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Old 03-03-2007, 07:18 AM   #1
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Scrutiny of public figures' energy use habits

In the An Inconvenient truth thread, I predicted that we're going to see a dramatic rise in scrutiny of public figures' energy use habits.

This thread could be a spot to post that kind of stuff...

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Starting with today's Globe and Mail: there was a brief bit about the Canadian federal environment minister, whose official vehicle is an E85 minivan.

It was spotted idling (with the government driver sitting in it) for up to 2 hours this week outside a restaurant where the minister was eating.

In his defense, the minister said it was "less than an hour".

Some defense.... "I didn't shoot him 6 times, officer - I only shot him twice, I swear."
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Most places that have laws against idling for more than a short time, make exceptions when it's cold out...all folks being equal, but some folks are always more equal than others.
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Most places that have laws against idling
That prompted me to check, and know what? Apparently our environment minister('s driver) was not only being stupid, but was breaking an Ottawa bylaw (5 minute limit, with exceptions for occupant safety).
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That prompted me to check, and know what? Apparently our environment minister('s driver) was not only being stupid, but was breaking an Ottawa bylaw (5 minute limit, with exceptions for occupant safety).
Where did you find the Law about idling?

Never mind I found it. In Texas the law only applies between April 1- October 31 and the car has to be more than 14,000#.

This was pretty humorus though. Only in Texas
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The Ottawa law I found here: http://www.ottawa.ca/city_services/e...ng/2_2_en.html
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