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“Earth Hour” and the virtues of eating cake


Ah that environmental equivalent to the hate week that Orwell spoke of in 1984 is almost upon us and like hate week  its all about manipulating the feelings of the proles so that the dominate religious  ideology can be both strengthened and reinforced.  Thus when we are exhorted to turn off our lights for earth hour those of us who do not plunge our homes and business into darkness can paint targets on our foreheads for the faithful to aim at with their condescending scorn.However like a lot of religious mumbo jumbo the underlying assumption about the effectiveness of this act of environmental contrition will be grossly overstated as will the culpability of humanity for the claimed changes in the climate. With that all in mind  I found Bjorn  Lomborg‘s argument in today’s Oz most compelling:

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You don’t have to succumb to the group think about the “virtue” of turning off your lights or worse yet joining in to the immoral stupidity of getting your snout into the Photovoltaic subsidy trough that drives energy costs up for everyone else. There are better ways than these empty gestures to tread lightly on the planet, holiday in this country rather than taking that jet fueled jaunt around the planet, use your appliances and cars until they are worn out instead of replacing them when the warranty runs out. Forgo the pleasures of the fashion industry by only buying new clothes when your old ones are worn out, heck you could even seek a better balance between the need to be clean and the frequency and duration of your showering. All of theses things are going to make more difference to the planet than turning your lights off for one hour, especially if you have, like yours truly, already  been using the most efficient LED lights (that use 85% less energy than an incandescent bulb )for quite some time …

Never been a big fan of cake Comrades



  1. GD says:

    Excellent and pertinent post, Iain, and a great article by Bjorn Lomborg. He has repeatedly been a voice of reason in the global warming/wealth redistribution scam vs common sense.

    As for the ridiculously symbolic ‘Earth Hour’, I prefer Tim Blair and Jo Nova’s idea of an ‘Hour of Power’.

    Jo suggests instead of observing Earth Hour we:

    1. Write down the tally on the electricity meter.
    2. Turn on all the lights you can find (bonus points for incandescents from the stash.)
    3. Put on the party lights, the patio light, the pool light, the mozzie zappers, unpack those Christmas decorations. Get out your torches. Switch the movement detector spotlights to continuous operation. (Involve the kids — they love to help).
    4. Light your backyard with the landcruiser headlights! (Don’t flatten the battery, make sure you keep that engine running.)
    5. Don’t forget those bar radiators — revel in that infra red! (Light the kitchen with the ones in the oven and grill.)
    6. Eat Argentinian Lamb steak, Danish butter, Argentinian Cheese, Belgian Chocolate, and Californian Oranges.
    7. Drink German Beer and or French Champagne. Drink toasts to coal miners, oil rig workers, and power station staff.
    8. Take a photo, take lots of photos, and send them to myself, and Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt.
    9. At 9.30pm read that meter and tell us how many KWhr you’ve liberated. Who will win The Hour of Power?

    Tim Blair’s readers have even more creative ways of spending the ridiculous ‘Earth Hour’.

  2. Brian says:

    I agree, Iain; I have always thought this Earth Hour thing was a waste of time and effort. It is just pointless tokenism really. If people want to conserve energy then there are any number of things they can do, but all involve changing regular behaviours. The problem with Earth Hour is that convinces lazy yuppies they can make a difference with the least possible effort.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Thanks Brian Its nice to find some common ground!

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