Wouldn’t you like to have legislators acting like they believed what they say? We’re constantly told to save the planet, to use less electricity, to lower our carbon footprint, they even pass laws requiring us to do so and yet, our local, state and federal legislators work in air conditioned comfort and fly on jets at every opportunity. An article in USA Today by Glenn Reynolds suggests we ban air conditioning in Washington, D.C. so our legislators can be a good example for the rest of us. That seems like a great idea.
We should ban air conditioning in federal buildings. We won two world wars without air conditioning our federal employees. Nothing in their performance over the last 50 or 60 years suggests that A/C has improved things.
Let’s see if our local legislators can meet the challenge
His article has many recommendations, but it’s pretty easy to extend this idea right here at home in Erie County. Since our state representatives voted for Act 129 that mandates conserving electricity and using more green energy because of global warming, why not ask Pat Harkins, Flo Fabrizio and Curt Sonney to conserve electricity by turning off their office air conditioning as an example of their leadership?
Kathy Dahlkemper supports wind turbines in Lake Erie which is primarily justified as a weapon in the war against global warming, so doesn’t it make sense that she turn off the air conditioning in her office, as well? Perhaps all county offices could be naturally cooled with a breeze from an open window or two. It would also save the taxpayers money by lowering the county’s electric bill.
If our elected officials want us to lower our carbon footprint, they should show us how they do it by taking a bus to Harrisburg instead of driving their car all alone. Flying is out of the question. After all, the earth is in danger and they have to show us how easy it is to make the necessary sacrifices.
All voters and taxpayers should remind their legislators at every opportunity of the size of their carbon footprint and if government officials disregard these suggestions, ask them why.
As Glenn Reynolds has often said:
I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.
And just like your Mom always said, the best place to begin is at home. So, let’s start asking our local government officials to dramatically reduce their own energy use. It’s the right thing to do.