The 1st selectman endorses it. The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce does too.
So do the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, Green Task Force and Earth Guardians, a Toquet Hall-based youth group.
All back an initiative asking local businesses to keep their doors closed on hot summer days. Air conditioning is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming.
And open doors are a major contributor to wasteful air conditioning.
Yet despite reminders from all those folks, this was the scene last Saturday on Main Street:
That’s 3 stores in a row with wide-open doors — including Blue Mercury, which has been doing it since at least 2010.
There were many more as well.
I know the usual suspects will jump into the “Comments” section, declaring that unless there’s a law against it, stores can do whatever they want to attract customers.
Of course they can.
But that doesn’t mean they should.