IS EARTH HOUR JUST ANOTHER GIMMICK?

Tonight we are being urged to turn off our lights between 8 and 9 p.m. (Is it allowed to leave on the TV to watch the Canadiens-Toronto game?) Even the lights on the cross on Mount Royal are to be turned off.

The purpose, we are told, is to save electricity, cut greenhouse gases and spark dialogue about other ways we can act to save the planet.

Presumably the electricity saved and the gases cut will be miniscule. And how much will come of floundering around in the dark discussing the salvation of the planet.

Is the real reason for this exercise to assuage our guilt about wrecking the planet without its costing us anything? And at 9 o’clock sharp we’ll all be back to normal. If our country’s government has no environmental policies why should our country’s citizens get themselves in a sweat about greenhouse gases?

Or do you see Earth Hour as a real opportunity to help save the planet?

Do you plan to observe Earth Hour tonight?

I have a friend who is planning a candle-light party.

Have you got any special activity planned for that hour?

18 Comments »

  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Yes, I plan to observe Earth Hour tonight…by taking an unnecessary joy ride in my car and burn as much CO2 as I can.

    Tomorrow night the greatest huckster of the 21st century, Al Gore, will be on “60 Minutes” to tell us that denying catastrophic man-made global warming is akin to saying the Earth is flat.

    This from the man who insists that “the debate over global warming is over”.

    Well, one thing I know: when someone insists upon telling you that the debate on a particular subject is over, it is FAR from over.

    Look, pollution stinks and we should do everything we can to get rid of the horrible smog that hangs over our urban areas. But other than that, CO2 can be a good thing; it helps plants to grow. Plus, there is much evidence that we have been in a mini cooling period for the past 10 years (you folks freezing your buts off up in Montreal can attest to that). So global warming, if anything, should be encouraged.

    But all this is moot anyway.

    Why? Because of a little something called “Lunar Helium Three” which the Japanese, Russians, Chinese, Indians, and Europeans are in a race, as we speak, to obtain, exploit, and bring back down to our little blue ball called Earth. This will answer not only all of the planet’s energy problems but all of the imagined global warming fears that the swindlers have sold us on as well. You can believe Gore, Suzuki, et al’s Chicken Little poop all you want and still support the exploitation of helium three with the rest of us unbelieving evil Capitalists.

    Helium Three is the only material known to man that can be used in the Nuclear Fusion process meaning that if we can get our hands on it we will have 100% non-polluting free and continual energy for each and every one of the 6 billion inhabitants of Earth.

    The moon — which, unlike the Earth, doesn’t have an atmosphere and therefore absorbs helium three as it is emitted from the Sun — has enough helium three to supply ALL of Earth’s energy needs for at least the next 1,000 years.

    My only complaint is that I haven’t heard a peep about Lunar Helium Three from any of the remaining presidential candidates. Sadly, the USA seems to be missing the bus.

  2. 2

    Sounds like a symbolic act to me.

  3. 3
    Cate McB Says:

    Well, in my neck of the woods in the Intensive Care Unit between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight, I expect it will be business as usual with hydro-electric and other kinds of power keeping the vast majority of our patients “alive” and keeping us -the staff – awake enough to take care of both patients and machines.

    Is it possible to have “green” critical care? or environmentally friendly end-of-life decisions? These are questions of affluence to which most people in the “developing” world could not even relate. For me, that’s where the discussion should start. Turning “lights” on for those who have never had “light” makes a lot more sense to me.

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I totally agree with Cate.

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    Chimera Says:

    I’m on side with Gore, Suzuki (well, most of the time, anyway), and others who try to educate people about global warming — but I do wish they’d stop calling it that, because it confuses people like Tony, who think that it means everything gets warmer all the time and stays that way without the pendulum’s swinging back in the other direction for the more drastic cooling effects that are actually a part of the phenomenon.

    But this little one-hour recess is a gimmick. It’s a symbolic demonstration that people will take part in — and more power to them if they decide to do so — that will end up having zero effect on policy or on other peoples’ opinions. When it’s over, nothing will have been accomplished. People will brag about how they “participated” in Lights Out. Others will snicker at the effort. Business as usual.

    So, what will I be doing for that hour? I’ll be on the computer, pulling information about Lunar Helium Three. I’ve never heard of it, and it looks like something I need to know about. Thanks, Tony.

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I looked over that helium three business. The cost of importing it from the moon is prohibitive. Any earthly measures to combat the accelaration of natural phenomenons caused by human activities is nothing compared to it. At any rate it is a very far distant possibility and the technology to harness it is at such an experimental stage that it would be unrealistic to wait for that and do nothing in the interval.
    Maybe Al Gore lays it on a bit thick…but negating the phenomenon is no better. Somewhere in between are people who lower their energy consumption, use collective transportation when convenient, recycle and make as little rubbish as possible.
    By the way I guess some avid capitalist is ready to pounce on helium three and make a bundle with it. Could haliburton or Exxon be not far away.

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    Cornelius T. Zen Says:

    Good day. The sun provides all the energy we could ever want, in the form of wind power, tidal power, solar power, even geothermal power. It’s all there, for a mere fraction of the cost of bringing Helium 3 back from the moon. We do not lack power, we lack the will to harness it correctly.
    Nuclear fusion carries much the same risks as nuclear fission. The energy spent on actually achieving a working fusion reaction, and containing it, factoring in efficiencies of current technologies, would probably be greater than the energy derived from the reaction.
    One despairs at flights of fancy, when what makes good common sense is at one’s fingertips. Man is not a rational creature; he is a rationalizing creature.
    Perhaps one day…just not here…CT Zen

  8. 8

    CT Zen-

    An interesting comment. Thanks. Neil

  9. 9
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Okay, you folks don’t buy into the whole Lunar Helium Three.

