Um, won't they all leave Florida and go to live near you...?
I'm not sure about "all," because I'm not the one going to live next to that turd burglar.
How much electricity does an American home use? In 2011, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,280 kWh, an average of 940 kilowatthours (kWh) per month. Louisiana had the highest annual consumption at 16,176 kWh and Maine the lowest at 6,252 kWh.
Unfortunately, it doesn't go into details about specific usage, but from my perspective (in Florida) we use A LOT of A/C. I have a 2250-square-foot home (under A/C) and we use a lot of lights and electronics. A lot of people keep one or more home computers on 24/7, for example, and our appliances aren't usually energy-saving.
Every traffic stop is backed up by the threat of deadly force being used against you. There is always a threat from the police.
Take off your tin foil hat, this is a load of bullshit. As analogy, every time you get a donut from the bakery, there's a thread of force. After all, the baker could pull out his bread knife and come after you. Hell, he might have a concealed weapons permit and being carrying better hardware than the police. Just because police are issued weapons and the authority to arrest you doesn't make them anymore dangerous than anyone else out there. At least, the police are charged with protecting you and have the training to help make right decisions. Sure, there will be bad examples (certain racial cases come to mind), but that's not the percentage and, I'd argue, a much smaller percentage than the wacko civilians out there.
I'm not saying there's not an ulterior motive by the question, but then again I don't honestly believe that cops are out to get me. Are they trying to trick the unwary into admitting to possession of illegal items? Perhaps, and maybe with stupid people (those with the said illegal items) will actually answer. I have no such guilt and therefore answer honestly, and it has paid off in the two times I got stopped in the last 15 years. I got a warning, a thank-you for my honesty, and sent on my way in less than 10 minutes. Both times were Florida State Troopers, if it matters.
However, coercion is a specific word. It's a way to spin things to make the cops look bad, and it's the wrong term. Cops holding a gun and the power to arrest is an implict threat, yes, but then so is the fact I could have a hidden weapon under my seat and be a psycopathic serial killer. Regardless, don't let the logical fallacy steer you away from the discussion. You have the right not to answer, so don't, if it suits you. It hasn't suited me and I have experience to back up my judgment of being helpful to the police. Rather than being helpful, people in this thread are advocating being a dick and a complete and utter asshole, going so far as to cover up for criminals. See someone get murdered in front of you? Keep it to yourself. I mean, WTF? Seriously? If one of my kids got murdered in the street, I would hope that anyone who saw something with speak up. Wouldn't you?