It's Earth Day! Yay, Earth!
I'm all about saving the environment so my daughter and her children will have long and wonderful lives. But I'm just not too sure about some of the promoted ways to save the planet.
Take CFL lights, for example. We're told that CFL lights take less energy to run and will eventually help in the fight against Global Warming. But what they don't tell you is that they contain mercury and can be harmful to your family's health if one breaks in your home (or in your trash). Environmentalists also don't tell you that CFL lights emit a really wimpy glow. Until CFLs are safer and brighter, I'm sticking with the status quo.
Hybrid cars are also all the rage in Environmental circles. Sure, harnessing electric power to fuel our cars instead of oil sounds neat. But if you understand cars, then you know that cars are the most fuel-efficient while you're continuously driving, such as when you catch all the green lights. The most power lost is when you brake, then it takes a lot more fuel to get going again. So it seems to me that the real enemy is not cars, SUVs or trucks, but traffic lights. If we stop putting traffic lights up every 50 feet we can stop braking all the damn time, and we will burn less fuel and ultimately save the planet. Death to traffic lights.
You hear me, Baton Rouge?!? Death to your traffic lights!!!
Or maybe we can just change the lights in traffic lights to CFLs.
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