In divorce, even the environment pays a price


Los Angeles Times – December 3, 2007

I have to apologize.  I couldn’t stop laughing when I read this article. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out what was more ridiculous:

  1. someone suggested that this was plausible and should be considered
  2. someone spent money and a part of their life studying this non-issue

With all of the great reasons to conserve power (global warming, efficient use of precious resources, break the reliance on foreign energy sources, etc.) why in the world would someone even think about this issue? Why did the LA Times spend their time writing it? Why did Alan Zarembo spend part of his time writing it and want to put his byline on it (Alan – you need to talk to your assignment editor about getting real stories)?

Of course the next logical thought is why am I writing about it? Simple, there has been a lot of lousy news and fighting that I have discussed here in the last few weeks and I just needed to put something up here that was RIDICULOUS and that I could make fun of.

Have a great day and try to find something to laugh at.  Maybe this will help.

A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science found that the resource inefficiency of divorced households resulted in an extra 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity use in the U.S. in 2005 — about 7% of total home use.

“If you don’t want to get remarried, maybe move in with somebody you like,” said Liu, who just celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary.

Other potential solutions include polygamy, communal living or roommates.

“I’m just a scientist trying to present the facts,” Liu said. “I’m not promoting one way or another.”

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