Sacrebleu! The French repeal female pants ban!

The equal rights for women campaign has reached a new level in France.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Strides towards equality. The equal rights for women campaign has reached a new level in France.

It may soon even be legal for females to wear pants in public! French Senator Maryvonne Blondin has introduced legislation to repeal a ban on pant wearing introduced in late 1799 by Paris' police chief who stipulated than any woman wishing to "dress like a man" must seek special permission from police. The original law was amended in 1892 and again in 1909 to allow women to wear pants "if the woman holds the hand of a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse." Cut emissions -- forget wood, build with steel. Climate conscious home builders should be turning to steel as their material of choice according to an intriguing study published on the Climate Progress website. The study compared three different materials -- steel, timber and concrete -- and found that use of steel created less carbon emissions than the other two.

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  1. John Bennetts

    It makes no sense to discuss wind and solar in terms of peak or nameplate rating of the installation. Depending on where in the world these plants are installed and how they are operated, the energy output of them averages about 20 to 25% of the nameplate.

    In particular, solar in Germany is virtually uneless in winter and at night, so the energy output of 8MW of PV in Germany is about the same as 1MW of coal fired or nuclear or other base load generators.

    Take another look at the graphs above and think of them in terms of energy output.

    The author might choose to put on rose tinted glasses and accept what is written in an article in a partisan journal. If it’s authoritative data that you want, rather than optimistic spin, I recommend a look at the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2011 ( or perhaps the International Energy Agency’s site,

    Both have country by country breakdowns of electrical generation and other energy forms such as oil and gas, expressed so that fair comparisons can be made.

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