Minneapolis plans energy-saving hour of darkness on March 28

It’s symbolic, to be sure, but a Minneapolis City Council committee has agreed to again be part of “Earth Hour,” when many uses of electricity will be stopped for an hour.

It’ll be March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And it won’t include any electrical use that’s required for life, safety or operations — like 911 computers, I’d guess. They’re talking about things like decorative lighting, the City Hall clock tower’s neon lights for example.

The point is to made a statement, and participating individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world also will turn off their lights for an hour.

In Minneapolis, 20 buildings have signed up, including the Red Stag Supper Club, the IDS Center, Wells Fargo Center and Target headquarters.

“Even though it’s a symbolic call to action, Earth Hour had actual energy reduction results last year,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak, “It was a 10 percent drop – double what organizers had expected.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 03/10/2009 - 10:13 am.

    It seems to me, that “earth hour” turned the light off a long time ago.

  2. Submitted by Doug Cole on 03/11/2009 - 09:10 am.

    It seems to ME that we might be turning off the lights just to make ends meet. Some folks just can’t think straight. They left us an economic mess.

  3. Submitted by david granneman on 03/13/2009 - 01:21 pm.

    hello all
    in the future if we follow the horrible energy plans suggested by obama and the democrates there will be may “dark days” only they will not be planned or short. the chinese are dumping billions of dallard into developing their own natural resourse. in addition they working with cuba to develope oil field in the gulf of mexico. they are negotiating with argentena to develope the new oil field found off the coast. china is ensuring they have an adiquate supply of oil to provided energy for their future growth and prosperity. the united states is banning the developement of our own natural resources. we are dumping billions of dollars in “renewable energy”
    wind and solar energy is very expensive and unrelialbe. THERE ARE NO VIABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR OR EVEN THE FAR FUTUTRE. the united states will need to depend on unreliable and expensive energy while china will have cheap and dependable energy for future generation. which plan do you think is better

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