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Red-hot hypocrites January 31, 2009

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Red-hot hypocrites

From the Andrew Bolt Blog, January 31, 2009

Add Barack Obama to the list of global warming preachers who demand you make do with less of the stuff they can’t do without.

Here’s what Obama says:

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said. “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.

Here’s what Obama does:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

HERE is a local variant, albeit not so manifestly hypocritical, from the green rabble that now runs blacked-out, brown-lawned Victoria.

Here’s what the Government says:

With the extreme hot temperatures it’s important that people are sensible, that they only use air-conditioners and the like when they need to.

Here’s the best the Government will do by way of setting an example:

Mr Brumby said he had told government departments to set their air conditioners at 26 degrees

Or how about South Australian Premier Mike Rann? The voters are told to turn off their own air-conditioners:

THE State Government says a press release urging people to use alternatives to air conditioning during a 40C-plus heatwave was merely intended to save you money…. Citing our community’s environmental responsibilities, the Government today put out a press release saying there were many alternatives to using air conditioners, urging South Australians to instead insulate ceilings, use external blinds or a pergola to shade windows, and use fans.

But if they’re really hot, Rann will let them use the air-conditioners still blowing on his staff:

PREMIER Mike Rann has invited South Australans into public service office buildings to take advantage of their air-conditioning today.

I bags Rann’s office.

MEANWHILE, Victoria is planning fresh ways to make airconditioners so expensive that only the rich could afford to use them in a heatwave:

Smart-meter trials currently being conducted by retailer Energy Australia put a $2 a kilowatt/hour charge on energy used during days when the network is under pressure.

Under the trial, the charge is applied for a duration of six hours on those days in a move designed to avoid blackouts by getting consumers to switch energy use to off-peak times.

The air-conditioners in most Australian homes average 6.5 watts, meaning the cost of running the unit for those six hottest hours would be about $78 a day.

If your home has ducted air-conditioning, which averages 14.5 watts, then your power bill would hit $174 a day just for running the air-conditioner alone….

Victoria will lead the national roll-out of smart meters with its 2.7 million homes and businesses the first to be equipped with the infrastructure, no later then 2013.

Have they worked out yet how many people their green plans will kill?



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