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March 31, 2009

Quote of the Day: Earth Hour Revisited

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 11:41 am

Let me break it down for you. People don’t want to sit in the dark for an hour in 2009. Period.

I am all in favor of efforts to promote the health of the environment. I will pay higher taxes on fossil fuels. I will support investment in green technologies. I will support investments in biofuels and alternative energy. I will support higher CAFE standards and substantial investments in mass transit. I will support efforts to protect endangered species, wetlands, and to preserve pristine tracts of land. I will reside in an eco-friendly abode as soon as it is economically feasible. I recycle. I use reusable bags when I shop. I will carpool. I’ll do all of that, and I am sure I will do more.

But I’m not going to sit in the damned dark for an hour. That is just silly.

John Cole, Balloon Juice

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11 Comments »

  1. Cathedral Square looked like a gas, actually…Clearly some people did want to sit in the dark.

    Comment by StephenR — March 31, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  2. I was impressed that people managed to find carbon-free candles for the event.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 31, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  3. CF, lol indeed. Maybe it works out ‘better’, who knows?

    Comment by StephenR — March 31, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  4. Parrafin wax is a by-product of crude, apparently, so yeah – really inefficient use of fossil fuels. The only pro is that a candle gives off so much less light (hence, perhaps, energy); I imagine it would be possible to burn a candle for an hour and still be ahead of the carbon component of the power for an incandescent lightbulb but I wouldn’t know.

    I would have more sympathy with tallow but it would still be better to burn it than not. If it was wood you were burning it kind of depends how you do your accounting and what your source is.

    I saw some compact florescent par blubs (like they use in those cheap stage lights). One hopes they were using those at the Chch show.

    It take it everybody saw Keith Ng‘s comments?

    Comment by lyndon — March 31, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  5. Cathedral Square looked like a gas, actually…

    Yes. I wonder if anyone totaled up the power usage of the live band vs the power usage of the cathedral’s lights.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — March 31, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  6. “it kind of depends how you do your accounting”

    Well, if you are breathing and not planeting trees then you are killing the planet.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 31, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  7. Well, if you are breathing and not planeting trees then you are killing the planet.

    You sound religious. Let me recommend a church that fits with those beliefs.

    Comment by George Darroch — March 31, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  8. George, why did you not tell us of these people before now?

    Comment by Paul Litterick — April 1, 2009 @ 12:41 am

  9. Keith Ng says “Similarly, we *could* spend hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading our transmission lines and our generation capacity. But it’s stupid to do so when we could first make substantial savings by banning inefficient lightbulbs and with more energy efficiency building standards at a fraction of the cost.”

    That would work well… if houses were like cars and the “national fleet” gets replaced 1.67 times in each decade.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — April 1, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  10. I knew Earth Hour was damned here in Auckland when I realised it coincided with the Warriors taking on the Broncos at Mt Smart.

    Comment by Bearhunter — April 2, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  11. George Marshall, writing in the Guardian, considers Earth Hour sends the wrong message.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2009/mar/27/climate-change-carbon-emissions

    Comment by Mr February — April 2, 2009 @ 10:51 pm


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