All I need to know about the American Left and the “Green Movement”, I learned back in the Nineties. In those days, I worked on office equipment – copiers, faxes, typewriters, and that strange bird known as the 486, which deserves a post all it’s own.
Anyway, Energy Star was brand-new, and my company’s wily salesmen used it as a huge selling point. Many times, the entire decision to buy hinged on the fact that this machine was “energy efficient.” The client would ooo and aaah over the copier shutting down after a minute’s inactivity. And inevitably, within two weeks, a technician would be called to disable the Energy Star features.
Here’s the thing. Those who howled loudest about the horrible inconvenience of waiting ten seconds to send a fax or half a minute to make a copy were the same ones who, by their votes and activism, were responsible for these ‘features’ being added. Public defender firms. Artsy design firms. Edgy left-wing newspapers. Yes, bankers and accountants and dark-paneled law firms made noise, too, but not near so loud and angry as the ones who wanted everyone else to use them and be happy about it.
That’s why I’m a little cynical about The Greenies.