I arrived very early for the Press Conference. After being cleared by security I immediately set up the comparison light bulb display by the podium in the Blue Room of New York's City Hall. I had all my charts and numbers ready to answer any question from the Press. The room quickly filled up with reporters from around the country and the world.
Now politics had already shut off the main goal for announcing saving energy at this Press Conference. The Earth Day committee presented the bulb changing project so City Hall could change the 60 watt inefficient incandescent candelabra bulbs to new 13 watt candelabra bulbs in each chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the Blue room. Unfortunately we were told every excuse as to why just changing some light bulbs couldn't be done. This bulb project wasn't in the budget, work orders would need to be filed or not enough time. Not enough time to change light bulbs? It was March, not the day before the conference! Contracts were involved, so I guess these old inefficient bulbs had a very good agent working for them. I am sure if Mayor Dinkins had been in-the-loop, the bulbs would have been changed and presented proudly.
None of the displays offering solutions were shown, no questions were posed and I didn't contribute anything. An expert witness that attended for teaching about how to save water, became so upset that just before the closing of the Press conference he pushed his display right in front of the podium. I can not remember if one piece of educational information was presented to help the general public. In the end, that was not the purpose of the conference. Introductions and Earth Day event announcements for around the city were made and that was the purpose. Lesson learned.
I will work hard to provide you with situations and solutions. I will not just put on a show. I am already receiving requests for solutions on certain topics. I hope to cover them all. Have a great, safe and green weekend.
Bill Lauto, GTG