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).

Lights ON for Earth Hour


As pointless environmental gestures go, this one takes the cake. The Sydney Moonbat Herald loves this kind of nonsense, and they have even created an Earth Hour section on the SMH web site. So you will be pleased to hear that at ACM Towers we have done our bit as usual:

Not a single CFL in sight

ACM is an Earth Hour-free zone, and always will be.

North Koreans embrace "Earth Year"


A backward, communist, pariah state dictatorship seems to do well at Earth Hour, in fact “Earth Year”, because it’s like this every hour up there in swinging North Korea. Compare with affluent, successful, democratic South Korea, with lights burning across the country:

That one bright spot is the capital…

And this is what we are trying to emulate in Earth Hour? Heaven help us. At least it’s over for another year.

Photo thanks to WUWT.

Media hysteria over "Earth Hour"


Switch 'em back on

Not a single mainstream media outlet has called out “Earth Hour” for the pointless gesture it really is – celebrating darkness and backwardness and abhorring human progress and achievement. The Australian and the ABC are wisely not touching it. Here are a few examples.

From the Herald Sun:

Australia powers down for Earth Hour

FROM the nation’s red heart to the tip of Tassie, Australians will flick a small switch on Saturday to make a big statement.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity for people around the world to speak in one voice on the issue of climate change,” said Greg Bourne, CEO of Australia’s World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Australia will be among the first places in the world to turn the power down, with some of the nation’s biggest companies and organisations committed to turning off their lights for 60 minutes from 8.30pm on Saturday. [When nobody’s at work anyway. I’d like to see them do it at 11 am on a Monday morning – Ed]

Ferries will blast their horns in Sydney – where the first ever Earth Hour was staged by WWF in 2007 – to signal the start of the event, which will see the lights go out at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. (source)

From the Sydney Moonbat Herald (Fairfax is a sponsor of Earth Hour, because that’s the kind of organisation Fairfax is):

Millions to go dark for Earth Hour

World-famous landmarks including the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and Beijing’s Forbidden City will go dark on Saturday as millions turn out the lights for Earth Hour, a rolling grassroots movement aimed at tackling climate change.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign promises to be the biggest yet with thousands of cities and towns in 125 countries – 37 more than last year – pledging to take part in the aftermath of a failed climate summit last year.

December’s fractious Copenhagen summit has done nothing to dampen public hopes for meaningful action to avert catastrophic global warming, according to Earth Hour founder Andy Ridley.

“There appears to be some fatigue to the politics around it… But people are far more motivated this year than they were last year,” he told AFP.

Now run by the WWF [extreme green environmental advocacy and pressure group, which wrote half of the IPCC’s AR4 report – Ed], Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2 million people switched off the lights in their homes, offices and businesses for 60 minutes to make a point about electricity consumption and carbon pollution.

The campaign went global the following year, and this Saturday, more than 1,200 of the world’s best-known landmarks will kill their lights at 8:30pm local time in what organisers describe as a “24-hour wave of hope and action”. (source)

Pass the sick bag. And of course, because Fairfax is a sponsor, all the Fairfax local papers are plugging it for all they are worth. Here’s the Armidale Express:

City lights dim as Earth Hour nears

Armidale Dumaresq Council will join with more than one billion people in 4000 cities around the world and switch off non-essential lights and electricity uses during the fourth annual Earth Hour, tomorrow night.

In 2009, with business involvement, Earth Hour became the world’s biggest mass participation event. This year’s Earth Hour, which starts at 8.30, hopes to eclipse that success.

“Earth Hour is an Australian initiative of WWF Australia that began in Sydney in 2007,” Armidale Dumaresq mayor Peter Ducat said. (source)

The Southern Highlands News:

Lights out for Earth Hour in the Southern Highlands

SOUTHERN Highlands residents, schools and businesses will be switching off the lights and turning on to Earth Hour 2010 tomorrow night.

From 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, Peppers Manor House and Craigieburn will join the global campaign and plunge into darkness to strengthen public awareness for climate change.

The energy-conscious retreats will demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility through a series of interior and exterior energy saving initiatives such as extinguishing feature lighting, holding a candlelit reception, turning off appliances in unoccupied rooms and neutralising air conditioning by a few degrees to consume less power.

Guests are encouraged to join in by turning room lights out, and they will be given glow sticks at check-in. (source)

Sounds romantic. The Yass Tribune:

Go to the light in Yass, after flicking the switch

People in Bangladesh are doing it; people in London are doing it; and people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are doing it. Many, like Australia, have done it before, while others are first-timers. What could possibly unite such a disparate group of people from all over the world? Concern for climate change, of course. They have all signed on to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday.

Momentum for the global initiative is gaining speed in the Yass Valley. Residents are starting to reach for the candles and embrace the concept of Earth Hour, now in its fourth year. In 2009, families and individuals from across the region flicked the switch for an hour. This year, the Earth Hour message goes beyond the gesture of turning out the lights.

