Archive for March 28th, 2008

Offsetting Earth Hour

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this. On the one hand I don’t want to give Earth Hour any more publicity than it already has, however on the other hand I would like to publicise my plan for that hour of climate-change-alarmism induced insanity, and then there’s the fact that I haven’t written much this week and need to write something.

Anybody who has been reading this blog for a while would know of my stance on climate change…basically I think it is almost entirely natural, and I see Earth Hour as a rather strange stunt. For those of you who don’t know, Earth Hour is an event where people are invited to turn off all of their lights for an hour in a bid to save energy (and theoretically cut down on the amount of greenhouse gases produced) and raise awareness of energy use and the theory of man-made global warming.

My plan for that hour (8pm to 9pm tomorrow) is to turn on all of my lights in an effort to offset the people who are turning off their lights. I may also decide to use other appliances such as the kettle or the washing machine during this hour…anything I wouldn’t normally use during that hour. I would like to invite you to join me, either turn on all of your lights or perhaps go for an unnecessary drive (with the price of petrol at the moment, that one could be a bit too expensive), or just use electricity that you wouldn’t normally use during that hour.

Update: Knowing that I wouldn’t be the only person with this idea, I did a Google search for “against earth hour” and found the blog of Samantha Burns who has this rather useful list of appliances that you could turn on during Earth Hour if you want to help offset the madness:

-all household lights
-air conditioner
-heater
-automobiles (your ride)
-automobile headlights
-washer
-dryer
-dishwasher
-stove/oven
-put on oven’s self-cleaning cycle
-microwave
-any/all kitchen appliances
-television
-dvd player
-game system
-stereo
-and any other electrical equipment you can think of

I’m struggling to think of more appliances…anybody have any suggestions?
End Update

The really good thing is that because most people (anecdotally at least) don’t have any more than a quarter of their household lights on at any given time, one household turning on their lights can offset at least four households turning off their lights.

I’m looking forward to turning on all of my lights, who wants to join me?

Samuel

9 comments March 28th, 2008 at 07:45pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips

I have a half-finished post about my results from last weekend. I’ll complete it eventually. In the meantime.

AFL Round 2
Lions v Magpies
Demons v Bulldogs
Crows v Eagles
Dockers v Hawks
Saints v Blues
Swans v Power
Cats v Bombers
Tigers v Kangaroos

NRL Round 3
Eels v Knights
Broncos v Cowboys
Roosters v Storm
Raiders v Dragons
Titans v Sharks
Panthers v Rabbitohs
Bulldogs v Tigers
Sea Eagles v Warriors

Samuel

March 28th, 2008 at 07:22pm


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