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30 September, 2008

let there be solar power

solar panel Vatican

The Vatican will enjoy energy from the God of Sun in about two weeks' time. 2,700 solar panels will be installed on top of the roof of the Paul VI auditorium. Those photovoltaic cells will generate enough electricity for lighting and airconditioning the 6,000 seat hall.

Since he was elected in 2005, Benedict XVI has criticised "the unbalanced use of energy" in the world.
He has also said environmental damage was making "the lives of poor people on earth especially unbearable". (source)

200 tonnes of carbon dioxide or 70 tonnes of oil can be saved with those solar panels.

We all know that The Vatican is very rich and solar panels aren't cheap. Those panels would have cost The Vatican $1.5 million, thanks to a German company Solar World, The Vatican received them for free. Remember that the Pope was born in Germany and was a member of Hitler Youth.

Now, in an Antony style, Apple gets a mention.
Perhaps not everybody can afford expensive solar panels. People can simply switch to energy efficient products such as ones from Apple. All Apple desktop computers, portable computers and displays conform with the requirements set out in the stricter Energy Star version 4.0 standard. Apple's external power adapters met California Energy Commission efficiency levels one year ahead of their mandatory regulatory deadline. iPod and iPhone power adapters exceed Energy Star efficiency requirements and already meet California’s stricter appliance efficiency regulations that take effect 1 July, 2008. (source: Apple - Environment - Energy efficiency)

Perhaps it is a win-win situation for the Vatican and the environment. Without a doubt, this is a lose-lose situation for the power company.

Posted by Antony on 30 September 2008 11:27 PM | newstalk

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And I would have you remember, as I've been saying all along, that not everyone that was a member of the Hitler Youth actually observed its practices. Every child in Nazi Germany was a member of the Hitler Youth; by your logic, every German that lived during Hitler's reign is inherently a bred Nazi.

Somehow I'm not at all surprised that you were able to relate Apple to this.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 1 October 2008 12:45 PM.
Well, Don,
Maybe Apple is a latter day off-spring of the I.G.Farben Gruppe?
By the same extrapolation, Antony also thinks that all Caucasians are racists and anti-Asian in particular.
During WWII, all children of all nations were running around waving the flag of their homeland and doing their best to help win the war for their government.
It is conjectured that Benedict was elected Pope as a payback for the Holy See's lack of help towards the Jews during the Hitler years.
There were huge numbers of Catholics in Germany then, and still are today.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 1 October 2008 4:17 PM.
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