The March 2009 edition of National Geographic had a piece about saving energy in the face of advancing global warming. It was noted that Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, notes that to stay below the threshold of critical global warming tipping points America alone must cut back it’s CO2 emissions by 80%. The following figures represent pounds of CO2 emitted per item per year in an average U.S. household: washer: 153; electric dryer: 1,521; television: 548; desk top PC: 321; dishwasher: 599; central air conditioner: 4,067… So how do we cut this by 80%? Simple. Sacrifice. Our family has. We don’t use air conditioning. We hang the clothes on a line outside or in the basement. We decided not to have a television. I use the computer at the library on average about a half an hour a day. We don’t have an electric dishwasher, we got kids… I’m tired of hearing how people are slowly easing into this conservation thing. The crisis is immediate! Our response should be immediate!