Liberal Fun Police Add Binge-Watching To List Of Climate No-Nos
A recent study by The Shift Project has liberal climate activists setting their targets on binge-watching television as the next sin contributing to “manmade climate change.”
The findings by the French think tank have mainstream outlets warning people about the environmental repercussions of streaming devices like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
The New York Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Gizmodo and the BBC are among mainstream media outlets pushing the report as a warning to the world.
According to The Shift Project’s Maxime Efoui-Hess, “Researchers estimate that watching a half-hour show via an on-demand video app emits 1.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the environment — the equivalent of driving almost 4 miles.”
34 percent of online traffic comes from streaming videos on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, with the next biggest portion being online pornography.
Larger television sizes are also to blame according to Greenpeace’s Gary Cook, who noted, “The changing screen size and related shift to digital video technology has set the stage for higher definition and thus larger file sizes that we are streaming.”
According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 4K screens use roughly 30 percent more energy than HD screens, and with 8K screens hitting the market last year, regulations against quality televisions are likely on the horizon.
In The Shift Project’s report, Climate Crisis: The Unsustainable Use of Online Video, the group pitches “digital sobriety” as a solution to the climate impact of streaming services.
Of course, the group calls on more government regulations to ensure people comply, saying, “self-regulation of broadcasting platforms nor the voluntary decisions of users will suffice.”
“At the individual level, being ‘digitally sober’ in one’s online video consumption means using the lowest definition that can be used to benefit from contents, reducing one’s consumption, and being more selective about what one watches,” the report explains.
Collectively, the group says, “regulatory bodies, politicians, service providers, the law and users” must collaborate to come up with solutions.
Revealing their true intentions, the study states, “The global dimension of the digital system demands both national and international regulatory tools: an excellent subject for the European Union.”