from King World News
As global uncertainty takes hold in major markets one thing is certain, the clock is ticking.
October 27 (King World News) – Danielle DiMartino Booth at Quill Intelligence: There are some things Benjamin Franklin did not invent. An interrupted Parisian night’s sleep in the spring of 1784 did, however, inspire him to write “An Economical Project” shortly thereafter in the Journal de Paris. Being an astute study of early energy conservation, Franklin implored Paris to rise with the sun expressly to save money: “An immense sum! That the city of Paris might save every year, by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” A tax cut, wax rationing, curtailing travel by coach after sunset with the exception of physicians, surgeons and midwives and ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunlight to wake the masses. Franklin demurely added that, “For the great benefit of this discovery, thus freely communicated and bestowed by me on the public, I demand neither place, pension, exclusive privilege, nor any other reward whatever. I expect only to have the honour of it.”