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Energy Savings day a flop
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 29, 2008

You may recall the internet driven call to demonstrate the level of concern throughout the world for global warming by turning off electrical appliances and lights on a particular day. The hope was the diminished usage would send a message to politicians that people demanded action to curb warming.

Except it didn't work out that 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.
Of course the sponsors have a couple of excuses. One they didn't get the publicity they think they needed. And two, and probably more important - it was just too darn cold.
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Matt Prescott, the organiser, who had support from the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, said: "We had problems. There was a change in temperature. If it had been warmer, we would have been happy.

Welcome to reality, Mr. Prescott.

In 2006, the United States decreased its total fossil fuel use by quite a bit relative to 2005. There were three reasons for it:
- Energy savings by environmentally-conscious people turning off lights and driving less and so forth.
- Evil corporations becoming more efficient in their polluting sin of providing us the stuff we want.
- A really warm winter

Anyone care to guess which of these was, by far, the largest contributor to a reduction in fossil fuel use? As well as which one was the least important?

In other words, global warming is doing more to stop global warming than Al Gore is... =)
Written By: Mariner
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the minister for climate change
Well I think the real reason is they had the wrong minister... I mean why go with climate change when you can have the minister of silly walks, or the falling minister on your side?

Man the older I get the more Monty Python rings true...
Written By: meagain
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If I lived in Britain and knew about it ahead of time, I’d have left every electrical device I owned on, simply to spite them.
Written By: Sigivald
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I’ve got an idea...

Lets show the world that we can clean up the air by changing our driving habits. We’ll pick a day and ask everyone to leave their vehicles parked.

I say that day shall be the 25th of December.
Written By: bains
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perhaps they read this or this and realized manbearpig really doesn’t exist
Written By: mac
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