Today’s Wall Street Journal praises Sen. Barbara Boxer for her bright idea of making the federal government more energy efficient by such innovations as turning off the lights and computers at night. Its estimated that the feds consume about a third more energy per square foot than the average buliding…this inefficiency costs us at least a $1 billion a year. The WSJ correctly suggests a better idea though, “the best way to make the federal government more energy efficient would be to undertake a government-wide policy of . . . lights out, permanently. Save the environment; kill a federal program.” Finally an environmental program I can embrace.
Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.