additional tax on plasmas TVs to reflect their "greater climate change burden". Without getting involved in the whole global warming debate, our position is that any tax on HDTV is a bad thing. Seriously, there is nothing cheap about going HD, and if people who use too much electricity need to be taxed, let it be based on the actual consumption. Besides the size of the TV has a bigger impact on the power consumption than anything else, and one thing is for sure, we're not all going back to 20" CRTs.

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