Using electricity will anger the gods and cause winter to become summer, and the seas to rise.
But electricity is a gift of the One and Only True God to man to power hospitals, schools, and supermarkets. Our lives are better and longer thanks to Ben Franklin's discovery (largely) of electricity, and its development in the 19th century.
Only backward countries run by despots turn their back on electricity.
This shows what 200 years of socialist/elitist dictatorships will get you versus a capitalist society with elected leadership https://t.co/e0o4PJb6E2— DeplorableDonSurber (@donsurber) March 25, 2017
The use of electricity is a good sign of freedom.#EarthHour: An average #Ethiopian consumes less #electricity per year than a coffeemaker #earthhour2017 pic.twitter.com/iGh74CkYoY— Calestous Juma FRS (@calestous) March 25, 2017
The top three users of electricity on a per capita basis are, in order, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
Of course the next four are Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar -- air-conditioned oil fiefdoms. Nevertheless, the next nine are free: Canada, Finland, Sweden, the United States, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Cayman Islands, Australia, and South Korea.
Then comes Saudi Arabia.
At the other end of the list are the despotic countries.
The average South Korean uses 16 times as much electricity as the average North Korean.
And guess what? The average North Korean uses 16 times (or more) as much electricity as the average person in six other countries. In fact, people in 61 countries are worse off than the North Koreans.
OK, fine, your alarm clock radio uses more electricity than the average person in Chad uses in a year. People did OK without TV for millenniums.
But that average includes use by hospitals.
Which helps explain why Chad with the lowest use of electricity in the world also happens to have the lowest life expectancy: 49.81 years at birth.
Iceland -- the biggest user of electricity per capita -- is sixth in life expectancy at 82.97 years.
So a kid born in Chad can expect to live to be 50, while the kid in Iceland has a 50/50 chance of making it to 83.
But hey, let's turn our back on electricity because politicians know nothing about photosynthesis and think carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
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