Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Baby It's Cold Inside

I keep hearing ads on the radio reminding people that air conditioners account for the greatest portion of our daily energy consumption and asking people to be considerate and try not to crank their AC, particularly during the day when they're not home. The results could be brownouts and potentially, a flashback to that oh so interesting day on August 14, 2003 when there was a major North American blackout.

I just shake my head.

We live in such a "me, me, me" society that pleading for the good of the general public isn't likely to be heard. Not based on the way we drive so aggressively, cutting each other off, not letting people in when lanes are merging, not based on the way I remember seeing people push and shove and butt in ahead of the line during the last railway mishap that cancelled the GO trains and left tens of thousands of commuters seeking bus transportation. Not based on the blatant way we waste natural resources and still barely scratch the surface of reduce, reuse and recycle.

I'm thinking the best way to actually get to people in our society, to try to get them to conserve energy might be to remind them that if the power goes out it'll hamper their ability to download porn and pirated software, music, television programs and movies off the internet. Yeah, maybe then they'll take notice.


lime said...

yep, either that or simply let them suffer the consequences of stupid choices. of course, that also affects the people who have made good choices, and that stinks.

Ryan Oakley said...

I loved the blackout. I hope it happens again. Like in twenty minutes from now.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Unless all of us start being more curteous to each other we'll all suffer the consequences. If we are asked to cut down, then we should not hesitate to do so...After all it will affect us in the long run and we will be the ones suffering the brown-out consequences.