‘Greenest Super Bowl’ Ever Embarasses New Orleans with Gametime Power Outage

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As part of the ongoing effort to make sports a political platform for leftists, instead of giving people a rest from their incessant agitation, the extremely corrupt Energy Department decided to turn the Super Bowl into a showcase for green energy initiatives. And it failed… big-time.

The lights and even audio to the CBS broadcast went down 90 seconds into the second half, shortly after Beyonce wrapped up her rump-shaking half-time sextravanagza (forgive me for missing it all, was throwing the football around with some kids to keep them a safe distance away).

It is unclear to what extent the greenie-weenies put their plans into place to fundamentally transform the Superdome before the NFL championship game, but this comes from Energy.gov’s website:

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Although there have been blackouts during NFL games on a few occasions before, none have taken place on such a big stage. In fact, this year’s Super Bowl was the most-watched television event in world history. During the more than half-hour that eclipsed without a fully lit stadium, the ineptitude was so glaring I was forced to remark to a friend that this no longer seemed like America, but more like Somalia (no slight to the fellow superpower intended).

One had the faint inkling during the power outage that something was off, and now there is a prime suspect… one that will surely be denied up and down by the mainstream media and the Obama administration: the greening of the stadium before the game.

It’s not that the power outage shows that unnecessarily inefficient “green energy” is a failure, because plenty of people already know that. What is important to point out is that the crony corporatist agenda to put all these green initiatives into place comes at a price; not just in terms of cost efficiency, but apparently in terms of entertainment.

UPDATE: Associated Press sheds some light on what happened:

A joint statement from Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, and Superdome operator SMG shed some light on the chain of events, although they weren’t sure about the source of the problem. It apparently started at the spot where Entergy feeds power into the stadium’s lines.

“A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system,” the statement said. “Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. … Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.”

More on Entergy forthcoming. It is still unclear what kind of abnormality could shut down power to such a major sporting event, which has not seen such issues in the past. But one thing the statement does rule out — mid-game human error.

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