When Shops Keep Doors Agape, Think of Cold Air at $140 a Barrel

Greedy shop owners are, sadly, not the only ones who both needlessly and thoughtlessly waste energy by keeping the doors to their air-conditioned shops open.
A few Saturdays ago, I had to fly to Atlanta. Because of construction at La Guardia, we were told we had to use the shorter runway. We were a full flight and, because of that, a bit too heavy. And so the pilot said we’d have to sit on the taxiway for a while and burn off fuel to lighten up the load.
When airlines are complaining of higher fuel costs, and curbing global warming demands immediate action, it is hard to imagine something more wasteful than this.