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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Wattaya Workin' for the Power Company?

Leaving lights on when I was growing up was likely to bring that exact response from the old man. You were not, by the way, expected to answer. You were expected to trudge back up the stairs (this was before someone got smart and put the switches at the top AND the bottom of the stairs) and TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!

All that to bring to your attention this from the BBC website:

The growing popularity of hi-tech devices, such as flat-screen TVs and digital radios, threaten to undermine efforts to save energy, a report says

It seems that new, high-tech gizmology like flat-screen TVs use up to three times the amount of electricity as the old, bulky, can't-invite-the-guys-over-for-a-football-game cathode ray tube version.

In fact, according to the BBC, the amount of gagetry being purchased by UK-ans (UK-ites?) will result in "The equivalent of 14 power stations will be needed just to power consumer electronic devices by 2020, the report warned."

So, the question is: If something on the order of 2 BILLION people watch some or all of the Live Earth Concert on Saturday ... how much actual damage to the Earth will be done?

And that will be in addition to the amount of energy needed to recharge the 500,000 new iPhones from Apple. I understand that many - if not most - are replacements for other phones, but there are a lot of people who are going to keep the the phone which was on the T-Mobile (for example) network as well as their new AT&T networked iPhone.



Anonymous said...

I bet I can run my flat screen and charge my iPhone for years and still not use the amount of energy the Goracle used to attend the London concert instead of the one in Jersey.


July 4, 2007 4:50 PM  
Karen said...

The least 'green' of the population will be performing for all those who are expected to do as they say, not as they do. Just a bunch of wealthy, pampered celebs without a clue as to how absurd the whole thing is. An Algore, well, there is no hope for him.

Looks like his son was getting ready for the festivities. Who knew the hybrids could barrel along as fast?

July 5, 2007 7:44 PM  
Da Bear said...

Al Gore has established as real, the fact that our man made global warming has greatly affecteded earth's albedo, and has thus increased the pace of Jupiters cloud pattern change. The added reflection has also effected Neptune, Mars, and now Saturn.
Saturn's E- ring is now 11% less dense due to our driving a SUV and using charcoal in our bar-b-que during the 4th of July. Any chance of finding new life forms in sloar system has been forver harmed by our excessive carbon footprints and capitalistic lifestyles.
A recently unclassified Air Force report states that UFO's have increasingly avoided Earth due to the increase in green house gases caused by man. With a decrease in cow mutilations and human abductions, methane gases are also accumulating faster than the carbon credits Al Gore used to offset the green guilt in his new mansion.
We are in deep trouble, only through the gentle guiding hand of caring Democratic administration can we avoid a Venusian collaspe of our entire eco-system.

Da Bear

July 5, 2007 10:01 PM  
jon spencer said...

According to my owners manuals, my new 55" HDTV uses less power (140w) than my old 32" tube type (180w) so I am doing my part in reducing my energy usage.

July 7, 2007 5:19 AM  
azdan said...

Frank Zappa must be rolling in his grave from yesterdays love fest with Al Gore! Most musicians are not expected to be historians, but The Police and certainly Madona are old enough to remember Tippers tirade in the senate hearings. I believe the entire broadcast yesterday could have been censured and not allowed to air during public viewing hours.
But seriously how ignorant can one group of people (ie musicians) be!
And, I love the messages. "Don't use plastic grocery bags because last year alone 560 (round about)billion barrels of oil were pumped from mother earth and sold to major evil corporations to make those bags". All this brought to you by the same people who told us years ago to quit cutting down the forest to make paper bags, and changed the Big Mac packaging from paper to styrofoam, and back to paper? So next I will be asked to stuff my vegtables, dairy products, and fries into my shirt pockets for the ride home........until they find that the shirt is wool and sheep are freezing........hey, I thought we have global warming!

July 8, 2007 8:28 AM  
azdan said...

da bear, love your comments, but now you have me worried! So your now saying that not only does the rest of the world hate us, as M&M (Michael Moore) tells us......but are you saying that in reality the rest of the universe hates americans as well?????? We are truly doomed!

July 8, 2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous said...

"...UK-ans (UK-ites?)"
Being from Michigan, this item really caught my attention! The battle rages on here between Michiganders (cool!), and Michiganians (sounds illegal, doesn't it?). I propose UKanders! Has a nice ring to it!

-Winter Wonderland (soon to be tropical paradise, so keep drivin' them SUVs)

July 11, 2007 10:44 AM  

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