The merits of conservation
"We encourage conservation, but do not regard it as a source of energy. (Is dieting a source of nutrition?)"
No but it is a source of saving money, health, waste, and resources if you do need to diet. Your comparison only works if you don't need to diet - our energy habits do.
I would expect a little deeper analysis than this from an "emeritus". It does give me a glimpse of where your paycheck and peer group come from however.
"We encourage conservation (Who doesn't?) However, we battle the charlatans who tell us that conservation is a source of energy. "
If the first part of this is true,
I must wonder why you would then take such mighty execption to a different
way of looking at things. I can tell you lots of people who don't
favour conservation. In fact I do battle with them all the time -
I'd like to leave a little for my kids. Most of these folks only
favour conservation of their pocket books and stock shares.
Ah, it wasn't a meteor after all! The dinosaurs forgot to turn off their lights when they left the room!