ACM cancels out Earth Hour

ACM Towers' display for Power Hour

ACM Towers’ display for Power Hour

Once again, congratulations to all of you who turned off your electric lights last night and sat around in the dark for an hour with a few candles burning. When I say ‘congratulations’ I actually mean ‘tough luck, suckers’ because you have actually increased the carbon dioxide emissions of the planet by doing so. Well done.

Bjørn Lomborg explains:

Hypothetically, switching off the lights for an hour would cut CO2 emissions from power plants across the world. But even if everyone in the world cut all residential lighting, and this translated entirely into CO2 reduction, it would be the equivalent of China pausing its CO2 emissions for less than four minutes. In fact, Earth Hour will cause emissions to increase.

As Britain’s National Grid operators have found, a small decline in electricity consumption does not translate into less energy being pumped into the grid, and therefore will not reduce emissions. Moreover, during Earth Hour any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterwards.

And the cosy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Using one candle for each switched-off bulb cancels out even the theoretical CO2 reduction; using two candles means that you emit more CO2. (source)

And in any event, ACM ensured that the efforts of New South Wales environmentalists (with the emphasis on ‘mentalists’) were negated by the annual Power Hour display at ACM Towers (photo).


  1. Earth hour is a crock, like the new site Simon

  2. Brian Freeman says:

    I have learned a few things about wind turbines:
    1. (obvious one first), they don’t produce any electricity when the wind doesn’t blow.
    2. They don’t produce any electricity when the wind blows a lot because if the wind blows too much, they have to be turned off to stop them burning out.
    3. Actually 1 is not quite true because it’s worse than that, they CONSUME electricity when the wind doesn’t blow – apparently, if left stationary for too long, flat spots are worn on the bearings or some such effect, which means that you have to pump electricity into them to keep them turning to prevent this effect.
    4. There has to be instant start power backup to provide for every single watt of wind generated power for those occasions when the country is becalmed, which does happen occasionally.
    AND THIS IS WHAT OUR SUCCESSIVE (UK) GOVERNMENTS CALL SUSTAINABLE POWER. Even if you believe in the entire climate alarmist case and that we can reverse the damage we have done, this CANNOT be the way to deal with it.

    • They are planning to put up the absolute Largest wind turbines on the US continent (if not the world), literally in our back yard, here in Southern Ontario. Nearly 600 feet tall, including the blades, which are over 150 feet long. 8 of them are planned to be standing between our home, and winter sunsets, of which I have taken many beautiful pictures. 77 turbines across the area.

      We are subject to winds over 50K- and sometimes, over 100K- at least a score of times a year, mostly during winter months. So they’ll be useless.

      We are also on the migration route for Canada Geese and Tundra Swans. One cornfield less than a mile from here, had thousands of Tundra Swans on it this past Friday.

      We’re entering into a group lawsuit to stop them.

      • Good luck, Otter, I hope you manage to put a stop to them. When the green b******s first talked of wind farms, somehow they never got around to telling people they would cover the land with thousands of them! I hate the things.

  3. I have both solar electricity and solar hot water, cook with gas, and use the Phillips, 20w energy savers for lighting. I’ve done my bit now might I SUGGEST – TURN OFF ALL THOSE LEFT ON ALL NIGHT OFFICE BLOCK LIGHTS! But then that to logical!

  4. The Australian Energy Market Operator provides a wealth of information on electricity demand. After checking the figures, for the 3 most populous states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, here are the results:

    AVERAGE ELECTRICITY DEMAND (for the 3 previous Saturdays 2/3, 9/3 & 16/3 taken at 9pm): 18,964
    ELECTRICITY DEMAND (Earth Hour 9pm Saturday 23 March): 18,949

    In effect, electricity demand during Earth Hour dropped by a massive 0.08%, however taking into account statistical anomalies, Earth Hour was a complete failure!

  5. My contribution to the “Hour of Power”

    2 views of 2000w+ of stage lights in the back yard, testing the new gels (what better time to do it)!

    And I counted 4 coal trains go past during that hour, heading to Port Waratah, 🙂

  6. richarda4 says:

    Had to chuckle at the power wasting neighbors who went to candle power for the hour. When for the rest of the year their house rooms are a “christmas tree” of lights, with their exterior light often left on all night.

  7. I’m happy to see Earth Hour dwindling severely. The greens are trying to hang onto it, but it’s going, going, gone. What a waste of time.

  8. It’s the thought that counts, the good intentions. It’s symbolic of caring for mother earth. It’s the Jungian thing to do, it’s for those who tread lightly in Birkenstocks, it’s a great feeling for vegans, it is a grand show of obedience to the New World Order. It’s well …. Zombie like. For the living, it’s a fucking joke.

  9. ralphcramdo says:

    Did anyone remember to turn off the 30 or so volcanoes that are erupting before turning off the lights?
    Probably not…

  10. Earth hour is obviously a symbolic act and nobody who participated in it did it to as an energy saving method, that is just ridiculous. Your mean-spirited post says it all about this blog then. Can’t win on arguments, so cake on the polemics.

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