More on the so-called “Earth Hour“. The Age and Sydney Morning Herald (sponsors of Earth Hour) are patting themselves on the back for a “job well done”. Pity that Mediawatch doesn’t get onto them, or at least someone report on this non-event in an objective way.
In a front-page article in today’s edition of The Age, the following claim was made:
According to estimates by AGL Energy, the energy saved slashed almost 30 tonnes of carbon emissions — equal to taking 61,320 cars off the road for the hour.
However, the exact reduction in emissions is still unknown.
No. It is known. The exact reduction in emissions was ZERO. Because, as pointed out before, it did not reduce the amount of electricity GENERATED in that hour. Using electricity does not create emissions (well, negligible any way). Generating it does. And the generators kept on going regardless of how many people turned the lights off.
In fact, far from energy being SAVED, energy was actually WASTED during this hour. Dear, O dear, O dear…