Obey GE

by William Yeatman on November 18, 2008 · 7 comments

in Economy, Energy, Environment

This is “Green Week,” NBC’s annual effort to show you how to “green your routine.” It sounds innocuous enough, but “Green Week” is actually part of a manipulative business strategy employed by General Electric (GE), the owner of NBC.

GE is a world leader in the production of clean energy goods and services that people don’t want to buy, like compact fluorescent light bulbs. That’s why it spends millions every year to convince the Congress to pass laws like last year’s energy bill, which forces consumers to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Generally speaking, Americans don’t like being told what to do, so GE uses “Green Week” to propagate global warming alarmism and frighten Americans into accepting rules and regulations that force them to buy GE products.

Yesterday, Today Show co-host Meredith Vieira told viewers that global warming could cause sea levels to rise 200 feet. But that’s not what the experts are saying. Under its worst-case scenario, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that Sea levels would rise by 27 inches over the next 100 years. So, Meredith was off by 99%.

Today, Meredith conducted an interview with an Antarctic ecosystem ecologist, who said that the bad news is that ice was melting on one side of Antarctica. Meredith then asked whether it was good news that ice mass was increasing on the other side of Antarctica. The ecologist replied that it was indeed bad news, because increasing ice meant that animals had to travel further to get food. When it comes to global warming, there can be no upside, at least not during Green Week.

Today Show weatherman Al Roker reported from Iceland, and he did a segment on that island’s success with geothermal energy. He finished his piece by noting that the U.S. could get 10 percent of its energy needs from clean, geothermal energy. Conveniently, General Electric, which owns NBC, just so happens to be a leader in the manufacture of conventional open cycle steam turbines used for geothermal power.

Marshall November 18, 2008 at 9:17 am

I am participating in "Green Week" by not watching NBC.See? I'm saving electricity!P.S. I believe that in five years, we will look back and say "CF light bulbs? What were they thinking?" and everyone will be using LEDs.

Cori November 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

Uh, I already use LEDs.

aaron November 19, 2008 at 4:37 am

If Meredith Vieira was to read this article, I am not sure she would even understand it. Matt on the other hand is just playing along, making his millions.No one on that show understands global warming, they just read their note cards.

Ryan Radia November 19, 2008 at 6:37 am

Why don't people want to buy CFLs? They're cheaper to own overall and the new ones emit a pretty natural-looking light, at least in my opinion

Cori November 19, 2008 at 10:49 am

They are much cheaper, yeah, and last longer than incandescent bulbs, but the light they cast can be bad for people who are photosensitive (like me). I know because my workplace has so many fluorescent panels and I get migraines all the time.It is so bright in offices these days, I guess to keep people from falling asleep, but all it does is give me headaches. In my home, I have incandescent bulbs in the bathroom and DIY LED bulbs everywhere else, which I can use a diffuse type of different colors to have illumination that does not cause me pain.

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