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The lights are on, but nobody's home.

The Obama administration, convinced that lightbulbs and other uses of energy are destroying the planet, is considering imposing $646 billion in new "light switch" taxes on Americans to drive up utility bills and force people to use less electricity.  The American Council for Capital Formation, using the Energy Department's own forecasting models, finds so-called "cap and trade" legislation will not only increase the price of electrity by as much as 129% by 2030, but eliminate between three and four million jobs by 2030.

So you'd think Obama's own Environmental Protection Agency would be at the forefront of energy conservation efforts.  After all, if electric lights are so deadly we need $646 billion in new taxes, 129% higher utility bills and four million unemployed workers to force Americans to turn them off, surely the EPA is doing what it can to set an example and curb energy use.

Well, this just happens to be a photo I snapped on my Blackberry of the EPA's Constitution Avenue headquarters here in D.C. at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009.