Hour of Power or Earth Hour: Light or Darkness

The Earth Hour movement is starting to fizzle out. I’ve heard that quite a few agencies that previously had reminded their staff of Earth Hour have not done so this year.

It really is nice of those Earth Hour folk to allocate only one hour a year to their nonsense. It means I only have to have maximum power consumption for one hour a year rather than 24/7/365.

Of course there is the inevitable Earth Hour pledge which allows one to win a weekend for two at the Great Barrier Reef. I wonder if the prize is carbon neutral?

The pledge is typical nonsense:

I believe Australia can and must help solve climate change and I want to be part of it

As if climate change can be ‘solved’. That’s hubris.

Cheap and plentiful energy – that’s one future. The alternative is darkness.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, and it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

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75 Responses to Hour of Power or Earth Hour: Light or Darkness

  1. OldOzzie

    All house lights, exterior spotlights, all pool pumps, blowers and 15Kw Spa Heater will be on during Earth Hour – what a load of garbage – Global Warming is a big con

  2. Squirrel

    When I first glanced at the heading for this thread, I had flashbacks to Bob Santamaria on black and white TV – but that, of course, was Point of View. Anyway, clever – and very apt – allusion, Samuel.

  3. Roberto

    We got a reminder from HR at work yesterday. The universal response in my area was rolled eyes and a swift delete.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    I believe Australia can and must help solve climate change[™] and I want to be part of it

    Yes. And in this aim I relentlessly raise the data and scientific publications which show that climate change is no special problem.

    I have solved it! Voilà! We only need to do nothing and the world will be saved!

    Of course those who drafted that piece of verbal sewage don’t mean quite what it actually says. Amazing how that is the case with the left.

  5. hammy

    If what you say about “Earth Hour” is true it just illustrates what an insular selfish lot Australians are.

    I am truly ashamed to be Australian.

  6. Carpe Jugulum

    Well done Hammy, champagne comedy.

    You never dissapoint.

  7. cohenite

    I didn’t know you were an Australian hammy.

  8. Anne

    New slogan:

    Time to shed some light on the AGW Scam!

  9. Anne

    You don’t have to be an Australian Gareth. Off you go…

    I hear Cuba is nice this time of year.

  10. Gibbo

    I’ll be at the footy, under the BIG lights.

  11. stackja

    Experienced environmental campaigner Anna Rose took the reins of Earth Hour Australia four months ago and admitted its message had been due for a refreshing.
    Earth Hour would become a year round social movement called Earth Action, Ms Rose said, with a training camp for 50 budding environmental activists planned for later in the year.
    Volunteers will use candles to spell out ”Lights out for the Reef” on the lawns of Parliament House at 6.30pm on Saturday.
    If it is rained out, the event will be moved to Haydon Allen Lecture Theatre at the ANU.
    Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/earth-hour-focuses-on-preventing-reef-madness-20140328-35ou7.html#ixzz2xJFykK46

  12. stackja

    Squirrel
    #1243826, posted on March 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm
    When I first glanced at the heading for this thread, I had flashbacks to Bob Santamaria on black and white TV – but that, of course, was Point of View. Anyway, clever – and very apt – allusion, Samuel.

    Hour of Power is the longest running one-hour weekly program on Australian commercial television. Every month thousands of people write to the Ministry requesting materials, supporting the work, requesting prayer or help in many different ways.

  13. Toiling Mass

    I am with Hammy.

    I too am ashamed he is Australian.

  14. stackja

    Anne
    #1243848, posted on March 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm
    You don’t have to be an Australian Gareth. Off you go…
    I hear Cuba is nice this time of year.

    And North Korea year round.

  15. Samuel J

    The problem with Hammy and his ilk is that they want AGW to be true. They cannot conceive they might be wrong. Well, Hammy, the evidence is in. The science of AGW is flawed and wrong.

  16. Darling Hammy.

    I am truly ashamed to be Australian.

    Off you go then, pet.

  17. incoherent rambler

    Earth Hour Ltd. (allegedly 1/3 owned by Fairfax)

    Could it be that we have a company that receives income by disseminating false and misleading information?

    I would be truly shocked if this was the case.

