Greasing the poles in Philly

Listen to this segment from the show that aired on February 3, 2018


In anticipation of post-Super Bowl shenanigans, they're greasing light poles in Philadelphia with hydraulic fluid to discourage climbers. While I'm entirely in favor of keeping drunks from hurting themselves and others, I do hope they remembered that everything that washes down the storm sewers (from places like light poles) usually ends up in natural waterways like rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Very few places in the United States actually treat their stormwater.

So if they're trying to discourage pole-climbers, I hope they're considering doing so in an environmentally responsible way. Might we suggest something corn- or soybean-based? UNI even used to have a center dedicated to inventing new bio-based industrial lubricants -- so there's definitely available Iowa-friendly technology to keep crazed Eagles fans on the ground.

Besides being good for Iowa farmers, bio-based lubricants would be better for the Delaware River.

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