March 30th, 2008

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Earth Hour: saving 1.5% of Ireland's energy for 1/8766 of the year

Someone measured. Of course, this doesn't quite address the reality of the situation: our consumption this year is rising, so a 1.5% reduction for one hour isn't going to make the slightest dent in our consumption for the year. It'd be better if the government devoted more effort to meaningful energy-saving initiatives and alternative power sources (such as ESB's announcement last week that they were planning on a €22bn investment in alternative energy over the next 12 years) than to this showmanship that serves only to make people feel good about themselves because they're "doing something".

Tune in next no-car-day when once again Dublin experiences its worst gridlock of the year.