Sunday, March 15, 2009

Earth Hour

Good god. We are about to be subjected to this puritanical nonsense for another year.

Here's a pledge for the good folk who know Al and his Gorebull warming based on rubbish AlGorithms from the hockey stick is, well, crap.

Leave your lights on. In fact go around the house and turn them all on, including the computers, heaters, dryers. Use all the energy you can for Earth Hour.

Make it your protest because I will be.

Nothing gets me incensed like this utter garbage. Power up dudes. Cowabunga.

Across Australia, 1000 megawatts of electricity was cut off the regular usage – and even then, immediately after the end of the hour, usage rose again, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A blog post by a Melbourne Herald-Sun columnist also noted that the overall effect of Earth Hour, taking into account the energy demand for the hour and subsequently, was negligible. In fact, Sydney actually recorded an increase in demand in the early minutes of the hour before cutting back.

PS: I wonder how many burglaries will be attempted during Earth Hour as baddies cruising the streets see lights off in homes mean "no one home".

Who's coming through your window during Earth Hour?


Barnsley Bill said...

Earth hour will be observed at Barnsley Bill. In recognition of earth hour all posts about Obama will be Banned for 24 hours.. Fairfacts that means YOU.


You mean today or March 28?

Barnsley Bill said...

How about from now until march 28th?

coge said...

Power-up hour. 8.30pm 28th of March. Crank up the spa pool, grill some cheese & run a hot bath. Show these hippies we aren't satistied.


I like the idea of a big switch on.

Can't guarantee 2 Obama free weeks.
But even I am running out of things to say about Obama.
And I will be away for a few days in the smoke, so I expect blogging will be light.
BB, you will have to take up the slack as well as sort out the technical stuff with mine.

Psycho Milt said...

Now come on - are you guys really so mean you'd ridicule nice, middle-class handwringers for wanting to be seen to be doing something for the environment without actually inconveniencing themselves? Er, yes, OK I'm that mean too.

Anonymous said...

I believe Tim Blair's blog run an 'hour of power' on Earth Day.

As the 28th is a Saturday, I think I'll get all of the vintage tractors in Dad's shed going.

15 at last count. Take THAT Gaia!!


Dave Mann said...

Here is my response to this bullshit. I have sent this to everybody on my address list.

If you wanna copy it and do the same, then please feel free... (with or without the disclaimer). I have headed it up 'Earth Hour - Fight This Madness' in the Subject Line

---- STARTS -----

This Saturday 28th March at 8.30 pm, the forces of guilt, superstition and ignorance will be telling us to SWITCH OFF OUR LIGHTS in New Zealand for an hour. In other words, they are asking us to PLUNGE OURSELVES INTO DARKNESS in the name of their crazy backward-looking religion.

If you think about this for more than a few seconds, you will realise that the development and availability of copious energy supplies is the major reason that the human species has quite literally dragged itself from the caves and given itself more comfortable, well-fed, interesting, healthier and longer lives. Its called our ‘Standard Of Living’.

If you think that we should devolve back into the primativism and the Third World, then by all means plunge yourself into darkness as part of this madness. However, if you want to celebrate life and human progress, then I encourage you to make your statement by TURNING ON ALL YOUR LIGHTS, PLASMA TVs, AIR CONDITIONERS and COMPUTER MONITORS ETC for an hour this Saturday evening and basking in the glow of living in the age of technology with all the amazing benefits that this brings.

Say ‘NO’ to Eco-guilt:
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PRINT THIS EMAIL. Print has a nice tactile quality;
you can take it places and pass it around easily (and you can read it while you
are on the loo too!). Also, paper is made from renewable forests, which release
heaps of lovely oxygen into the atmosphere for us to breathe - and the forestry
industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy and keeps
thousands of people and their families in gainful productive employment.


Well said Dave.
Now PM, I do recall Emily Perkins as a SST colmnist or something from way back.
Looks like they are promoting the works of an old mate.
But good on them, its quite an attractive pic , the Florence Nightingale look, etc.
But as I note over at Barnsley Bill, there's nothing the media likes more than a good scare story, especially if it fits in with their agendas and prejudices.
Thus the Copenhagen conference telling doom and gloom gets mass coverage in contrast to the Heartland conference that did not.


BTW Dave, you are right about forestry.
Fast growing pinus radiata trees suck up heaps of carbon dioxide.

coge said...

Yes, it is effective photography FFM. Plus I remember Emily Perkins from our college days, she was quite a young hottie, which is likely my main reason for her recollection!

Clunking Fist said...

coge: I was in some of her classes at onslow and have no similar memory. Mind you, I was busily, albeit unsuccessfully, chasing the ones with teh mini-skirts and legwarmers. She was more op-shop.

Clunking Fist said...

Dave, you fixin' on smoking cigars? We shall be, watching the Crusaders/Stormers game. My bbq is gas, but I'm looking to borrow a charcoal one as well. Pump up the stereo and good little party. Well, til the littlies need to go bye-byes, then the noise will have to go down.

Anonymous said...

It takes roughly 24hours to spin a turbine up to full speed, and it takes another 12 hours to bring it down. If the nation is switching of at the same time where does the excess electricity go, it goes straight into a massive bank of resisters what a waste of energy. EARTH HOUR is a MASSIVE WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY.

ZenTiger said...

Auckand thinks about the environment more often than once a year. They turn the power off to the whole city, not just lights. Those guys are sterling.

Yes, lets turn off those wind turbines in order to save the environment. With the lights off, all sorts of birds fly into those whirling blades.

I recently mused we should do tax hour and stuff like that.

Save the planet and stuff like that

CareforNature said...

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Clunking Fist said...

Good idea, CaredforBYnature. I'm going to start a group that posts our turds to the Green Party for recycling/composting. Hopefully it will become a Green MP.