Sure, I'll paint my roof white
With the money I've got left over from cancelling my health insurance! AFP:
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London.
The Nobel laureate in physics called for a "new revolution" in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
But he warned there was no silver bullet for tackling climate change, and said a range of measures should be introduced, including painting flat roofs white.
Making roads and roofs a paler colour could have the equivalent effect of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years, Chu said.
It was a geo-engineering scheme that was "completely benign" and would keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use from air conditioning, as well as reflecting sunlight back away from the Earth.
Sensible in the abstract, and I love that somebody's thinking this way, but who pays, exactly?
As Versailles writes off more and more of the population as useless eaters -- 8% unemployment, L-shaped recession, entitlement "reform," no single payer -- it's increasingly unclear how these good green measures are to be implemented voluntarily. Eh? I mean, come on. If you're being thrown out of your home by the banksters, you're going to paint the roof white? And if you're not, who is?