That wasnt the story Faiola presented. Images of shivering workers, massive government regulation and enormous costs were commonplace in his February 16, front-page piece. To save on energy, local officials shut off the heating system in the town hall, leaving themselves and 100 workers no respite from near-freezing temperatures, he explained. The story said rows of desks were brimming with employees bundled in coats and wool blankets while nursing thermoses of hot tea.
Even Faiola acknowledged that energy conservation can have its drawbacks. Buried near the end of the article was this negative: Back in the cold town hall in Kamiita, for instance, more and more workers are coming to the office wearing surgical masks and taking preventive medicines to ward off winter colds.
The temperatures werent the only things that might Americans sick at the sight of the Japanese program. The energy saving regulations are increasing prices on all sorts of electronics, creating a demand for energy-saving but higher-priced consumer products. According to Faiola: The government has set strict new energy-saving targets for 18 kinds of consumer and business electronics.
The left wouldnt be happy: Although Faiola mentioned
the Japanese following the greenhouse gas mandates of the
Kyoto treaty, the article stated that they have invested
billions of dollars into coal, much criticized by the green
movement. As the article put it: Oil was replaced in part by
No nukes? Faiola gave a passing reference to Japanese
pursuit of nuclear energy, but rather than explain this
further, he insisted that experts say that Japan has had
little choice but to turn energy efficiency into an art form.
More energy efficient: The article described the
Japanese as more energy efficient than Americans, but didnt
bother to mention that lack of land forces most Japanese to
live in large metropolitan areas, limiting their commute.
Not exactly an ideal prescription for success in the United States: sickness, high costs, regulation and hazardous working conditions.