By now you’ve probably already seen that fake Paris Hilton for President energy plan ad. And you maybe giggled. And you were maybe a little shocked that she didn’t sound entirely like the retarded baby giraffe she looks like.
But what about that energy plan? Would it work?
Our friend Eoin O’Carroll over at Bright Green Blog does the dirty work, scouring through all kinds of numbers and facts and other things that presidential candidates just can’t be bothered with. Turns out the Paris Hilton energy plan may be completely backward, but still better than the other options on the table:
So in short, the Hilton Plan seems to have it backward: Even under fairly conservative estimates we have the ability to develop more fuel-efficient technology before we can access all the oil that’s offshore.
But it also looks like, even with such technology, the United States would still need to be importing significant amounts of oil from abroad in the coming decades. If we really wanted to get ourselves off the sauce, we’d need to combine these technological improvements with developing walkable communities and extending public transit.
Interesting. On a side note, my figures indicate that ESPN could reduce its carbon footprint by 82% just by halving the number of reporters chasing the Brett Favre story. This move would also have a tangible effect on the psychology of American sports fans — most of whom would rather suck out their own eardrums with a Shop-Vac than listen to another GD story about it.
And that’s one to grow on.
Will Paris Hilton’s energy plan work? [Bright Green Blog]