Energy police

June 12th, 2007

So Yangzhou is joining Beijing in sending out energy inspectors to make sure nobody’s wasting energy. Well, fair enough, the summer temperatures mean people are cranking up the air conditioners, putting a huge strain on the power supply. But it’s not just electricity consumption they’re aiming for:

“The central government launched a week-long campaign on Sunday to raise awareness of the need to save energy, with government ministers saying all sectors of society have a responsibility to reduce consumption.

As part of the campaign, members of the public will be urged to use public transport or bikes to travel to work and to reduce the use of air conditioners at home.”

So all the fossil fuels are targeted. Trouble is, bikes, walking, and buses can be extremely uncomfortable in the summer heat. Still, I hope they succeed, because this wouldn’t just save energy, but also improve the air quality.

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