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Van_Halen

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:46:56 AM

The Houston Independent School District took a big step in 2007 toward becoming environmentally friendly by designing two new schools to meet a coveted "green" standard set by a private-builders' group.

The nation's seventh-largest school district added features such as automated light sensors and a heat-reflecting roof, in hopes of minimizing energy use.

But the schools are not operating as promised.

Thompson Elementary ranked 205th out of 239 Houston schools in a report last year for the district that showed each school's energy cost per student. Walnut Bend Elementary ranked 155th. A third "green" school, built in 2010, ranked 46th in the report, which a local utility did for the district to find ways of cutting energy costs.

Poor equipment maintenance plagued the schools built ...
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bston
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:11:34 AM

Sometimes things don't work as planned.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 6:22:06 PM

Doh!
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 4:36:54 PM

Very true FluffyDogAttack!

"It's hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong"
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NedW
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 3:55:44 PM

Sounds like most the things with the term "green" associated.
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:06:34 AM

"Not Newsworthy"
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leeac
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:58:03 AM

Newer schools may use more energy but that does not mean that they are not also more efficient.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 1:20:00 AM

No kidding.
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:51:50 PM

Must be government backed.
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skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:29:22 PM

yep, alot of things are long on promises these days.
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:31:17 PM

Liberals- replacing something that works with something that seems like a good idea.

Buckle up, we've got more to come...
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:19:21 PM

Sad but true.
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rjojo40
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:04:32 PM

big dreams, little hope.
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bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:14:16 PM

gosh: you mean we have to maintain the equipment??????? what a concept.
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fracknsave
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:01:01 PM

How does the saying go,... spend all this money up front, so you can save later.
but it doesn't work in gubr'ment cause there is no incentive to take ownership of the issue, just throw money at it...
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:52:59 PM

Ooops.
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:32:23 PM

Same old story.
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:21:51 PM

Gee. You mean the green agenda is not living up to the junk science they created? I am shocked.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:13:58 PM

Who could have seen this coming? D'oh
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Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:39:42 PM

Green = money spent!
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:16:27 PM

From the article: "The green-school boom, a powerful and often costly phenomenon, is being driven largely by the Green Building Council, whose promise of student improvement and long-term cost savings has support from environmental and health advocates, teachers unions, school designers and the Department of Education."

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"Promise of student improvement and long-term cost savings", neither of which is delivered. When will the American people awaken to the fact that this entire "green" movement is as phony as a one dollar bill.
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packards42
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:56:05 AM

I would say what I seen of these green schools. is green money down the drain in 50% of the cases. Green money is a waste of taxpayer money
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flatrock14
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:55:51 AM

not surprised
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:55:15 AM

par for the coarse
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:49:49 AM

Why is this not surprising?
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