Californians Start Email Campaign for Energy Conservation

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Sacramento, Cal. ( – Californians, faced with an energy crisis fueled by high-tech power consumption, have launched an email campaign urging fellow computer users to stay off their computers.

Days after the state issued its first-ever Stage 3 Power emergency, millions of cause-minded Californians decided not to wait for the situation to get worse, and began sending the “Stay Offline” email to friends, family, and co-workers.

“The response so far has been incredible,” said Charles Brudeker, the 32-year-old San Francisco software engineer who devised the campaign. “I myself have gotten the email 200 times since breakfast. I’m logging on every 5 minutes just to see how many more I get.”

“Once again, Californians are responding to a crisis as only Californians can,” said Gov. Gray Davis, who added his staff is working nights in order to send out the email to as many people as possible.

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