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US Faces Up To Energy Cut-Backs

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posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 03:54 PM
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The US has finally admitted they must begin to conserve energy after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devestated energy supplies, causing havoc all over the country. Green campaigners and the California energy crisis of 2001 tried and failed to persuade the US to mend their ways, but only now after two horrific natural disasters have they realised it is time to act.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
Consumers are being urged to install insulation in their homes, to use a thermostat to lower winter heating bills, to improve car maintenance and reduce driving speeds, in a raft of advice that for some recalls the strictures of the 1970s energy crisis.

Last week, President George W Bush directed government employees to cut back on non-essential travel, and encouraged them to carpool, telecommute and use buses or the subway.

Air conditioning at the White House was turned down a few notches, while staff were reminded to turn off electronic equipment at the end of the day.

On Wednesday, a national effort will be launched to persuade consumers to switch to light bulbs that use less electricity in a country where almost 20% of residential electricity demand is for lighting.

The surging costs of energy are identified by pollsters as one reason why Mr Bush's approval ratings have fallen to new lows.



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Shouldnt the US (and every other country for that matter) be cutting back on energy consumption anyway?

Im not saying we should go back to candles and cooking on fires, but the whole world needs to cut back on the amount of energy we consume...at least until we find a renewable 100% clean power source that is!

[edit on 6/10/2005 by MickeyDee]

[edit on 10/12/05 by FredT]




posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 04:01 PM
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Your introduction is a verbatim quote from the article. That is a big no-no.




Hurricanes Katrina and Rita appear to have achieved what green campaigners and the California energy crisis of 2001 could not, namely the belated conversion of the Bush administration to energy efficiency.


Energy production has been disrupted by two hurricanes in a month

Asked four years ago if Americans should change their energy-thirsty lifestyles, Vice-President Dick Cheney said: "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."

But now, with the supply from energy producers in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted by two hurricanes in a month, the White House is changing tack.

news.bbc.co.uk...



[edit on 2005/10/6 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 04:27 PM
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Was hoping nobody would realise


Fixed now...sorry...just me being lazy...AGAIN!


Mic



 
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