I’ve started to write this several times and just can’t seem to convey my thoughts in a manner I’d wish, but I thought I’d share what I think is a rather humorous anecdote.
First, some background……… (Please click on the links for full understanding.)
We’re all aware of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or more commonly known as the Stimulus package. A part of the ARRA was money thrown at the Dept. of Energy…… Total: $27.2 billion, in fact. This is the same part of the stimulus package that brought us the Soylendra scandal and what should have been a national scandal the Seattle green jobs debacle. Well, my home state, Kansas, was no different than the others, in that when Uncle Sugar was handing out the sugar, we were fighting for our spot in line, too. Of course, we didn’t get nearly as much as the coastal states, mainly because the administration knows it doesn’t matter how much they send us we’re not going to vote for the current administration. We only got $47.7 million for our Kansas Energy Office. Well, like most other places, this money if spent has been an abject failure.
So as to not repeat the failures of the recent past, one ideal was to partner with the Climate and Energy Project . And we came up with a Take Charge Challenge . This is “to implement an expanded version of CEP’s successful Take Charge Challenge, a friendly competition involving 16 cities in 4 different regions of the state.” “Each regional winner will receive an award, valued at $100,000, of a renewable energy or energy efficiency project for their city.”
So, what does the city of Parsons come up with?
In fine Kansan fashion, they decided on a “Grilling off the Grid” event! They had a very nice cooker/smoker there. It appeared to be a propane fired grill that doubled as a smoker. You know, the kind that you can put wood chips in from a tree one may have recently cut down. Apple chips are my favorite to use, but other prefer cherry, others yet, hickory. We even had on of those inflatable slide things for kids, you know the kind that inflates with a single stroke engine.
Yes, we Kansans know about conserving energy! We showed it every time we opened the cooker to flip the burgers! I wonder if CEP is going to vote that we get the $100,000?
Of course, the question would be, if Parsons won the $100,000, would they know what they’re suppose to do with it? This seems to be something akin to giving a fish a bicycle.
Just had to share,