    Then try this on for size: Plug-in hybrids.

    The technology is here today and they get the equivalent of 150+ miles per gallon (and that’s an American gallon).

    Note: this is NOT a hybrid but a hybrid with a plug-in battery with the capacity of about 80 miles on one over-night charge. You plug it in to your own electric outlet at home while you sleep…takes about 6-8 hours to fully charge.

    About 80% of all drivers drive 50 miles a day or less. That means that for that 80%, they can plug their cars in and drive electric 365 days per year. For the other 20%, the first 80 miles they drive a day will be 100% electric and then they can switch over to hybrid which will be part electric and part gasoline.

    The electricity distribution and generating systems are already in place so new lines and distribution networks and election plants don’t have to be built (as would be the case with hydrogen powered cars). Even if carbon-based fuels, such as coal, are used to create the additional electricity, the release into the atmosphere of the CO2 is a fraction if it is done by the power plant rather than by a car burning gasoline.

    The Toyota Prius can already be converted to plug-in and private garages are already doing it in California, although at a prohibitive cost. Production models should be available through Toyota in a few years. The Dodge Volt will be coming out next year.

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    Chimera Says:

    Okay, I did some reading on Helium Three. And I have a question: Are those people outa their minds?

    Never mind the cost — which is literally astronomical; what about the danger? What is it about the human species that we feel the need to perform impossible, death-defying stunts in an effort to prove that we’re unkillable? Collective schmucks.

    Cornelius has it (and hello to you, clear thinker) — we have everything we need in the form of solar power.

    There is, of course, a problem with solar power: it’s FREE. Nobody can own the sun, so nobody can charge money for its use. That goes against all the economy-based “free”-enterprise thought processes in our so-called civilization. Solar power would eliminate the need for governing bodies that charge us money to be able to see at night, cook our food, run our errands, and generally progress as a civilization.

    The initial installation of solar power panels and storage batteries is right now a little more expensive than our current, polluting fuels. But the cost goes down dramatically per unit if whole communities are built for it. And the cost per person becomes negligible over time, even with maintenance fees. The fuel itself is FREE. And CLEAN.

    And that goes against market economies, creates big holes in bureaucracies, and eliminates jobs in the energy sector. Oh, boo hoo. Those are the only jobs in town? We don’t want to get free of interfering bureaucrats with their license fees and tiresome regulations?

    Tony: Skip the hybrid process. Go directly to solar power.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    If solar power was economically feasible, we’d have it by now.

  12. 12
    Chimera Says:

    Tony, think.

    We already have solar power capabilities. But big business has no way to control it and dole it out in exchange for money. It can’t be regulated and controlled. It’s so economically feasible that no one can make any money from it.

    That’s why we don’t have more of it.

  13. 13
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Chimera:

    May I respectfully suggest that you reconsider your stand on solar power. I have no problem with it if that is what people freely choose as their mode of generating electricity. But to impose this upon people — particularly THIRD WORLD PEOPLE — is criminal.

    Let me repeat: CRIMINAL.

    You are putting the poorest of the poor in a position of poverty, early death, and great suffering. Africans can best progress by exploiting their oil and other carbon-based resources without the West imposing the kind of strict standards that Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenneger want to put on them (as they jet around the world on their private jets and live in luxury in huge mansions).

    Please take a look at the following 8-minute clip from “The Great Global Warming Swindle (Part 8):

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/2ew8dq

  14. 14
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Chimera:

    Big business would be the first ones to sneak in the door if there was a way to make money off of solar power.

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    Cornelius T. Zen Says:

    Good day, Anthony! Carbon dioxide does not discriminate. No matter its origin, ANY output of CO2 will affect the overall concentration in the closed system we call Spaceship Earth, especially with the demise of forests throughout the world. That would, and has affected global climate patterns.
    Regarding solar power: Big business has a simple philosophy: “How much can we get away with, right now, and for how long?” Solar power would take longer to realize profit, and for that reason, if none other, Big Business cannot be bothered.
    Regarding the “developing” nations: I take it that it is our responsibility to let them commit the same errors of short-sighted environmental exploitation that we in the West have gone through. One is smart to learn from one’s own mistakes; one is wise to learn from the mistakes of others. Can the world afford the indulgence of white liberal guilt for long?
    We know what to do, and how to do it. We choose not to do it.
    Genius has its limits; stupidity has no such problem. CTZen

  16. 16
    Chimera Says:

    “Big business would be the first ones to sneak in the door if there was a way to make money off of solar power.”

    Tony, you’re not getting it.

    Big business cannot make money from solar power because it is freely available to all, and they can’t restrict its use to only those who can pay for it.

    Nobody has to pay for it. Including those third world countries you’re so concerned about.

    Let me repeat: IT’S FREE!

    And if you are really concerned with the social progress of African countries, go bother the Catholic church for its stand on its refusal to allow condoms to protect them from STDs and birth control to protect them from rampant population explosion that they cannot afford. Get the so-called missionaries to back off their food-for-prayer program. Have the religious groups stop treating them like errant children and start treating them like the human beings they are, with all the entitlements that go with: the rights not to be talked down to, patronized, exploited, lectured on their “morality,” and self-determination. Like everyone else, they need to grow. They don’t need for someone else to prop them up and then take payment from them in the form of the lives of their children’s children’s children.

  17. 17

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