Earth Hour Fraud fast approaching

urlAnytime soon the mainstream media will start bombarding us with clap-trap over the annual fraud that is “Earth Hour”:

On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30—and at 9:30, and at 10:30, and for the rest of the night—just like every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.

At the same time, another 1 billion people will participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.

The organizers say that they are providing a way to demonstrate one’s desire to “do something” about global warming. But the reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessens, and it actually increases CO2 emissions. Its vain symbolism reveals exactly what is wrong with today’s feel-good environmentalism.

Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see.

Notice that you have not been asked to switch off anything really inconvenient, like your heating or air-conditioning, television, computer, mobile phone, or any of the myriad technologies that depend on affordable, plentiful energy electricity and make modern life possible. If switching off the lights for one hour per year really were beneficial, why would we not do it for the other 8,759? 

Hypothetically, switching off the lights for an hour would cut CO2 emissions from power plants around the world. But, even if everyone in the entire 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 the United Kingdom’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 afterward.

And the cozy 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.

The whole exercise is complete bullshit. Once again my household will ensure it consumes far more energy than all the wankers turning out their lights. That house glowing and lighting up all of Flat Bush…yup that will be me.

All this of course ignores the enormous contribution electricity has made to making our lives great:

Electricity has given humanity huge benefits. Almost 3 billion people still burn dung, twigs, and other traditional fuels indoors to cook and keep warm, generating noxious fumes that kill an estimated 2 million people each year, mostly women and children. Likewise, just 100 years ago, the average American family spent six hours each week during cold months shoveling six tons of coal into the furnace (not to mention cleaning the coal dust from carpets, furniture, curtains, and bedclothes). In the developed world today, electric stoves and heaters have banished indoor air pollution.

Similarly, electricity has allowed us to mechanize much of our world, ending most backbreaking work. The washing machine liberated women from spending endless hours carrying water and beating clothing on scrub boards. The refrigerator made it possible for almost everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables, and to stop eating rotten food, which is the main reason why the most prevalent cancer for men in the United States in 1930, stomach cancer, is the least prevalent now.

Electricity has allowed us to irrigate fields and synthesize fertilizer from air. The light that it powers has enabled us to have active, productive lives past sunset. The electricity that people in rich countries consume is, on average, equivalent to the energy of 56 servants helping them. Even people in Sub-Saharan Africa have electricity equivalent to about three servants. They need more of it, not less.

The Green Taliban though would have us all putting up more hideous and subsidised wind turbines:

Today, we produce only a small fraction of the energy that we need from solar and wind—0.7 percent from wind and just 0.1 percent from solar. These technologies currently are too expensive. They are also unreliable (we still have no idea what to do when the wind is not blowing). Even with optimistic assumptions, the International Energy Agency estimates that, by 2035, we will produce just 2.4 percent of our energy from wind and 0.8 percent from solar.

To green the world’s energy, we should abandon the old-fashioned policy of subsidizing unreliable solar and wind—a policy that has failed for 20 years, and that will fail for the next 22. Instead, we should focus on inventing new, more efficient green technologies to outcompete fossil fuels.

If we really want a sustainable future for all of humanity and our planet, we shouldn’t plunge ourselves back into darkness. Tackling climate change by turning off the lights and eating dinner by candlelight smacks of the “let them eat cake” approach to the world’s problems that appeals only to well-electrified, comfortable elites.

Focusing on green R&D might not feel as good as participating in a global gabfest with flashlights and good intentions, but it is a much brighter idea.

Anytime some dick talks to you about Earth Hour, tell them to take a hike, we should be celebrating progress not commiserating in darkness.


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  • Jimmie

    I’ll do my earth hour when day light savings goes back an hour and then I’ll steal it back again in September and no one will notice…..

  • sheppy

    Or point out to them that even if we crushed all our cars and closed down all our fossil burning power stations it wouldn’t make any meaningful difference to global CO2 emissions…

  • tarkwin

    I might celebrate by turning on a few more lights and bumping up the spa pool a couple of degrees.

    • kohibruce

      Right on! I’m turning all lights on for the hour.

      • Cadwallader

        Ditto. I have stored a few fireworks from Guy Fawkes. They’re destined for the sky at 8.30 Saturday.

  • BJ

    The video of speaker Matt Ridley ‘Greening the Planet’ on here 3 days ago was a succinct explanation to me, of the reality of the Greens blinkers and total lack of comprehension. He said the planet was greening with CO2 admissions.
    He pointed out that fossil fuels do not compete with other animals like eco-fuels do. (Go watch it yourself for full understanding) If I recall he stated that a growing efficient economy can be had along with a healthy environment -but it ain’t through using wind, solar and soy.
    How can the Greens profess to be concerned with the environment when every alternative they promote is either a blot on the landscape, causing increased competition with birds and animals or causing food shortages.
    What do Greens really stand for? – all that is negative, lacking in joy and the bringing down of humanity to our knees.