    As a footnote, I am also embarrassed that Hammy is Australian. +1 Toiling

  18. Hour of Power is what we used to call the weekly Holy Hour down at our local parish church.

    Which reminds me – the use candles raise a whole series of new moral questions for the New Earth Religion. Thankfully there are theologians on hand to answer all your questions.

    Heck, being a Catholic is heaps easier – and the stuff they ask you to believe is a lot less demanding than this shite.

  19. Gab

    Tim Blair:

    Earth Hour is now the Johnny No Mates of global climate activism, and we should pity it.

    I get the impression that it’s all too hard for the darkness acolytes to sustain their campaign.

  20. David

    I am truly ashamed to be Australian

    I think a lot of us agree with you Hammy. We are ashamed someone as obtuse as you is Australian. So as Phillipa said, “Off you go then”.

    I forgot about earth hour until my son rang me to remind me to turn all the lights on tonight. Gotta love it when your children grow up with a strong conservative and libertarian attitude.

  21. incoherent rambler

    Summary time:

    . Turn off the lights (there goes the education)
    . Don’t use electricity (or gas)
    . Don’t use hydrocarbon fuels
    . Don’t consume produce sourced from modern farming practices
    . Don’t eat sharks or tuna (fish have feeling too!)
    . Ignore any science sourced from (evil) corporations

    What a wonderful world the gangrenes have in store for us. No travel, no food, no internet, no books at night, no whisky, no wine, no medicine…

    Maybe skip the books completely they are made from almost pure Carbon!

  22. David

    the use [of] candles raise a whole series of new moral questions for the New Earth Religion

    Guess that depends on what they are using them for Phillipa.

  23. stackja

    Their ABC reports:

    Earth Hour attracting stronger support around the world, say organisers

    Their ABC also reports:

    Author Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, describes Earth Hour as “an ineffective feel-good event”. He says it does little for the climate in terms of reducing CO2 emissions and distracts from real problems.
    These include 3 billion people in developing countries, who burn traditional fuels indoors to keep warm and cook food because they do not have electricity.
    He says this creates noxious fumes which are linked to 4.3 million deaths each year, as reported by the World Health Organisation.

    Do candles indoors create noxious fumes?

  24. cuckoo

    Alas, the Victorian Public Service is still mandating this religious observance. But the reminder was so low-key this year that I forgot my customary set-up: a timer switch on my desk lamp set to the holy hour.

  25. Anne

    David
    #1243924, posted on March 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    the use [of] candles raise a whole series of new moral questions for the New Earth Religion

    Guess that depends on what they are using them for Phillipa.

    Wears the candle? Wears the candle!

  26. Zaphod

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
    And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
    And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
    And God saw the light, and it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

    hmmmm. Wondering how God created an earth in the dark. Didn’t He need elements, which are created in stars, so there MUST have been light. Typo, perhaps.

  27. Tel

    Wondering how God created an earth in the dark. Didn’t He need elements, which are created in stars, so there MUST have been light.

    Don’t mess with omnipotence, it’s serious shit, you come off second best.

  28. Anne

    Wears the candle? Wears the candle!

    The other Nun says: “yes, does doesn’t it.”

    Pfft, IT would’ve got that.

  29. Molly Molloy

    Erf Our : Power Points are Go…

  30. Armadillo

    Ian at MSN has done some math. Anyone want to check his workings?

    Dear Michael,

    About candles and the dioxide of carbon.

    I worked out the chemistry of it to find out how much CO2 is produced by a candle compared to that from an equivalent electric light bulb.

    Based on a paraffin wax candle which burns according to the equation:

    C25H52 + 38O2 –> 25CO2 + 26H2O Mol.wt. of C25H52 = (25×12)+(52×1) = 352 Mol.wt. of CO2 = (1×12)+(2×16) = 44 So 352g of wax yeilds (25×44) = 1100g of CO2

    A household candle of 50g will burn for about 4 hours, so 1 hour will burn 12.5g of candle,and produce 12.5/352 x 1100 = 39g of CO2 per hour.

    Coal burning power stations produce from about 0.8g to 1.35g of CO2 per Watt hour of generated power.

