One of the Few Times I Think Conservatism Is a Good Idea

Nicholas Kristof, in the Times, wrote the other day about how simply conserving energy is functionally equivalent to finding new sources of energy. A few eye-popping facts from his column: "James Woolsey, an energy expert and former director of the C.I.A., puts it this way: 'People have radically overestimated the sacrifice and dramatically underestimated the opportunity.' McKinsey & Company, the business consulting company, suggests embracing energy-saving measures that pay for themselves with at least a 10 percent rate of return. McKinsey says that if this approach — at no cost to economic growth — were put into effect worldwide, by 2020 the annual savings would be 1.5 times the current U.S. annual energy consumption."

Pie in the sky, I know, but it's better to have fruity confections there than more carbon dioxide.

Forecast: Significant blowing and drifting, with the possibility of heavy accumulation in rural areas.