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I'm all for teaching our kids to conserve energy. Electricity is expensive. Oil and gasoline is obscenely expensive. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Don't leave the car running while you duck into the store. Keep the thermostat set at 70 in the winter and 78 in the summer. They're not just good ideas, they're practical too.
So why am I complaining about a new EPA initiative to push those ideas into our children's heads? Because the program they've created isn't about educating kids to use less energy. Oh no, in typical liberal fascist fashion it's mostly about snitching on "energy wasters".
Get ready for legions of ten-year-olds armed with clipboards and door hangers, sent forth to harangue the over-illuminated, gas-guzzling, too-cool-for-school air-conditioned Gaia-abusers out among the hinterlands. Because the EPA is ready with everything your school needs to get started. Today!
"Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted."
For example, the Arizona Public School's website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states "emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of just hearing about them."
The APS website says that patrol members can be provided with ID tags, vests and clipboards. Their responsibilities include leaving reminders to better conserve energy in rooms they find that have the lights on but are unoccupied.
And so the indoctrination begins. Learn from the State, report noncompliance back to the State, get rewarded by the State. It's the cycle of socialism, the natural order of the Progressive leviathan. Subvert the children, and the parents will soon be irrelevant. It takes a village to promote energy efficiency.
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