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    Question EARTH HOUR: You In?

    Earth Hour: It's an annual occult exercise

    Festival has no effect on climate, and sends the wrong message
    By David Seymour, Special to Times Colonist March 26, 2010 If previous

    Earth Hours are any indication, tomorrow's annual ritual will possess a curious blend of contradictory properties. Switching off the lights for an hour will have little effect on climate change, practical or symbolic, yet it will likely follow the established trend of growing participation each year.

    All good contradictions deserve an explanation, but the most likely ones in this case don't bode well for our Western liberal Enlightenment tradition.

    Earth Hour will not reduce the consumption of resources. Even without the parties, concerts, or candle burning, Earth Hour could only delay consumption, not reduce it.

    A more effective way to pursue the goal of Earth Hour would be to calculate one's annual income, divide it by the number of hours in a year and (cleanly) burn that much money -- less money equals less future consumption.

    Some might say that misses the point, because Earth Hour is meant to be a symbol. But it won't "send a message" to politicians (at least not the intended one) and its hollowness causes other problems.

    As a thought experiment, why isn't it Earth two hours, or a whole day? And how many Earth Hour participants really enjoy sitting in the dark, as opposed to burning candles, playing flashlight tag and attending Earth Hour concerts?

    The real messages Earth Hour sends politicians is that people think this fights climate change, and that any policies that actually restrict access to carbon-based energy would be political suicide.

    At the same time, Earth Hour dims the image of carbon emission reduction policies by associating them with hardship.

    If climate change mitigation policies were sold as policies of sacrifice, they'd be even less popular than they are already.

    The best escape route from this charge of sacrifice is that new technologies (which, the story goes, we would have adopted long ago anyway) will make the shift to a low-carbon economy painless. Yet going without light for an hour celebrates sacrifice while renouncing technology.

    This is not only the wrong image, it is the wrong policy.

    Earth Hour preaches deprivation (in principle, if not in practice) but wealthier countries are better environmental stewards than poor nations. That's because people tend to look after their most basic needs first and the environment second.

    Saving the Amazon rainforest as vital carbon sinks is good and well if you live in a country like Canada, but some people in Brazil are so desperate for survival that the army must fight illegal deforestation.

    Wealth and technology should be the celebrated hope for solving problems like climate change; instead, Earth Hour symbolically switches them off.

    Earth Hour is not just ineffective at promoting carbon emission reduction. Politically and practically, it achieves the opposite. Why would somebody who cared deeply about climate change want to be part of an event so wrong-headed?

    The conclusion that Earth Hour is not primarily about climate change -- rather that climate change is a proxy for some other cause -- becomes harder to escape with each passing Earth Hour.

    Some argue the other reason for Earth Hour events are to simply have a good time. Coca-Cola is a major sponsor and they know how to back a good festival -- just look at the Olympics.

    The festival hypothesis may explain the motives of mainstream participants, but not the chosen theme of the festival.

    In contrast, one U.S. think-tank is promoting Human Achievement Hour, designed to coincide with Earth Hour. It's a meditation on economic and technological progress that, since 1800, has doubled life expectancies and fed six times more people than ever before.

    Human achievement all but eradicated countless diseases such as polio and tuberculosis; it also puts 300,000 new books on the shelves every year, and so on.

    Anyone with the slightest intuition about modern society, though, would bet long odds against Human Achievement Hour being anything more than a fringe event.

    Popular culture has moved away from the values that created our prosperous society by choosing a festival that celebrates downplaying or opposing our wealth and technology.

    At the most flourishing time in human history, popular culture takes human achievement for granted. Instead, it seeks symbolism that renounces the Enlightenment values of the past 200 years -- quantifiable data, measurable results, reason, and the liberation of humanity and nature from the effects of poverty, which destroys both human souls and nature.

    In the broad sweep of history, movements such as Earth Hour are usually described as occult.

    David Seymour is a senior policy analyst at the Frontier Centre, www.fcpp.org.

    © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

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    Every "Earth Day" at the Penal Farm/Shelby Farms here in Memphis,you see industrial generators trailered in to supply the power and trash all over the grounds afterwards.
    Someone sent me an email about how they have 1/4 the carbon footprint of Al Gore and other people who travel by private aircraft and demand that others do with less in order to save the Earth,yet someone demanded that they do more.Their response was "If you are greener than Al Gore,you are green enough".
    I agree with that.

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    I'm tempted to turn on every light in my house and use as much energy as I can for that hour just because.

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    Yup, I'm turning on all the lights, building a big bonfire and eating chili.

    I might even go draw some graffiti on a windmill or two.. [/SARCASM]

    Mankind does not control the climate and it is foolish to think he can. These movement is all about the money.

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    I had Trace Adkins on the cd player and "Every light in the house was on..."
    I'm the one paying the light bill so why shouldn't *I* be the one deciding when they go on or off?

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    I want to know who is the person with the agenda against light bulbs. I want that person drug out into the street and surrounded by thousands of burning candles. Since when did a light bulb hurt anybody?
    I fish for a living, but I have to work for money...

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    I did my best to save energy...I turned off the lights and took a nap.
    Although next year I think I'll set a pile of tires on fire in my yard.

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    “I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles”
    Thomas Alva Edison

    How many fires were started by the damn fools with their queer little candles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireinfo10 View Post
    “I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles”
    Thomas Alva Edison

    How many fires were started by the damn fools with their queer little candles?
    I laughed last year at those fools. Many turned off all their lights and went out and had bonfires. In the process, they released 10,000 times more CO2.

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    I was too busy freezing my gazzoogas off doing stand-by in a hockey arena on Saturday night. And NO, they did not dip the lights for the "Hour". Although, they did turn the lights off in the gym, but thats because there was a beer garden and dance at that time.

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    I was at a very large amateur radio station, taking part in a contest or competition on the air. We had 6 stations running, putting out 1500W each for a total of 48 hours over the whole weekend.

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    Double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireinfo10 View Post
    “I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles”
    Thomas Alva Edison

    How many fires were started by the damn fools with their queer little candles?
    Here's one at least:

    Say, honey, could you put out the cat?

    Pet brushes candle, sets self on fire but is OK after Earth Hour meltdown

    Times Colonist March 30, 2010

    B.C. Environment Minister Barry Penner was hoping to spark a little romance with his wife during a candlelit dinner Saturday over Earth Hour. Instead, his cat caught on fire.

    Penner, who had been urging British Columbians to forgo electricity during the annual conservation event, took his own advice and lit numerous candles for the night.

    "We actually enjoyed a very romantic candlelit dinner that was only interrupted when our cat set himself on fire by brushing up against the flame, which caused some excitement," Penner deadpanned to reporters yesterday.

    "But we quickly got our cat, whose name is Ranger, under control. His hair is a little bit singed and his pride is somewhat affected. It will be a night that we'll remember for a long time."

    The environment minister held firm to the no-electricity rule by refusing to turn on an electric fan to clear the room of the smell of singed cat hair. Instead, he opened the window. The cat wasn't hurt.

    "I thought he'd have a natural aversion to flame, but apparently that's not the case," Penner said.

    The near-loss of Penner's beloved cat marked an otherwise uneventful Earth Hour for British Columbia. The province's electricity load dropped only 1.04 per cent, the smallest decrease in the three years since B.C. has participated in the global event.

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    province's electricity load dropped only 1.04 per cent, the smallest decrease in the three years
    Which seems to be roughly a national average per community. They tossed some numbers around from the local area yesterday, and they were similar... approximate 1% overall, which seems to indicate that not as many people participated this year.

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