Tuesday, April 19, 2011

They took your toilet and your shower, now they want your icemaker

    Time magazine has a story headlined: How the Ice in Your Drink is Imperiling the Planet. I promise it isn't The Onion; it's Time magazine, official publication of the establishment left. The gist of the story is that an icemaker causes a refrigerator to use between 12 and 20 percent more energy per year, and is therefore a major contributor to global warming.
    Time insists we should all use ice trays instead. No joke! This is why liberals can't be trusted to make our decisions for us.
    A modern refrigerator costs about $50 per year to operate. Add 20 percent to that and it turns out that the American consumer can get all the ice he wants, whenever he wants, for less than a buck a month. And he never has to bother with those pesky, time-consuming ice trays. Has there ever been a better bargain?
    I'm all for saving energy, but have the liberals ever heard of helping people winterize their homes? Have they ever heard of buying people wood stoves? Nothing is saved if you take away people's ice machines and they have to spend hours every month filling them and putting them in the freezer, and twice that amount of time arguing with each other over who didn't fill the ice tray.
    Instead of saving energy, getting rid of ice machines is likely to dramatically increase energy consumption as the divorce rate goes up. More couples will be forced to live in separate households, using twice as much energy, because the ice tray arguments were just the straw that broke the camel's back.
    First the liberals took our toilets, so that when we flush the poop just stays there staring right back up at us. Then they took our showers, so that we get so little water that it takes 20 minutes to wash the soap off. Now they want to come after our ice makers.
    And they wonder what we Tea Party types seem so angry about.

2 comments:

NMC said...

I'm not going to accept Time Magazine as "the official publication of the American left." You've got to be kidding.

I grew up on Time, because my mother read it from a New England/New York Republican childhood. When I was in South America for months in the 1970s, I read every word in every issue of Time and was deeply appalled, and have been unable to read it since. I look at occasionally, but it's really bad. (I'm not a big fan of Newsweek, either for that matter. Doesn't strike me as badly, which may be only that I don't have their number from inattention).

But back to the thing you said that struck me: Saying Time is the mouthpiece of liberalism is bizarre.

Frank Hurdle said...

I actually said "establishment left," not just liberalism. I see a difference. Certainly The Nation and The New Republic, to name a couple, are better examples of magazines which actually proclaim themselves spokesmen for the liberal agenda.

I just see Time as slightly left of center, proclaiming what it sees as its moderate message that surely all "right-thinking" people can agree on. That's why it worries me when it starts taking about the evils of ice makers.