Re: Bush's energy-saving suggestions

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From: Matt Jensen (
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 08:56:03 PDT

On Wed, 9 May 2001, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> Of course, flying and driving to have meetings would be much more
> efficient. Even the telephone would be better than scary email, right?

The indirect energy savings of email can be enormous, but they are
sociological and open to disagreement.

On the other hand, there seem to be some pretty hard-core electrical
engineering reasons for assuming that a desktop computer that's on all day
uses the same amount of electricity whether it's sending email fifty times
a day or five times a day.

Perhaps they thought that lower usage could mean some load-balanced
servers could be taken offline, or... hey wait, why am I trying to
rationalize this ridiculous edict? :-)

-Matt Jensen

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