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There's an interesting debate surrounding banning outdoor heaters in light of July 1's smoking ban. Ken Livingstone has just weighed in, agreeing with Friends of the Earth that the devices are "planet wrecking". The subject raises some questions over how much the city might owe citizens adversely affected by its litigation. The concern is, of course, highly pragmatic and potentially irrelevant, but should there be some compensation given to the smokers getting booted out of indoor spaces?

The argument by FOE addresses only the energy waste of patio heaters, which is of valid concern. The government should, though, consider some of the quality-of-life implications of these types of measures.

Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 21/06/07



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