So, the “Earth hour” symbolic act is tonight. Everyone is going to turn their lights off for an hour to protest global warming. I, however, have turned on several unnecessary light bulbs, pulled up the blinds, and am now asking the question: Is this really anything more than symbolism?
Think about it. People are using flashlights, candles, and they’re going to be turning on the lights in an hour anyway. Are they really saving energy? While I cannot pretend to know the energy usage of a single energy-efficient bulb versus a single candle, I can assure you that people are going to be burning five candles to every light bulb they aren’t using.
Now about the businesses participating in Earth Hour. They do realize that everyone is going to have to work an extra hour to catch up, right? That means an extra hour of light bulb usage tonight or whenever the employees catch up. In the meantime, I’m guessing that the businesses are still running the A/C or heating, depending on where they live. Now, is it likely that everyone isn’t going to fire up the Wii after they turn on the lights? Are they going to quietly read for the rest of the evening? Furthermore, I was informed once that it takes more energy to turn on and off lights when you leave the room momentarily than to leave them running.
If people actually wanted to save energy, they could go to bed with the sun. “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” so it is said. We wouldn’t use any unnecessary energy. We would correct our biological clocks. If we really wanted to get into it we could stop watching (and running) all late night entertainment!
Therefore, I propose that anyone who is disgusted with unfounded, ineffective global warming hysteria leave their lights on from 8:30 to 9:30 tomorrow night in protest. Everyone else will have their lights on.