How Green was CES This Year?

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This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been big news this week; if you've been reading the non-stop coverage from Gizmodo or Engadget, or checking out the wrap-ups by Wired or DVICE, you know that there's been some pretty big-time announcements, debuts and demos. From 150-inch HDTVs to the triumph of Blu-Ray, the hits have been coming fast and furious; among all the noise, "green tech" and the environment was one of the big themes running through the conference this year. But how do you reconcile 150 inches -- that's 12.5 feet! -- of energy-sucking television with the notion of going green?

That's what NPR was wondering; after all, 15 - 20% of a typical home's energy use these days comes from electronic gadgets, and a 50-inch plasma TV uses as much as refrigerator, though manufacturers of these beasts still tout them as "green." They got a lot of marketing double-speak about "more energy-efficient" huge televisions, along with more genuinely green gadgets -- Voltaic's new solar-powered, laptop-charging bag, for example -- and efforts to green the conference as a whole: electronic press packets (instead of paper), biodegradable utensils and so forth. The verdict, then? Greener than before, for sure, but it's not quite time to anoint CES as a "green" event just yet. What do you think? via ::NPR
Update: Stay tuned for more final thoughts from CES; TreeHugger John had an opportunity to chat with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA - the guys who put on CES) and will publish the interview and more final thoughts tomorrow.

How Green was CES This Year?
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been big news this week; if you've been reading the non-stop coverage from Gizmodo or Engadget, or checking out the wrap-ups by Wired or DVICE, you know that there's been some pretty big-time

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