    If a 5 Watt bulb (night light) is taken as being equivalent to a candle, and assuming 1g per Watt hour as the CO2 produced by the power station, the 5 Watt bulb will produce only 5g of CO2 per hour, which is about 1/8th of the CO2 output of the candle.

    Obviously all candles should be burnt immediately to save the planet.

    Regards: Ian Macmillan

  31. stackja

    manalive
    #1244064, posted on March 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    Every hour is Earth Hour for about one third of the world population.

    And probably according to Earth Hourists the about one third of the world population should not complain and upset Earth Hourists.

  32. jupes

    Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise still believe. This morning amongst other lies they repeated this pathetic propaganda:

    A recent study by leading reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a professor of marine science at the University of Queensland found that in the past 30 years, 50.7% of the coral on the reef has died as a result of climate change.

    These idiots are doubling down on the stupid. The sad thing is that liars like OH-G get away with this shit. In a rational world he would have lost his job and be a figure of ridicule. Yet Bolta is the only MSM journo who calls the dickhead out on this.

    Sad.

  33. stackja

    Liberty Quotes
    Capitalism is essentially a system of mass production for the satisfaction of the needs of the masses. It pours a horn of plenty upon the common man. It has raised the average standard of living to a height never dreamed of in earlier ages. It has made accessible to millions of people enjoyments which a few generations ago were only within the reach of a small elite.
    — Ludwig von Mises

    The small elite want to return to few generations ago.

  34. stackja

    jupes
    #1244076, posted on March 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Liberty Quotes
    No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
    — Robert Heinlein

  35. Tel

    The small elite want to return to few generations ago.

    Difficult to please everybody.

  36. stackja

    Tel
    #1244130, posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    The small elite want to return to few generations ago.
    Difficult to please everybody.

    But the small elite insist on being pleased!

  37. Combine_Dave

    Turning off all liggts for a period of time seems pretty good symbolism for the greens anti-tech agenda.

    I mean just check out these quotes;

    “If you ask me, it’d be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy because of what we would do with it.”     —Amory Lovins, environmentalist, Mother Earth News, Nov.-Dec. 1977

    “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”     —Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and Dr. John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, 1970, p. 323

    “The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.”     —Jeremy Rifkin, environmentalist, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 1989

    Modern man’s prosperity is built on technological advancements largely dependent on cheap electricity/power.
    Why woukd the greens and fellow travellers seek to end this? I mean if we were poorer why would we bother to even care for the environmnet the way we do?

  38. Combine_Dave

    But the small elite insist on being pleased!

    It’s not enough to be pleased but to be pleased and to see other’s pleasure curtailed :D

  39. stackja

    Combine_Dave
    #1244142, posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm
    But the small elite insist on being pleased!
    It’s not enough to be pleased but to be pleased and to see other’s pleasure curtailed.

    Especially the great unwashed!

  40. Des Deskperson

    “..If it is rained out, the event will be moved to Haydon Allen Lecture Theatre at the ANU.”

    According to the ANU website, ‘Teaching and Learning spaces at ANU are available for hire as conference, meeting and workshop venues when not booked for lectures, tutorials, or other scholarly events’.

    Will Earth Hour Australia be charged the standard rates for use of this space should it be needed (as seems likely, given the weather at 1645 in Weston Creek)?

    Ms Rose used to work at ANU (coincidentally convenient while her husband was campaigning for an ACT Senate seat). One trusts she hasn’t used her contacts to get some sort of mates deal for use of this taxpayer provided facility.

  41. Combine_Dave

    Des,
    I would not be surprised if use of those facilities were provided for free.

  42. I would not be surprised if use of those facilities were provided for free.

    Yeah, it’s going to be dark & sweaty inside there. Who’s going to pay the power bill, for the lights & the air con?

  43. Linden

    Apparently the good lord said let there be light, and you could see for miles, and then the good lord said let there be darkness, and blow me down you couldn’t see a bloody thing!

  44. johanna

    Heh, it is currently bucketing down at my place in Canberra (4k from Parly House). Even if they do get a break in the weather, the ground will be very soggy.

