Earth Hour Big Flop
Credit the public with sense. Earth Hour, hysterically promoted by The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC, SBS, Sky News and the federal and state governments, resulted in no significant fall in power usage.
Check the graphs from our National Electricity Market Management Company, tracking power use between 8pm and 9pm (a period in which demand always plummets):
Here is the graph for Victoria:
Nothing much there that I can see. By way of comparison, here’s the graph from the day before:
NSW may have had a tiny cut in demand just after 8pm, but in fact ended up the night using more power than the day before:
As with the graphs, so with the crowds:
More than 1000 people braved the chill and the rain to see Premier John Brumby and Lord Mayor John So lead the countdown to 8pm… At the top of the Rialto, a small crowd had a sense of anticlimax when there was no widespread blackout at 8pm. In fact, across the CBD rows of illuminated office windows, with little sign of beavering workers behind them, showed not everyone had read the memo.
The organisers will say never mind, this was about raising awareness (although not of raising awareness of the facts). But here’s the awareness it should raise: how difficult it is to get even a tiny cut in just electricity use for one lousy hour, in a country responsible for just 1.5 per cent of the world’s emissions.
And then think what the Rudd Government is promising: a 60 per cent cut in all emissions, all year. And it’s to be matched by every country around the world.
Meanwhile, the world has not warmed since 1998. Indeed, the oceans and atmosphere have cooled over the past couple.
No one is getting sucked into this crap. Only a handful. No one want's big government controlling our Thermostat's. It's time Democrats think about slimming down Government instead of trying to grow it completely out of control and we wont be taking ANYTHING home on our paychecks! I've grown rather fond of my money and I think the Government gets enough of it and they dont need another dime!