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March 26, 2009

Jolly Green Nannies

California, the land of Loony Left, keeps coming up with new ways of enforcing AGW stoopid

In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers.

So, what's the crux of the problem... can't paint suppliers just come up with new, less heat-absorbent dark paints? According to Ward's, suppliers have reportedly been testing their pigments and processes to see if it's possible to meet CARB's proposed mandate of 20% solar reflectivity by 2016 with a phase-in period starting in 2012, and things aren't looking good.

Britain, where the UK National Health Service saves money by letting women die of cervical and breast cancer, does spend money on thermal-imaging equipped helicopters to buzz neighborhoods looking for, :::gasp:::, ENERGY WASTERS!!!
A spy plane equipped with a thermal imaging camera has been flying over homes in part of Norfolk in the latest drive to reduce energy loss.

Council bosses hired the aircraft to allow them to find out which homes and businesses are wasting the most energy. [...]

Broadland District Council hired the plane at a cost of £30,000 from Leicestershire-based company Bluesky for five days at the end of January and the start of February.

During this time it flew up and down the district capturing the images of homes and business, with those losing the most heat showing up as bright red and those which are not giving off energy shown in blue.

The authority is one of the first in the country to use the method, but other council's are believed to be looking into whether to follow suit.

How does one mock news articles that are more appropriate to The Onion?

Posted by Darleen at March 26, 2009 06:35 PM