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Greener Than Thou: Lights Out in San Francisco

Greener Than Thou is our report on San Francisco’s obsession with all things green, calling bullshit in the poseurs and lavishing praise on those who have secured their place in environmental paradise. Think Al Gore is full of it? Sound off!

The Greener Than Thou department lives for people like Meg Barrager. Said 20-year-old to the SF Examiner this past weekend: "I'm spending my Sunday giving my energy to save energy" . . . "If I only turned out my own lights, it wouldn't make much of a difference." Priceless. Meg, along with 35 or so other idealists volunteers passed out energy-saving light bulbs to passers-by as part of a new energy saving initiative conjured up by nonprofit Lights Out San Francisco. With each act of generosity came a warning—or, rather, a shill: Break out your candles, oil lamps, flashlights, glow sticks and headlamps, San Francisco. On Saturday, October 20th from 7 to 8 p.m., the city will kill all "unneeded" lights in public buildings, and local businesses and citizens are encouraged to do the same. The plan is based on a similar event held in Australia, wherein Sydney allegedly created a 10.2% drop in energy expenditure by shutting off appliances and such. Allow us to go on record here and say that we will certainly not be disconnecting from the internet, like, ever. You, however, may feel free to do otherwise.
· Activists ask public to turn lights out [SF Examiner]
· Lights Out San Francisco [website]

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