Denying Power to the Poor: the Idolatry and Moral Bankruptcy of “Earth Hour”

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These boys get to ‘observe’ Earth Hour, 24 x 365,
and it’ll stay that way if “greens” get the chance.

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The so-called “Greens”, that have sought to overtake and destroy sensible energy policy around the Globe, are not just delusional, they’re dangerous.

Part of their perverse, human-hating ideology centres around demonizing electricity; and the only meaningful generation sources capable of providing it; ie, coal, gas, nuclear and hydro – yes, hydro – even though it’s safe as houses and doesn’t produce CO2 emissions, they hate that too, as part of their ‘NO DAMS‘ mantra.

Much of what they “stand” for can be reduced to infantile symbolism – a ‘quasi-religious-fanaticism’: the mindless worship of “eco-crucifixes” as James Delingpole calls them, is only one of the more obvious examples.

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Hepburn Wind Worshippers at the altar:
Let us give our thanks and praise (along with a non-refundable contribution – although we did think we might get some of it back?)

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Another is the “let’s shut the lights off for 60 minutes” guilt trip, known as “Earth Hour”.

The parallels between religious fanaticism and global warming hysteria are obvious enough: heretics are called “climate deniers” (although, we’ve yet to find anyone who actually denies the existence of the “climate”); people are rounded up and berated on Twitter, should they not “believe”; and the very act of “questioning” exposes the rational to rabid attacks that come straight from the Spanish Inquisition.

Public “acts”, like turning up to “observe” Earth Hour are not just opportunities for hipsters to Tweet selfies taken by candle-light on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

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Only 58 minutes of collective smugness to go.

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Oh no, this behaviour is an effort at collective “absolution”; with all that term connotes.

In the church of climate change, the anti-power prayer goes something like this:

“Yes, I have used electricity, but look at me. I am here to atone for that sin. I’m not like the others, I will not use power (except for what’s stored on my iphone) for a full 60 minutes. I will go forth and spread the word that those who fail to repent will burn in a climate change cataclysm. Power is evil and the work of climate denying devils. I believe I can change, and the world will change with me, and so too all those who believe.”

Having recited their little prayer of absolution, in 365 days, the ‘observant’ will return with their sect to feel the “collective-smug”; and seek atonement all over again.

But, in the meantime, as the Earth does another lap around the Sun, these boys and girls will happily chew as much cheap power as their mums and dads can afford. Not one of them will give the giant flat-screen TV the flick; or do away with their computers, lights, A/Cs, or any of the other comforts of modern life that depend on cheap, reliable power.

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No lights, no phones, no motor cars; not a single luxury. Full-time
Earth Hour observer, Gilligan, does the weekly-wash.

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What would be a real challenge – and proper test of their “faith” – is to pull off a full “Earth Year” – you know, a trip back to the stone age, with wood for heat and cooking; and candles for illumination – a bit like Gilligan’s Island, say.

That kind of “power-penance”, really would be worthy of note.

But don’t expect the Earth Hour observers’ self-flagellation to extend that far, any time soon.

No, this dogma is limited to childish gestures aimed at distinguishing themselves from the common herd: “I’m not like them, I hate fossil fuels, I observe Earth Hour, they’re guilty, not me. My work here is done.”

If the nonsense were limited to a once-a-year effort at 60 minutes of self (but not ‘selfie’) denial, there wouldn’t be much cause for comment, but the ideology that drives it is deeper and more insidious.

It’s part and parcel of an effort to build a sense of collective guilt, so that eco-fascists can obtain the public licence they need to control energy production; and, therefore, de-industrialize the world – their inevitable aim is to make power a luxury good, affordable only to them and their ilk: remember, that while we’re all ‘equal’, some are more ‘equal’ than others.

Witness their pious urgings for everyone to ‘divest’ from fossil fuels; the latest example being those creepy ads popping up about “Fossil Fuel Free Home Loans” – never mind that the home itself will probably be one made with bricks, that would have been little more than soggy lumps of clay, had they not been cooked solid in massive kilns at temps of 1,500C, using mountains of ‘climate destroying’ natural gas or propane.

The mania extends to pumping up the fiction that the world can obtain 100% of its electricity needs from wind and solar power.

The end result of the ‘Greens’ ludicrous push for 100% ‘renewables’, will be to prevent the poorest and most vulnerable in developed economies from ever affording power again; and to simply deny power to under-developed economies and the poorest on the planet, altogether.

And it’s that theme that’s picked by Professor Ross McKitrick in this insightful essay, he penned a little while back.

Earth Hour: A Dissent
Ross McKitrick

In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour. Here is my response.

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 labour 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.

I don’t want to go back to nature.

Travel to a zone hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes to see what it’s like to go back to nature. For humans, living in “nature” meant a short life span marked by violence, disease and ignorance. People who work for the end of poverty and relief from disease are fighting against nature.

I hope they leave their lights on.

Here in Ontario, through the use of pollution control technology and advanced engineering, our air quality has dramatically improved since the 1960s, despite the expansion of industry and the power supply.

If, after all this, we are going to take the view that the remaining air emissions outweigh all the benefits of electricity, and that we ought to be shamed into sitting in darkness for an hour, like naughty children who have been caught doing something bad, then we are setting up unspoiled nature as an absolute, transcendent ideal that obliterates all other ethical and humane obligations.

No thanks. I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something to be ashamed of.

Ross McKitrick
Professor of Economics
University of Guelph
[pdf available here]

Downwind - Ross McKitrick - Uni of Guelph (Time 0_06_00;22)

Ross McKitrick: Earth Hour is a dangerous, rich world vanity.

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Comments

  1. Jackie Rovenksy says:

    Ross McKitrick is absolutely right.

    No matter where you live, and what your circumstances, you should be able to access affordable and reliable supply of this important commodity.

    This can never happen if we rely on unreliable and uneconomical wind energy.

    Wind is a force of nature and it cannot be controlled.

    No matter how often the money grabbing despotic industry and its stupefied followers tell us we can.

    How do we know these turning monsters are not causing atmospheric problems as they churn and move winds from natural paths resulting in adverse changes.

    We know they are emitting noise/sensations which are making people ill. We know they destroy birds, bats and other creatures. We know they are changing the micro environment around where they are erected. We know they utilise masses of mined ore, and rare earth materials, as well as other commodities to construct them. So how can we believe these ideological sleeping beauties when they say we can rely on energy produced by wind, and continue to live a life dependent on electricity and being able to ‘deprive’ ourselves of minimal ‘luxuries’ once in a while to make us feel good?

    When will their Prince come to awaken them?

  2. Clearly Ross McKitrick understands the implications of “Earth Hour” and the “Greens” crazy 100% ‘renewables policy.

    North Koreans understand “earth hour” too, they live it 24 hours a day every day.

  3. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:

    A couple of songs came to my mind:
    Steve Taylor, Smug

    http://www.lyricsmania.com/smug_lyrics_steve_taylor.html

    And Petra’s Hollow Eyes

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/hollow-eyes-lyrics-petra.html

    We Westerners have so many problems because we have no real problems.

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