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On Earth Day, I Expanded My Carbon Footprint
Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 04/23/2012 3:34:04 AM PDT by Kaslin

To celebrate “earth day” this year, I decided that I would do what the Obama administration just hasn’t been able to figure out: I would stimulate the economy by the conscious expansion of my carbon footprint.

So I ran the air conditioning for a while in my house.

I also turned all the lights on in the house. Well, actually, I just didn’t turn off the lights my kids turned on. Through this process of reverse attrition, at one point, all the lights in the house eventually were on.

I call this Ransom’s Law: The amount of lights you have burning in the house is in direct proportion to the ratio between the kids and the adults living in the house.

Mathematically it looks something like this:

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When the last light, the refrigerator light, stayed on because someone forgot to shut the fridge door, I shouted out: “Hurrah for our carbon footprint!”

Later in the day I revived the quaint custom of the Sunday afternoon drive with my wife. I hit every red light, accelerated quickly to use more gas, used busy streets for more stop- and-go traffic and ran the air conditioner in the car at full blast

We made frequent stops at friends’ houses to urge them to get out and expand their own carbon footprint.

Because here’s the essential dichotomy that the country faces: We won’t get out of the economic slump while we have leaders who think that everything has to be rationed except for other people’s money.

This is especially true about energy. Energy quite literally is the fuel on which our economy runs. More fuel, better performance.

Let’s have a plan that stops rationing energy and instead uses much, much more energy.

Obama and friends don’t seem to understand that plentiful energy creates more money, more economic activity; that the more we drill for domestic sources of oil and gas, and the more we use cheap, plentiful coal, the more prosperous the country is going to become.

And if the folks in Washington aren’t going to cut spending, the least they could do is let the rest of us use the economy so that deficit isn’t as big.

If you are a teacher and you want smaller class sizes, tell the Obama administration to quit mucking around with regulations that keep the economy under the liberal thumb. Class size will go down when local economies pick up and more local revenues are created that fund schools. The school budget crisis is largely driven by poor economic conditions, not low tax rates.

If you are a government employee who is worried about the gap in your pension funding, then write a letter to the president and tell him to turf his environmental allies on the Keystone pipeline. Your pension expands when the economy expands. Were it not for the oil and gas industries, your pension would face an even graver shortfall than it does today.

A recent report from Sonecon, an economic advisory firm that analyzes the impact of government policies, studied the investment results from the two largest public pension programs in 17 states. The study covered approximately 60 percent of all the public pension assets in those states. The assets were invested on behalf of teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees.

According to the report, “The average rate of return on investments by these funds in oil and natural gas stocks was seven times greater than the average return on their investments in all other assets. This ratio ranged from a low of 2.7 to 1 to a high of 40 to 1.”

If you are an activist worried about inexpensive housing for the poor, high energy prices don’t help make housing more affordable. High energy prices hit the poor the hardest.

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1 posted on 04/23/2012 3:34:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

To: Kaslin

We managed 14,964 watts (approximate), INCLUDING a generator-tester with a dozen 400 watt illuminators guzzleing gas..
THAT lit up our part of the world.

2 posted on 04/23/2012 4:06:20 AM PDT by Flintlock (TRUTH; The new hate speech..)

To: Kaslin

I would not do that but I don’t stop my normal use of electricity on any Earth Day. I think that both sides are crazy. Just use your day to day usage.

3 posted on 04/23/2012 4:18:31 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)

To: napscoordinator

I treated Earth day just like any other regular day

4 posted on 04/23/2012 4:20:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)

To: Kaslin

I double-bagged all my purchases (plastic bags, of course).

5 posted on 04/23/2012 4:22:07 AM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)

To: Kaslin

I burned a few stumps using kerosene and potassium nitrate.

6 posted on 04/23/2012 4:28:04 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything

To: Kaslin

Gosh, I forgot all about Earth Day.

7 posted on 04/23/2012 4:37:23 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)

To: Kaslin

I cut down a tree and am currently burning it.

8 posted on 04/23/2012 4:50:26 AM PDT by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)

To: Kaslin
I had to turn the thermostat down to 64 to get the AC to come on. The wife complained about the cold, but it was a sweltering 67 degrees outside.
9 posted on 04/23/2012 4:54:32 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)

To: texas booster

I burned my annual truclk tire soaked in kerosene. Ghia, I love you.

10 posted on 04/23/2012 4:56:45 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)

To: texas booster

I burned my annual truck tire soaked in kerosene. Ghia, I love you.

11 posted on 04/23/2012 4:56:53 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)

To: Kaslin

Styrofoam bonfire in the back yard. Woo hoo! Happy Earth Day!

12 posted on 04/23/2012 5:09:04 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)

To: Kaslin

What day was Earth Day?

13 posted on 04/23/2012 5:20:12 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)

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14 posted on 04/23/2012 5:32:22 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)

To: NRA1995

Same as V. Lenin’s birthday.

15 posted on 04/23/2012 5:50:36 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)

I cut up a tree with a 2 cycle chainsaw in order to burn it next winter.

16 posted on 04/23/2012 5:52:20 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)

To: MrB

Hey, I too cut down a tree with my chain saw. Thanks for reminding my just how I helped our environment. That tree was an eye sore.

17 posted on 04/23/2012 6:02:43 AM PDT by gathersnomoss

To: gathersnomoss

Yep, and I’m going to put all that sequestered CO2 back in the atmosphere this fall/winter for other trees to use next spring.

18 posted on 04/23/2012 6:06:20 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)

To: IowaHawk

I think you have a little “Earth Day” activity every year don’t ‘cha?

19 posted on 04/23/2012 6:37:12 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)

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