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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Saving the planet one milliwatt at a time.

Here is a story I have already heard enough of and it hasn't even been fully played out of the Today show yet. This 'energy vampire' thing that NBC rammed down our throats during Green Week. Apparently, appliances that are not in use use electricity to run the clocks and save your settings. No surprise there. According to one article, it is usually "between 0.5 and 25 watts, though it can reach 50 watts or more in some cases". That's a pretty big range. I guess Europe should unplug CERN when they're not using it.

This is a great saver of electricity, I'm sure. Maybe not as much as shutting off your TV for an hour. Like during "America's Got Talent"? Or for the first 35 minutes of "Deal or No Deal"? I guess that's not the kind of energy NBC wants to conserve.

This penny-wise, pound-foolish attitude toward energy conservation is bringing me down. How about we ban NASCAR for a year? That would save more energy than just about anything I can think of. In addition to 250 miles of high-octane left turns, you also have the 35,000 cars that drive to see them each week. Many in 8-mile-to-the-gallon Winnebagos.

I drive a 4-cylinder car and only enter the highway when the on-ramp is down hill. I think I can afford to leave the clock on my microwave on.

29 comments:

That Guy said...

I can see it now...Fuel Cell NASCAR. All the thrills with none of the exhaust fumes! And the cars wash the track themselves!

ASG said...

We discussed Fuel Cell NASCAR and the possibilities are great:
* Bigger explosions!!! Everyone knows that crashes, not left turns, are the real draw for NASCAR fans.
* Darwinism Live on your TV!!! In a stunning, and tragic, event; 2,000 NASCAR fans were killed instantly during the massive 20 car pile-up in Turn 4 of the Alabama Speedway yesterday. This brings the total NASCAR death toll to 12,000 after the first 6 races since the switch to Fuel Cell technology. GM reports large interest in it's new Fuel Cell RV & Portable Grill/Rocket Launcher line.

That Guy said...

Apparently ASG went to the Hindenburg School of Big Bangs where every flammable gas leads to catastrophic consequences...

ASG said...

MCO - It's November! There's an election going on! You only have a few more months until your freedom of speech is stuck on the Great Wall of China in effigy!

Post damn you!

POST!

That Guy said...

The Great Wall of China is where it's at ironically.

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