Saturday, March 28, 2009

Turn On Your Porch Light

Tonight is Earth Hour. Between 8:30pm and 9:30pm (for the Liberals, the big hand is on the six and ... oh, what's the use?) we, the people of Earth, are all being asked to turn off all of our electric lights, televisions, radios, computers, refrigerators and freezers, heart monitors, artificial breathing machines, traffic lights, street lights, and SETI transmitter/receivers that are searching for intelligent life in the universe that is so plainly evident as non-existent on this planet.

For a period of one hour, we can sit in darkness, afraid of the night sounds, as our ancestors in caves did thousands of years ago before some entrepreneurial proto-Republican decided enough was enough and ran out and brought in the burning tree limb struck by lightening in order to protect his family and get a hot meal for a change. Damned Liberal cavemen with their silly superstitions about boogeymen in the dark and charred meat causing cancer.

Or, as many participants will do, we can light some candles to set the mood. The CS Monitor reports that the Earth Hour website is brimming with announcements
"... from New Zealand to Hong Kong to Serbia – of restaurants hosting candlelit dinners and clubs holding candlelit acoustic concerts, along with lots of tips on what to do at home during the electricity-free hour, which includes taking a candlelit bath or playing board games by candlelight."
These announcements and suggestions are very nice and may cause many to feel good about themselves. But, they also raise some questions: How will all those restaurant meals be prepared without electricity or gas? How will the patrons pay for the meal without electricity to request credit card verification? How is the bather supposed to get the hot water for the candlelit bubble bath? Indeed, how will the water, hot or cold, be delivered to the bathtub without the electric water pump? The acoustic concert is fine, but one can only sing "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" and "Kumbaya" so many times before wanting to stick a wet finger in an electrical outlet lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree which would kind of defeat the purpose of Earth Hour on so many levels, so what's the point of that?

Then there's the question of all those burning candles. It's doubtful even a minority of environazis will spring for the expensive beeswax candles that release recently sequestered carbon so are arguably carbon neutral. Rather, most enviros will go for the more economical paraffin candles made of processed black gold, Texas tea, petroleum ...oil. Now that can't be good for planet Earth or the whole Earth Hour con. It's certainly good for the candle makers and those candle shops in electrically powered malls with the truly horrid odor of dozens of candle scents emanating from within that is nothing less than an all out assault on the environment the Earth Hour is claiming to protect.

Did you know that burning one paraffin candle for one hour will release 10 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere? After last years Earth Hour, Australian blogger and smart guy, Enoch the Red, figured that replacing a 40 watt incandescent light bulb with the equivalent lumens of paraffin candle power, the candles would release almost 10 times the carbon dioxide that politicians and Global Warmists now say is a pollutant, nevermind that life on this planet cannot exist without CO2. That is 10g X 10 = 100g of CO2 released by 40 candles burning in place of one 40 watt electric light bulb.

"... for every candle that is burned to replace electric lighting during Earth Hour, greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the one hour are increased by 9.6 g of carbon dioxide.

If the light output from a 40 W light bulb was to be completely replaced by candles, this will lead to the emission of an extra 295 grams of carbon dioxide per over simply using the electric lights - if the equivalent of one thousand 40 W bulbs are replaced by candles, that’s an extra 295 kilograms of emitted."
Of course, it's different if the incandescent bulbs are replaced with CFLs, but even that will vary by locale. A California CFL powered for one hour will contribute 5g of CO2 while a Kansas CFL will contribute 13g. California has stricter controls on CFLs and electricity use. The problem is that even environazis object to the harsh light of a CFL and that it can't be dimmed like an old fashioned incandescent that mimics the light of the open fire that comforted our ancient ancestors in the caves, so it's hard to say how many of those people actually have CFLs. For the record, I've replaced all but one incandescent with CFL bulbs and not to save Earth mind you. Rather, they cut my electric bill in half.

Canada Free Press columnist, Alan Caruba, writes that

We will all be treated to the idiotic sight of a darkened Empire State Building and other similar structures around the world such as the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas strip, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the London Eye Ferris wheel, and the Pyramids of Egypt.
That's ridiculous when you think about it. The night will be too dark to see any of those darkened structures. People will be wandering around, bumping into pyramids and towers, and bridges all over the world as they grope their way to the darkened restaurants to have their candle lit dinners prepared apparently hours before the power goes out thus saving nary a single planet from probable destruction from the Great CO2 Menace hiding in the light. Who would have thought mankind would have come so far from fearing the dark to fearing the light?

Of course, the Earth Organizers know all of this. The hour of no-power is more a publicity stunt than anything. It's pure symbolism because it certainly doesn't actually do anything. Exactly what it symbolises is elusive. We do know that for one hour participants feel good about themselves for having done something, even though they've done nothing at all beyond sitting in the dark patting each other on the back if they can find someone in the dark to pat on the back. I suppose that's got to count for something.

What it means to me is that for one hour tonight, I will have electricity to burn powering every electrical device I own without competition from the tree huggers who will return to their hypocritical energy intensive campaigning to save Earth, gain personal and group power, and make a lot of money doing it Monday morning when their electric alarm clocks awaken them to small bits of reality - their microwave ovens take too damned long heating their instant coffee and poptarts which are now indispensable because of the hectic work week and kids schedules made possible by electricity allowing everyone to stay up long past our bedtimes so we can have more time to spend with our families or work with that guy with the funny accent on the other side of the planet.

So, have your feel good hour of no-power tree huggers and environazis. As for me, like Motel 6, I'll leave the light on for ya.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

We are spending some time at our Vegas place and I am here to tell ya that the casino folks didn't get the message. The town was it's glorious spectacular nightime self. Don

Indigo Red said...

Wonderful, Don! The WWF is claiming an overwhelming success. Of the millions of cities, towns, villages, communities, and billions of electrified structures around the planet a whopping 4000 communities went dark and of those the majorities went dim.

Indigo Rose said...

I was flying from St. Louis, MO to Denver, CO to Reno, NV..... and even with a lot of cloud cover across the U.S., I can tell you, there were lots of lights on all over this country!

Indigo Red said...

Are your arms tired or did you use the broom?!!!

Louise said...


Glad to hear Earth Hour was a complete bomb.

Indigo Rose said...

Why, my broom, of course!!!
I should have remembered that old joke (sigh).
Kind of reminds me of the word play on Mary Poppins.... "I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith"... "what is the name of his other leg?"