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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:
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
- Bjorn Lomborg’s Dirty Little Math (cleantechnica.com)
- The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World (landandlivestock.wordpress.com)
- Earth Hour 2013: March 23, 8:30 PM (environmentaleducationuk.wordpress.com)
- Earth Hour Is a Colossal Waste of Time – And Energy (slate.com)
- In Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bjorn Lomborg urges delay with misleading stats (climatesciencewatch.org)
- Turn off gadgets during Earth Hour (technology.inquirer.net)
- Earth Hour (popalx.wordpress.com)
- My Blog Supports “Earth Hour.” (zedie.wordpress.com)
Its a rip off and its the poor and those who rent who are being slugged every time they turn on a light or boil their kettles for a cuppa, Yes I’m talking about those roof top Solar installations that are so beloved by those of the Latte sipping persuasion, While these minions of the left may complain bitterly about “middle class welfare” they are happily dreaming photo-electric dreams of their roofs covered with money making appliances.
HOUSEHOLDS will soon be slugged $240 annually to pay for the power produced by rooftop solar systems.
New modelling has revealed that by 2015-16, almost 15 per cent of the total household power price will fund the solar feed-in tariff.
The Newman Government has already cut the tariff for home-produced power to 8 per kilowatt hour for all solar systems bought after July 9.
However, the new figures exposing the huge burden being carried by all consumers to pay those who produce solar power may prompt the Government to also reduce the 44/kWh tariff paid to those who previously installed photovoltaic systems.
The Government is investigating ways to reduce network costs – the price of moving electricity from the power generators to people’s homes – which account for about 50 per cent of all electricity prices.
The modelling by the Queensland Competition Authority estimates the costs caused by solar for consumers will fall to just under $100 annually, or 6 per cent of power bills, by 2019/20.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the Government’s decision to cap the scheme had already produced significant savings.
Mr McArdle said the solar feed-in tariff would have cost $1.8 billion by 2028 but this had been reduced by $300 million.
“This cost is passed through to all households in the form of higher network charges, which just adds to the burden of this scheme,” he said.
“What we have here is Labor, and its Green partners, hiding its head in the sand and continuing to claim that renewable energy schemes are decreasing the cost of electricity. This is blatantly untrue and the modelling by the QCA should finally end this.”
This is the real middle class welfare comrades and its clear to me that this is the sort of thing that will be killing our economic position far more that things like the baby bonus but of course its the inner city demographic who love the idea of “renewable energy” so the Labor governments who are so indebted to them have to keep them sweet. Sadly its we ordinary electricity consumers who have declined to sup at the solar trough who are paying through the nose each quarter so that these green parasites can feel good about the planet. Could any of you guess that my $500 electric bill is due in a couple of days?