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Attention Useful Idiots: Are you ready for “Earth Hour”?

Posted by danishova on March 27, 2009

Joshua Rhett Miller reports for Fox News:

In what it’s calling a "vote for the future of planet Earth," the World Wildlife Fund wants every light in the world to go dark for one hour on Saturday as a symbolic gesture to call for action on climate change.

It’s called Earth Hour — and among the places where the lights will go out are the Eiffel Tower, the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the Pyramids of Giza and Niagara Falls.

And, for the first time in the event’s three-year existence, the New York headquarters of the United Nations will also go dark, a move officials say will save a whopping $24,300.

Earth Hour — 8:30 to 9:30 p.m in every time zone on the planet — promises to be “the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever attempted," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this month.

The usual suspects are involved; I look forward to seeing photos of clueless celebrities patting themselves on the back in a Karmic gesture of self-congratulatory ecstasy:

WWF organizers say nearly 2,900 cities worldwide will participate in Earth Hour, with at least 250 American cities among them, including Chicago, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco. Plenty of celebrities have signed on to the cause, including musicians Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge and Wynonna Judd, as well as actors Edward Norton, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

And, of course, the United Nations.

Blah, blah, blah:

WWF spokeswoman Leslie Aun said Earth Hour will serve as a dramatic "visual message that the people of the world" are concerned about climate change.

"This is a reminder to our leaders around the world that people care about this issue," she said. "People told us last year they loved feeling connected to something big."

Asked to estimate how much energy could be saved worldwide during the 60 minutes of darkness, Aun replied, "We don’t even calculate the emissions that we save in that hour. That’s not the point."

Can you handle the truth?:

But Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and director of the Denmark-based think tank Copenhagen Consensus Centre, said the event could actually increase emissions.

"When asked to extinguish electricity, people turn to candlelight," Lomborg wrote in an op-ed in The Australian. "Candles seem natural, but are almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light globes, and more than 300 times less efficient than fluorescent lights. If you use one candle for each extinguished globe, you’re essentially not cutting CO2 at all, and with two candles you’ll emit more CO2. Moreover, candles produce indoor air pollution 10 to 100 times the level of pollution caused by all cars, industry and electricity production."

Dr. Kenneth Green, a resident scholar on environmental science at the American Enterprise Institute, said Earth Hour shouldn’t even be considered an environmental activity, since there will be no tangible benefits.

"If the U.N. is trying to show it’s really committed to the Earth," he said, "they should scrap the giant fleet of black limousines they drive around in and buy hybrid cars in the United States to help the economy of the country they’re in.

"That’s the real tragedy in what this symbolizes. They’ve taken the one thing that symbolizes man’s advancement over animals — that is, man’s ability to create light — and they’ve turned it into a bad thing.


1. Heh. Ed Morrissey has a must read post, providing analysis about this related story from Fox News:

A United Nations document on “climate change” that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body. …

2. In the you can’t make this stuff up department, Newsbusters reports:  On ‘Today’: Actor Ed Norton Compares His ‘Earth Hour’ to March On Selma

3. In the U.K., a nutty professor  vile anarcho-terrorist nicknamed Mr. Mayhem has plans for those who fail to observe “Earth Hour”:

Knight, whose house in a south ­London street known as Millionaires’ Row serves as the unlikely headquarters for the G20 Meltdown group organising the siege of the Bank of England on 1 April, intends to “harness the rage” of social action groups and wants to use “Earth Hour”, a worldwide “power down” planned by the World Wildlife Fund to express solidarity against ­climate change, to target City firms that fail to turn off their lights at the appointed time of 8.30pm on Saturday night

La dee dee. La dee da. I wonder what the aforementioned celebutards think about the concept of climate change thugs enforcing “Earth Hour”:

“We are expecting up to one million people on the streets of the capital on Saturday afternoon and just before sunset thousands of us will fan out across the City to enforce Earth Hour,” he says. “We’re focusing on Canary Wharf but every office block in London with lights on will be fair game. We will go to the building and demand they switch off the lights. If they refuse, our agents will find ways to enter the building, even if it means knocking down doors and ­windows to break in.”

Aw, he uses talking points from fellow ‘distinguished professor’ Bill "It’s not terrorism because it doesn’t target people, to kill or injure” Ayers:

Is he advocating violence? “Not against people but I’m not too bothered about damage to property,” he says brazenly. “Let’s just say we prefer to avoid it and expect to be invited in by cleaners and janitors. But make no mistake, we’re prepared to go the whole way. One way or another, those lights will get switched off.”

Hey, it’s totally worth it. We’re saving the planet don’t ya know.

(H/T: Michelle Malkin who has a full rundown on the coming G20 Mob fest).

4. Cool. There’s an antidote to “Earth Hour”: Human Achievement Hour.   Resist

5. Via Hot Air headlines, more on “Earth Hour” enforcer, Mr. Mayhem. He’s a moderate!  

Chris Knight, a professor of anthropology at the University of East London, and one of the co-ordinators of G20 Meltdown, describes himself as moderate. "I’m the kind of anarchist that adheres to some form of organisation," he says. "I’m not into throwing bricks through windows; what I’m talking about is something closer to revolutionary, or anarcho, communism."

Phew! I don’t know about you but I just breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Related post:

Was Earth Hour an epic fail?


One Response to “Attention Useful Idiots: Are you ready for “Earth Hour”?”

  1. Hektor said

    What a joke! I am not just saying this because I think that it’s ridiculous to assume that one day’s hour of limited power consumption will make a difference, but also because as an avid environmentalist, I think it’s a fool’s errand. People will spend money on gym memberships during January because the propaganda machine of marketing makes the right case for taking health seriously as a new year’s initiative, however; as soon as February arrives it’s a different propaganda message, this time it’s you must spend, spend, spend on your loved one. Dimming your lights for ‘Earth Hour’ is a jerk-off suggestion that people are duped into believing as a contribution toward global warming change. What a bunch of jerk-offs!

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