We've had the war on Christmas parties. Now, it's the war on Christmas lights.
Developing countries face pressure to use renewable energy, but maybe we should unplug our decorations.
Christmas lights suck up a tiny fraction of all the electricity Americans use annually, but it's more than some developing nations consume in an entire year, researchers have found.
El Salvador, Cambodia and Tanzania are some of the countries that use less power than the seasonal lights Americans string up, according to the Center for Global Development.
Yeah, let's be just like Tanzania, where life expectancy is 61 years and the the GDP per capita is $675. It's a "one party dominant state" where the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party has held the reins of government since time out of mind, although Tanzania is technically a democracy. For decades until extremely recently, "African socialism" and collective farms were the Chama Cha Mapinduzi rallying cries. Maybe that's why Tanzania is one of the world's poorest countries, with alarming rates of hunger and malnutrition.
Of course the pooh-bahs at the Huffington Post would like nothing more than for the U.S. to become a "one party dominant state" (the Democratic Party) and to adopt "American socialism" that would impoverish all of us except for the nomenklatura at the Huffington Post. Then those Christmas lights would disappear fast!
Because Europe is more socialist than America, I guess.