By STEPHEN MOORE, OPINIONJuly 4, 2012 –
Last weekend the Moore household was one of nearly a million homes in the Washington, D.C., area without power. The temperature was between 95 and 105 degrees and it was so humid you felt like you needed gills to breathe.
Sure, I explained to my three children, we’re miserable, but look at the bright side: Think how much we’ve reduced our carbon footprint! Consider it a life lesson in what it means to live green.
That’s small solace to youngsters who feel that life without Facebook, World of Warcraft, ESPN, Xbox, cellphones and air conditioning is like losing basic human rights. What, no microwave popcorn? Domino’s Pizza isn’t coming with a meat-eaters special? Someone call Amnesty International.
On Saturday night we all sat on the couch with flickering candle light, sweating and talking. What did people do before the age of electricity?” my 11-year-old asks. “I would have killed myself,” he moans.