Have you been reading all the follow-up stories documenting the huge cuts in electricity use during Earth hour? Yeah, neither have I. That is because there weren't any, at least in the US. Apparently our local Arizona utilities couldn't really find any statistically significant drop in usage.
But here is the embarrassing fact for the City of Phoenix, though the fact appears to be one year old:
The drop-off in participation might be tied to Phoenix not being a key participant like it was in 2008.
The city spent $3,000 in overtime for employees to run around and shut off lights last year, said the mayor's spokesman Scott Phelps.
We seriously paid for that last year? Unbelievable.
Somehow the lack of participation was spun in the article as "It was a global vote for action on climate change." Probably why I could never be a media flack - no way I could say that with a straight face.
By the way, the Coyote family celebrated Earth hour by consuming big slabs of methane-producing cow at Ruth's Chris.
Update: The feed header for the AZ Republic article linked above reads "Arizona shrugged off Earth Hour while much of the rest of the globe turned off lights Saturday night." Really? Much of the rest of the globe turned off lights? I must have missed the evidence, or even mention of this, in the article.