My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, February 29, 2008

So much for Energy Saving Day...

I know people here are thinking about having a similar sort of day here...I hope the public acts the same way.
Energy Saving Day was a flop, its organiser admitted last night after the National Grid confirmed that across Britain energy use went up by just over one per cent.

The day, which began at dusk on Wednesday evening with candles being lit in St Paul's cathedral, had received the backing of the minister for climate change, Joan Ruddock, Lord May, the former president of the Royal Society, and groups including the National Trust, Tesco and the power companies.

The E Day website encouraged participants to turn off as many appliances as possible and to leave them unused for as long as possible.

But by mid afternoon it was clear from the meters on the Day's website that consumption was about 600 megawatt hours across the country, higher than what the National Grid estimated was used on a normal February day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you encourage people to waste power? Regardless of whether you believe in global warming or not, isn't conservation a good thing?

Some pretty shallow thinking here..

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shallow thinking is assuming that simply turning off lights and unplugging quiescent appliances will have a significant and measurable impact on energy consumption.

The real energy hogs are the appliances that we don't want to do without: ovens, refrigerators/freezers, heating (not only electric, but oil and gas: an electric motor has to drive the fans that pump air throughout the house), electric hot water heaters ... you get the point.

People are not going to turn off the heat and refuse to cook to make a political point: they will turn off the odd light as a symbol of their green obsequience.

Trivial thinking = trivial effort = trivial result.

1:59 PM  

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