Britain has pulled the plug on LiveEarth's Anti-Light show
The Times of London reports power grid authorities have nixed Al Gore's call for a moment of global darkness :
"Intended to be thesymbolic gesture " climaxing " a global series of rock concerts
next month to alert people to climate change.
Al Gore, the former US
presidential candidate turned climate doomsayer, had wanted a massive
switch-off of lights by television audiences from Alaska to Antarctica but the National Grid has
vetoed the idea.
The inconvenient truth, it says, is that the power surge when people switched
their lights back on could cause disruptions in supply and even endanger
hospital patients on life support machines...
“The organisers of Live Earth planned to do this very symbolic act but we had
concerns because it was impossible for us to forecast what would happen."John Gaydon, producer of the British concert at the new Wembley stadium, said:
“The National Grid warned us that it would put too much pressure on the
power supply and would be potentially dangerous for hospitals.”...
The biggest recorded power drop in Britain was 2,700 megawatts during the
three-minute silence for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The
biggest surge was 3,000 megawatts after the solar eclipse in 1999."