The "Greenies" is my name for the eco-nazis who want to save the earth by limiting our consumption of water, energy, food, lightbulbs and just about everything else. They want us to watch our carbon footprint and save the Earth. They nag us about everything and won't be happy until we all are living in a Luddite world, huddling in the dark and chained to our hovels by high gasoline prices, high energy prices and eating sticks and twigs.
Well, I have proof that they are not serious. That they are full of shit and don't really mean any of the things they tell us. That they don't live by their own rules and did I already mention.....full of shit.
When you check into a motel or hotel, you are gently chided ....nagged at....to save the planet by conserving, turn off the lights, set the A/C at a higher temperature. Hang up your towels and not have your sheets changed to save the water. Don't take a long shower. Don't let the water run when you are brushing your teeth. Ok. Not a problem. I don't change my sheets daily at home anyway and I can use the same towel more than one time.
BUT....here is the proof that they don't really mean it and it is all just eyewash. Proof that the Green Movement is all about controlling the proletariat and nothing about actually conserving or taking care of the environment.
A few days ago, The Dumbplumber, and I checked into a hotel we like to stay at for a little R&R. It is next to a great steak house and we can have some cocktails, walk to the restaurant, have some more cocktails and not worry about driving or getting a DUI.
Coincidentally, we were booked into the very same room that we had 3 months before. The same room that we complained about the toilet tank leaking through the flapper all the time. About every 5 to 7 minutes a gallon or so of water would leak and the tank would turn on. Wooosh. The Dumbplumber being an actual.....wait for it.....PLUMBER, informed them at the desk of the leakage and that a $4 flapper would fix the problem.
Did they fix it....HELL NO. Again. Water wooshing all night long, every 5 to 7 minutes. Dumbplumber finally got up and turned off the water supply and in the morning the tank was bone dry. So....not only is this annoying, we got to thinking about the amount of wasted water running down the sewers. I'm all about conserving and not wasting, but I'm not making a religion of it like the Greenies.
Here's the math.
24 hours a day X 60 minutes = 1440 minutes
1440 minutes / 5 minutes = 288 gallons of water down the toilet in one day
288 gallons X 365 days a year = 105,120 gallons a year
105,120 gallons x 10 (at least) other leaky toilets in this hotel = 1,051,200
Over a million gallons a year in just this ONE hotel. There are probably at least 10 other hotels losing similar amounts of water so now we have 10.5 MILLON gallons of wasted water.
When the Al Gores of the world downsize their houses, quit flying around in personal jets. When the Michelle Obamas of the world start eating what they expect us to eat and stop flying around in huge jets at OUR expense. Then I might consider taking their advice. But, THEY aren't serious and we can't take them seriously either until they start acting like it.