All the rain and pollen has sent a torrent of customers to Dr. Snarky Sparks\u2019 officemate, Dr. Shrinky. Seems that love also is in the spring air, and with it much angst. It was \u201cRoses are red. Violets are blue. We just love you,\u201d for Yakout Mansour this week. The outgoing California Independent System Operator chief executive officer received an engraved plaque. The stakeholder proffering the symbol said, \u201cYakout, we love you!\u201d The headquarters for keeping the lights on in the state is not normally a place where signs of affection are on display. Independent Energy Producers executive director Jan Smutny-Jones followed the parade without raining on it. \u201cI don\u2019t have a plaque because it was subject to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission refund.\u201d Obvious signs of affection were on display elsewhere. In response to the federal government\u2019s embrace of compact fluorescents at the expense of less-efficient incandescent bulbs, a South Carolina legislative committee opened its arms to the spurned incandescents. The Southerners are promoting the sale of the bulbs within the state, and wants the excessively heat-emitting globes stamped with \u201cMade in South Carolina.\u201d After Dr. Shrinky suggested going to an Internet dating service for matching up spurned incandescents with \u201cLobbyists for Love,\u201d the spring client parade turned to Dr. Sparks\u2019 office. There neither sparks of love, nor sulfur, are the doctor\u2019s mainstay. As bad as most M.D.\u2019s handwriting may be, doctors rarely write in erasable ink. In a memo discovered by California Public Utilities Commission in its probe of Pacific Gas & Electric gas pipeline safety records, some of the utility\u2019s documents were written, indeed, in erasable ink. When the matter came to light in late 2007, PG&E management ordered staff to write all maintenance and operation records in \u201cpermanent ink.\u201d When queried by the San Francisco Chronicle about the matter, PG&E\u2019s spokesperson stated, \u201cPG&E is constantly looking for ways to improve practices and procedures. This is simply one of those instances.\u201d In another state, a large energy company would have rejoiced at an irascible M.D.\u2019s signature or erasable ink--the online equivalent, that is. Earlier this month, Peabody Energy\u2019s website was hacked. A fake press release then was issued stating the company launched a \u201cCoal Cares\u201d initiative. It was said to be designed to \u201ccombat the stigma of asthma among American children.\u201d It included an offer of free inhalers (no need for Dr. Snarky\u2019s invisible autograph) for kids living within 200 miles of one of the coal-fired plants, along with coupons for asthma medication. The faux press release offered enticing inhalers ranging \u201cfrom \u2018tween faves like the \u2018Bieber\u2019 and \u2018My Little Pony\u2019 to \u2018Emo\u2019\u201d and ones geared for lung-clogged toddlers labeled \u201cMy first inhaler,\u201d according to CNN. The hoax was reportedly perpetrated by a clean air group called: Coal is Killing Kids. While Dr. Sparks is on the subject on inhalers, actually inhaling, a study released last month evaluated a little-studied big-energy suck. Despite its use for medicinal purposes, new to the list of energy hogs is indoor cannabis production. The high energy use is attributed to the intense round-the-clock lighting, said to be on par with hospital operating rooms. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory April report concludes that \u201cindoor cannabis production results in energy expenditures of $5 billion each year, with electricity use equivalent to that of 2 million average U.S. homes.\u201d The author of the report, Up in Smoke, notes that marijuana cultivation can be vastly improved if moved outdoors. \u201cCost-effective efficiency improvements of 75 percent are conceivable, which would yield energy savings of about $25,000\/year for a generic 10-module growing room,\u201d it states. Dr. Snarky was not alone in suspecting the motive behind the study. It \u201csimply aims to quantify a previously undocumented component of energy demand,\u201d the author stated, with much-relived chronic pain, exhaling springtime love for all.