OK, OK, cBS News did not go that far, but
Like many individuals, it’s time for the technology industry to go on a diet. But rather than cutting back on calories, it needs to start conserving kilowatts.
The gadgets in our homes and offices collectively consume an enormous amount of power. Home electronics accounted for 82 billion kilowatt-hours of U.S. household electricity in 2001, according to the federal Department of Energy. That’s roughly the equivalent of 94 million tons of carbon dioxide.
The point of the article is valid: units that run on electricity using large amounts even when the device is not turned on.
According to the Department of Energy, “In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.”
But, as usual, someone in the Big Media manages to link this to global warming, albeit subtly. Quite frankly, if they really wanted people to comply, they wouldn’t mention it at all, instead, pushing it as a money saver. Bet they could get people to take care of business that way.
Notice that the first 3 comments (though one is by the same person) notice where the article was going. I did, too, when I saw the headline.
In other hysterical news
- Global Warming May Reduce Carbon Sink Capacity In Northern Forests (there’s that deep scientific word “may” again.)
- Global warming hits Australia with fires and floods (because they never happened before. Snicker)
- Nature and Man Jointly Cook Arctic (someone at the AP is apparently starting to read actual scientific studies)
- Methane tax on farm animals soon to come?
Say, exactly what is the correct temperature for the Earth?
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