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The Vacuity of “Earth Hour”

The very concept of “Earth Hour” is an sterling example of “Stupidity on Display.”  It accomplishes nothing but to soothe the misguided conscience of progressives who mistakenly think it makes a difference.  The objective data to support such a conclusion is decisively lacking.  But this year, perhaps the most effective indictment of “Earth Hour” came from Ross McKitrick, Economics professor, writing in the Vancouver Sun with some historical facts the Earth Hour proponents don’t want you thinking about (emphases added):

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity. Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labor and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water. Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases. Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.

The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity. People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off there too.

Indeed, and Amen!

(HT:  GreenWatchAmerica)

Remember North Korea, where every day is Earth Hour!

  1. Mrs. AL
    4 Apr 2011 at 9:24 AM

    The Ross McKitrick comments are quite simply … simple and to the point. While they aren’t anything a thinking person does not already know, I guess you have to be a professor, elected official or something to be taken seriously. How pathetic in this day and age of endless education available on the internet to anyone who cares to study and research.

    Really liked this post, Interface! Thanx. Have bookmarked your page for future reference.

  2. Mrs. AL
    4 Apr 2011 at 9:25 AM

    P.S. what’s with the face next to my name. True, it sorta looks like me but who assigned it? LOL

  3. 6 Apr 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Thanks for your comments, Mrs. AL. The “face” next to your name is a WordPress generated avator of the particular type I chose for my blog. You get one if you don’t have a WordPress account or if you have one but haven’t logged on to make your comment. Clear as mud?

    • Mrs. AL
      7 Apr 2011 at 5:20 AM

      Ah yep — clear as mud. Am considering coming to WP to put up a blog. Do you recommend it? I have thought about paying for a site but hesitate, given they use WP based whatever. Your thoughts?

  4. 7 Apr 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Mrs. AL, I would recommend going for the WordPress.com version that is free (rather than the WordPress.org version that requires $$$ and a little more design savvy), unless you have professional reasons for spending the $$$. This is just a hobby for me, and WordPress.com has a large variety of features that causes me to move from my Townhall.com blog to here. Those details may be found here:

    • Mrs. AL
      8 Apr 2011 at 5:43 AM

      Actually I was thinking about Webhosting.com (sp). I am not, repeat not ‘puter literate by any stretch of the imagination. Thanx for the info, Interface.

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