  • Andy

    I recommend the movie “Fracknation” by Phelim McAleer which I watched the other night. It gives a rather disturbing insight into the Green mindset (and in particular Josh Fox).

  • blazer

    the Green mindset is a noble one.The failing corporate mindset is moral deficient.

    • Andy

      Green’s are corporates. Greenpeace and WWF are multi-billion dollar NGOs run by guys in suits that have no interest in the environment

      • blazer

        I dont doubt you…but that is the insidious consequence of Corporations being more important than people ,and the relentless promotion of self interest as the answer to everything.A paradoxical dichotomy of delusion and denial.

        • unsol

          So you agree that the greens are noble in theory only, but in reality hypocrites?

          • blazer

            to a degree quantified by human nature.

    • Stuck record…getting boring

      • blazer

        if that was a crime ,we wouldnt have the privelege of endless threads about Shearer,car parking and the like.

        • unsol

          He didn’t say it was a crime, just said it was boring – WO might be repetitive but it isn’t boring :)

          • blazer

            purely a matter of opinion of course.

          • Mr_Blobby

            Don’t forget to turn off your computer, we could do with the break.

          • blazer

            a number here could do with a ‘break’…

    • Mediaan

      My experience of Green MPs is that they are convenience-labelled. They know almost nothing of environmental issues.

      Outside their electorate offices, notice nobody goes out to pick up streetside litter (despite the government-waged workers presumably inside). They are the fillthiest curbsides on the block, typically. Notice how uncaringly they waste paper. Look at their individual stupid actions on environment prior to getting those list MP jobs…

      Pack of pseuds and poseurs.

      • Tom

        I have worked on Bunny Mcdiarmid’s Mazda. Decided to have a look at a few things…

        Plugs were ancient, massive gap. Air filter was clogged to hell. No oil showing on the dipstick (ie she never gets it serviced, just WOFd, no more).

        Aaaaand she had +- 10psi in all the tyres….

        Nice try Bunny!

  • Andy

    Earth Hour is a WWF creation, I believe. WWF is one of the most corrupt organisations on the planet. I am certainly not supporting any propaganda from them

  • GregM

    I use earth hour as an opportunity to do a full power engine run up on the tugboat. With all the lights off no one can see who is making all the noise and smoke. :-)

    • blazer

      take a bow…environmental vandal of the week!

      • Mr_Blobby

        Fuck off tosser.

        • blazer

          about to.Amazing the reaction of a number here…puerile expletives and invective a substitute for rational discussion seems a characteristic.

      • GregM

        First time I’ve won anything, do I get a prize ?

    • tarkwin

      I’m impressed.

    • John1234

      I’ll buy a ticket to that!

  • cows4me

    There was a news item on Earth hour last year. Thousands of Melons somewhere in Europe got together and lit candles to show solidarity for mother Earth. Fruitcakes put more co2 in the atmosphere then thousands of light bulbs. Sometimes you just want to bang your head on a brick wall.

  • Patrick

    The corporate I work for actually employs someone to advise us on sh1te like earth hour & growing your own vegetables. I guess the top management can then pat themselves on their backs for being such good corporate citizens. My bet is 98% of staff delete the emails unread.

  • 4077th

    I shall be firing up my newly installed 6.8l big block v8 just so I can smell the dollar bills burning. I might do all this with all my garage lights on, TV, Music and some chinese beer. The tree huggers can fuck off..the lot of them!

  • unsol

    “The whole exercise is complete bullshit. Once again my household will ensure it consumes far more energy than all the wankers turning out their lights. That house glowing and lighting up all of Flat Bush…yup that will be me.”

    Funny stuff Cameron. Laugh out loud!

    We don’t observe it either – mainly because we have always forgotten then remember when we happen to look out past the deck see everyone has their lights off.

    Just like the whole plastic bag thing it is a ridiculous concept, but far more palatable than no longer buying stuff you don’t need wrapped up in plastic that just floats around for all eternity.

    Global warming – not sure, don’t really care enough to find out as the climate seems to be the least of our world’s problems.

    • blazer

      thats just his long winded version of ‘lights on….no one home’!

  • Lion_ess

    Earth hour is a visual game of simon-says to monitor the rate of stupid, fucking people who do as they’re told without question. For white folk, this is the equivalent of the annual plunge into the Ganges River by millions of hindus who believe this will clean away their sins.

  • Vlad

    For the lefties who may not like the very sensible analysis that forms the basis of this post: the author, Bjorn Lomborg is a gay vegan greenie who happens to think that the Green Taliban are ignorant loons. So wisdom comes from all sides.