    Oh, and if they do go to the Haydon-Allan lecture theatre, they’d better not light any candles in there. That is definitely against fire regulations. So either they can sit in pitch darkness or, you know, turn on the lights like normal people.

  45. Linden

    hey didn’t they have some thing recently where they all stayed up all night in Melbourne and keep all the lights on all night, go figure?

  46. Tom

    ABC News provides free promotional advertising for one of Fairfax’s business units:

    ABC NewsVerified account
    ‏@abcnews Will you be switching off for #EarthHour this evening? If you are, share your photos with us. Tag @abcnews or upload: http://ab.co/IjkQc

  47. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    I dunno, the whole hour of no power fakery feel-good preening posuer schtick just reminds me of a line in Frank Zappa’s very amusing classic ‘Ballad of Bobby Brown’ . That our very own greenfilther Bobby Brown supported it just makes it funnier.

    I can take about an hour on the tower of hour sans power
    Long as I gets a little golden shower.

    Frank Z sure wrote some brilliant songs…

  48. Pete of Perth

    I have left the lights on in my lab for the entire weekend. This is in violation of the plea from our “sustainable” department posters above our urinals.

  49. Pete of Perth

    Hopefully the abc will turn their power off for 1 hour.

  50. Baldrick

    hey didn’t they have some thing recently where they all stayed up all night in Melbourne and keep all the lights on all night, go figure?

    Yeah, it’s called New Year! ;)

  51. Roberto

    What a great suggestion! Yes, all of the ABC’s generators and transmitters could be turned off. That would demonstrate true commitment to the cause.

  52. GC

    Tokenistic bullshit – just told my entire family to turn all the lights on.

    According to FJX annual report 2013 They still own 33% f Earth Hour Ltd.
    That said, try to find anything in the SMH promoting go it. No wonder they’re going broke as clearly dickheads run the place.

  53. GC

    Tokenistic bullshit – just told my entire family to turn all the lights on.

    According to FJX annual report 2013 They still own 33% of Earth Hour Ltd (page 80).
    That said, try to find anything in the SMH promoting it. No wonder they’re going broke as clearly dickheads run the place.

  54. GC

    There’s an echo in here … Sorry just wanted to add page 80.

  55. David

    Apparently the good lord said let there be light, and you could see for miles, and then the good lord said let there be darkness, and blow me down you couldn’t see a bloody thing!

    Wrong way round Linden. It is because he couldn’t see a bloody thing that the order for there being light was promulgated.

    Love the prose of the King James version. So much more evocative than the original Hebrew [sorry Rabbi but it really is more evocative - Promise I'll make up for it some other way]

    Kol tuv.

  56. nerblnob

    I am truly ashamed to be Australian

    +1

    I’m ashamed you’re Australian too.

    Nobody I know in Europe has even heard of Earth Hour despite the shameless PR claiming it’s a growing movement.

    “Growing” appears to be PR speak for “tiny” .

  57. JohnA

    Zaphod
    #1243965, posted on March 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    hmmmm. Wondering how God created an earth in the dark. Didn’t He need elements, which are created in stars, so there MUST have been light. Typo, perhaps.

    No typo. God is simply all-powerful and created ex nihilo.

    Alternatively: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)

    Zaphod, this universe was not made for you. You are NOT the most important person in it, and therefore you would not survive the real Total Perspective Vortex. I’m not sure that even The Doctor would survive it.

  58. Andrew

    One of the most funny Earth Hour memes I have seen tonight

    http://tinypic.com/r/24pza6x/8

  59. Go on, greenies, turn yer freezers off.

    “The world is flat”
    “Invention is the devil’s work”
    “Turning the lights off for an hour will save the planet”

    Yeah, turning off the lowest usage power source will make all the difference. When people in the public service start proclaiming its crap, you know the game is up. Good riddance.

  60. James of the Glen

    Driving from a regional centre tonight it was obvious many households had turned on every available outside light; it was a veritable blaze of lights akin to Christmas. The message was unmistakable: the scam is finished.

    Sort of a higher IQ indicator and a statement of scientific literacy in residence.

