Oops: Obama Energy Department bragged about ‘energy efficiency’ of New Orleans before power outage

Well, that takes the cake, doesn’t it? The Super Bowl-sized irony of the Obama Energy Department touting New Orleans’s record on energy efficiency before the game wasn’t lost on viewers.

From the Energy Department’s website:

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach — adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs — an estimated $70,000 annually — the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan.

Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

Don’t break your arms patting yourselves on the back, eco-crats.

  • http://twitter.com/AngryTwitch T. Baguette Jones

    So you really DIDN’T BUILD THAT?

  • Roto

    Video of Obama’s Super Bowl @ENERGY efficiency at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLFA7Pp5BrQ

  • George Washington Mclintock

    We can add nearly ruining the Super Bowl to the list of accomplishments of green energy. Pretty clear efficient energy practices just suck.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    There’s the future in Obamaworld.
    Blackouts, fuel shortages, ever-rising prices and quality of life declining.
    Thanks, Obama voters.

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  • http://www.rickbulow.com/ Rick Bulow

    My reaction to the Obama Energy Policy


  • Donald Koller

    More proof that everything he touches gets ruined.

  • Theonethatknows

    I suppose NO energy IS pretty energy efficient!

  • nc

    I bet there were some green faces as the Energy Officials in charge of this boondoggle felt their stomachs drop.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    wonder how many millions it cost the taxpayers for the city to save that 70k per year.

  • Stone Bryson

    Somewhere, out in the Etherworld, Ayn Rand is laughing her ass off…

  • Bowler84

    Another reason not to have “smart” meters installed. Someone decided that there was some customer at an address in downtown New Orleans that was using an inordinate amount of energy so they did what they thought was best for the collective and shut them down remotely. ;>)

  • George Murrey

    I knew better than to drink my coffee and read about the energy dep’t. Aren’t they the ones, along with nobama, that stole our tax dollars to promote green energy initiatives and all of them failed? Solyndra ring a bell?

  • jeffunde

    Abe Lincoln had a saying: “The hen is the wisest animal on the farm, she doesn’t cackle until after she lays her egg.”

  • Mark Gibson

    So rolling brownouts and rolling blackouts are the way to go?? I don’t think so! I thought that maybe the wind stopped blowing on their wind farm! Ha!

  • dr44

    “Energy efficient” in Louisiana just means public money goes into corrupt Demo politicians’ pockets faster.