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Merry Christmas from the HuffPost: Unplug your holiday lights so we can be more like Tanzania

December 28, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Christmas lights: Not Third World-y enough–and sooo tacky

 

From our betters at the Huffington Post:

“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.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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