    There’ll be reports tomorrow of sad candle-ignited home conflagrations as the hamsters of this world warm up the good ol’ Barrier Reef with lots of flaming synthetics and Gore DVDs. Oh, the crystals!

  61. Zaphod

    JohnA

    No typo. God is simply all-powerful and created ex nihilo.
    Alternatively: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)

    Zaphod, this universe was not made for you.

    Wasn’t it made so God could have a relationship with one species of primate ?
    Lucky us.

  62. Divus Tiberius

    Whether Climate Change is real or not is irrelevant. Due to the emergence of the Chinese and Indian middle class, we will be forced to find ways to be more sustainable with the earth’s limited resources.

  63. JohnA

    No Zaphod, we are not merely a lucky species of primate.

    We are purpose-built as spiritual beings, made for relationship with God.

  64. Sean

    Havent the evil libs have shut down industry by not propping up businesses hampered by the carbon price?

    More ‘local’ emissions avoided there than feel good greenwash is going to achieve.

  65. Up The Workers!

    The Brown Movement want people to ditch electricity, in favour of lighting by candles.

    The A.L.P.’s Stephen Conjob, 45 years AFTER the invention of the mobile phone, invents the non-mobile, LANDLINE phone (160 years after Alexander Graham Bell did the same thing). Conjob also invented Peter Fitzsimons’ peculiar headgear, but that’s another story!

    The A.L.P.’s former Federal President, Mike Williamson, wants people to give up private property and, like him, live communally in luxury Labor prison resorts with food, accommodation, swimming pools, billiard tables, gymnasiums, movies, computers, and activities all provided by generous taxpayers, and $20 million in stolen cash waiting for you when you get out!

    How was the shower this morning Mike? Hope you kept hold of that bar of soap.

  66. Roberto

    Earth Hour has come and gone and this morning’s paper is flogging Vivid, the week long festival when all the lights in the Sydney CBD are turned on to provide a spectacle to the masses.

    The irony is delicious.

  67. Combine_Dave

    No Zaphod, we are not merely a lucky species of primate.

    We are purpose-built as spiritual beings, made for relationship with god, Allah, Buddah-Sabba, Flying Spag Monster[insert preffered religious fantasy]

    FIFY.

  68. dover_beach

    god, Allah, Buddah-Sabba, Flying Spag Monster[insert preffered religious fantasy]

    You guys really can’t help yourselves can you?

  69. Paridell

    Last year, SBS sent all staff an email on Earth Hour observance that clearly originated with the Labor government:

    Earth Hour participation – Thank you

    messagestick
    Fri 22/03/2013 16:29

    Hi all
    It’s that time of the year again, where we can all do our little bit and ‘Switch off our Lights’ for ONE hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tomorrow night.

    Corporate Services will be switching off our external lights. If you are working on Saturday and would like to turn off any non-essential lights just be careful you do not affect anyone else who is working.

    The Australian Government is participating in Earth Hour 2013

    Remember to “Switch off your Lights” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday 23 March 2013

    * Ensure all non-essential lighting, including motion sensor lighting on offices and the exterior of buildings are switched off prior to 8.30pm and during Earth Hour.
    * Ensure that all security personnel are aware of the event and equipped with torches
    * Encourage all staff to turn off all non-essential lights and computers and unplug all appliances and equipment in office areas at close of business Friday 22 March 2013
    * Please forward this information to your agency’s security/facilities managers

    THANK YOU – 100 per cent of Australian Government agencies that report their energy have agreed to participate in Earth Hour this year.

    The Australian Government has already switched to renewables with the purchase of GreenPower.

    To visit the external website hosting this NGO event go to http://www.earthhour.org.au

    Messagestick – bringing you information that you need to know.

    But this year — nothing!

  70. Cold-Hands

    they all stayed up all night in Melbourne and keep all the lights on all night

    White Night in Melbourne.
    Looks like it may become an annual event.

  71. cohenite

    Earth hour; misanthropic Ludditism. I have a feeling the misery-gutses behind all the atrocities of AGW such as this collective wank are going to get away scot free.

  72. nerblnob

    Run by the sort of people who want you to unplug your mobile device chargers but think plug-in electric cars are great and want free wi-fi wherever they go..

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