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EPA encourages youth ‘energy patrols’ to enforce their efficiency standards

posted at 3:38 am on October 9, 2012 by

Besides October being designated Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s also reserved to educate the public about children’s health.  The EPA is already on the case giving out tips and instruction on how to be healthier and more energy efficient – especially in school.  Penny Starr at CNS News wrote on October 5 that this initiative could be taking a more sinister turn as the EPA is beginning to encourage ‘energy patrols.’

Starr wrote that:

On the website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment.” In the report’s chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish “Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools.”

One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted.”

For example, the Arizona Public School’s website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states “emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of just hearing about them.”

The APS website says that patrol members can be provided with ID tags, vests and clipboards. Their responsibilities include leaving reminders to better conserve energy in rooms they find that have the lights on but are unoccupied.

In Alabama schools, the energy patrols are described as groups of 10 to 20 students who are tasked with monitoring the school’s energy use.

Government has become so big, especially the regulatory apparatus of the EPA, that they need kids to monitor their school’s energy efficiency.  FORWARD!

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