With red ink as far as the eye can see and an election year upon us, Democrats are attempting to position themselves as more fiscally conservative. While the rhetoric sounds like something most Americans should support, a brief examination reveals this nonsense for what it is, a lie. There is so much waste that its hard to explain it and do it justice. Here is just a little taste of the mind-boggling waste.
In the January 31st edition of the New York Times, author William Yardley wrote:
As part of a $133 million renovation, the General Services Administration is planning to cultivate “vegetated fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western facade of the main federal building here, a vertical garden that changes with the seasons and nurtures plants that yield energy savings.
“They will bloom in the spring and summer when you want the shade, and then they will go away in the winter when you want to let the light in,” said Bob Peck, commissioner of public buildings for the G.S.A. “Don’t ask me how you get them irrigated.”
Rainwater, captured on the roof, and perhaps even “gray water” recycled from the interior plumbing are both possibilities, the architects say. But they concede that they are still figuring out some of the finer points of renovating the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, which was completed in 1975 and is currently 18 stories of concrete, glass and minimal inspiration.
Who will prune the facade? Maybe the same folks who wash skyscraper windows, the architects say. Perhaps the exterior concrete panels removed in the renovation could be reused as salmon habitat in a nearby river.
The G.S.A. says the building will use 60 percent to 65 percent less energy than comparable buildings and estimates a savings of $280,000 annually in energy costs. Solar panels could provide up to 15 percent of the building’s power needs. The use of rainwater and low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce potable water consumption by 68 percent. And energy for lighting will be halved.
So, 133 million to grow plants on the side of a building….and this is considered “stimulus.” A little simple math reveals that for taxpayers to recoup their investment in this green boondoggle will take 480 years.
That’s the kind of math that only a government bureaucrat can appreciate.