The wildlife preservation group WWF [wildlife preservation group? Sorry, you’ve got it completely wrong there – Ed] which created the event in Sydney in 2007, is encouraging people to also change their daily habits (see page 2 of today’s edition for tips on how you can reduce the size of your footprint!). (source)

Enough. Don’t sit in the dark with the hippies. Forget Earth Hour, celebrate Human Achievement Hour.

UPDATE: The ABC is covering it, but amazingly is half critical in an environmental blog post, and even mentions HAH – see here:

The subtleties of the Earth Hour message – that it’s not about saving electricity, it’s about the symbolism – have been well and truly lost.

If you need evidence, look to the group that has started in opposition to Earth Hour. “Human Achievement Hour” is an invention of US think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute. It encourages participants to celebrate this hour, which coincides with Earth Hour, by turning on all their lights and using as much electricity as possible to celebrate the fact that they can.

“We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible,” Myron Ebell, CEI’s Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy is quoted as saying.

CEI Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer says, “Those who wish to celebrate Earth Hour should sit in the dark, turn off the heat, and breathe as little as possible.”

Sitting in the dark is not sustainable for more than a symbolic hour. And if anyone is going to understand the concept of sustainability it ought to be the green groups.

The fact that the chief of the WWF himself is mixed in his messages is proof that the Earth Hour message is well and truly scrambled. A global audience of over 50 million people have been led to believe they have to sit in the dark to be green.

Forget "Earth Hour" – celebrate Human Achievement Hour


Turn your lights on

Let’s leave the hippies sitting in the dark whilst we celebrate human achievement, thanks in a very large part to plentiful and cheap energy.

During Human Achievement Hour, people around the world will be recognising the incredible accomplishments of the human race.

Originally conceived by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2009, Human Achievement Hour coincides with the earth hour campaign but salutes those who keep the lights on and produce the energy that makes human achievement possible.

Millions of people around the world will be showing their support for human achievement by simply going about their daily lives. While earth hour activists will be left in the dark, Human Achievement Hour participants will be going to the cinema, enjoying a hot meal, driving their car or watching television.

There is really no limit to how you can support Human Achievement Hour just like there is no limit to what mankind can achieve.

Human Achievement Hour 2010 will be between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 27 March.

See here to download flyers.

Pointless climate gestures of the week


Switch 'em back on

Yes, it’s that time again, where everyone in the entire universe [surely some mistake?] switches off their lights for sixty minutes in the utterly pointless gesture that we all know as Earth Hour. The Sydney Morning Herald is a sponsor of this nonsense, so they’re plugging it for all its worth:

Earth Hour will again encourage people to turn off lights this Saturday at 8.30pm to raise awareness of climate change.

From humble beginnings in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become an international event, with famous locations like Times Square and the Eiffel Tower joining in last year. Millions of people in more than 80 nations are expected to participate this year. (source)

Just to demonstrate the global commitment to this, here’s a photo from Times Square (one of the locations mentioned above), showing the huge difference Earth Hour 2009 made there:

Spot the one missing bulb

So as usual, ACM is asking all its readers to use as much electricity as possible during Earth Hour to cancel out the efforts of thousands of hippies sitting in the dark. Maybe we could even get an upwards blip in the power usage – now that would be funny!

"Bonkers" doesn't come close

Whilst we’re on the subject of pointless gestures, the announcer on ABC Classic FM annoyingly drew my attention to some “artist” who has put a metal sculpture on an iceberg (no, really):

By creating a gigantic and unprecedented art project, cool(E)motion™ wants to re-engage the public on the topic of climate change. It wants to do so in a positive manner, contrary to the fault-finding impulses or the accusing finger.

We will demonstrate the inextricable link between climate and culture and visualize what the consequences of that link are. To illustrate this we will travel into the areas around the North Pole. The impressive dynamic natural elements that are typical of this area speak to everyone’s imagination: a virginal white stage with unimaginable forces, such as rapidly receding glaciers, floating icebergs, drifting ice. On these dynamic stages we will place huge sculptures, which derive their inspiration from the local culture. These almost majestic sculptures will be propelled by their stages at high speeds toward their final destruction. In order to reach our audience with this magnificent theatrical drama, we will broadcast it live into people’s living rooms.

Because cool(E)motion™ is very concerned about the effects of climate change moving south, we will give the very first victims of climate change a voice: the Inuit, a group of people who currently have no voice. Their story can become ours. But Inuit culture has always dealt with adaptation to harsh circumstances. Because our culture is based on more stable circumstances, we are not used to short-term change. We, with our more structured culture, will have a tougher time. But nonetheless, climate change means culture change.

You can sample the full barminess of this here.

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