Saturday, August 14, 2010
Summer practice is starting up. Just how hot are the artificial turf fields? Remember, these fields are heat islands, trapping heat, ALL the time. Not just when children are playing on the fields. Artificial field heat islands can be seen from space, as we wrote about in this space months ago. Next time you pay your electric bills, remember, this is what you are paying for. And, don't forget the added tax on energy the Montgomery County Council tacked on to your bill. Those added tax dollars are always needed at MCPS, which eats up 57% of our tax dollars. Check this short video, from WBAL TV and WLWT TV comparing natural turf fields and artificial turf fields at schools -- 92 degrees F on natural turf; 130 degrees F on artificial turf. "Anything above 104, you have to terminate your practice." That would be for safety reasons, however, its unclear if MoCo follows those safety practices.