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The War on Hanukkah

We all know about the War on White Christmas, but little attention is given to the equally sacrilegious war on the Jewish Festival of efficiency and renewables Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the “rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem” twenty-two centuries ago. The miracle being celebrated is that they only had enough “consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.”

From my perspective, the miracle was a sign from on high to use renewable fuels and/or put them in a lamp that burns very, very efficiently. The spirit of Hanukkah is violated whenever efforts to promote efficiency and renewables are blocked. Needless to say, the Bush Administration has gutted many efficiency and renewable programs, following in the footsteps of conservatives like Reagan and Gingrich.

Now, during the actually Hanukkah holiday, which just ended, conservatives once again forced progressives and moderates to cut out key provisions of the energy bill that boosted renewable power and energy conservation. Shame on all you meshuganehs!

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