Pope Benedict paints the town green

Posted: September 2, 2008 in Above the Fold, Denominational Fun, IJS, PC is not for ME
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The Vatican is one of the most storied relics on earth.

From antiquitous frescoes to the empirical colonnades, pictures of the Vatican cause people to awe. Evidently, so do the electric bills as noted in this story from the Catholic News Service:

The Vatican will begin installing some 2,400 solar panels in late September, the first of several projects aimed at exploiting renewable energy resources in the tiny city-state. “The solar modules, which are being donated by a German company, will be fitted atop the roof of the Paul VI audience hall and will produce some 300,000 kilowatt-hours of power each year,” said Mauro Villarini, the Vatican engineer coordinating the project.

Evidently, the entire Holy See is going green by looking into some more eco-friendly feng shui such as the possibility of small windmills, more solar panels and treatment plants to break down biodegradable material.

Can’t I blame the Pope for this initiative. After all, when you are responsible for the bills on buildings hundreds of years old, I can’t imagine the energy efficiency ratings make the EPA hot charts. Talk about an inconvenient truth!

I just have one question: While this focus on environmental safety and dominion over the planet is helping save money, how much more cash are you going to spend encrusting all those solar panels in diamonds and jewels? I’d call that a PUSH.


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