BACK IN 1995, Dr Helen Caldicott was speaking at Middlebury College in Vermont about the dangers of nuclear weapons and power plants. She mentioned as an aside that if everyone line-dried their clothes “the nuclear power industry could be shut down.”

In the audience was a student, Alexander P. Lee. His mother always hung her clothes out. There was nothing to it. If doing such a small thing could have such a powerful impact, then getting people to abandon their dryers for outdoor clothes lines was a good thing to do.

Lee did his research. At that time 6–10% of domestic US electricity

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