More Unintended Consequences

CBSLosAngeles: Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy-Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius

I love that headline. Energy-efficient windows melting a Prius — it just doesn’t get any better than that.

In the past, I’ve written about how compact fluorescent light bulbs present more of a danger to the very environment they are intended to protect due to mercury content than their incandescent counterparts, and about how the environmentalists’ push to move drilling platforms further offshore led to a longer ordeal in the Gulf than would be otherwise necessary had the platform not been in such deep water.  This, however, is a new one.

An excerpt:

Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius.

“The side view mirrors were melting,” says Patron. “Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.”

Toyota told Patron nothing was wrong with the car. After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.

Patron then observed a powerful beam of light that was reflecting off the window of a next door condominium, casting a concentrated beam over her carport.

CBS2’s Randy Paige placed a thermometer in the pathway of the beam on a partially cloudy day. The temperature registered over 120 degrees in less than five minutes.

I’m all for energy-efficient everything.  Still, that’s pretty darned funny.


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