“EARTH HOUR” ABBREVIATED IS “EH”

Canadians would buy leprosy if someone told them it was good for the environment. They’re even worse than Australians:

For some reason the entire country has gone a bit crazy over Earth Hour. Earlier this week more people had signed up for it online in Canada than in the entire United States, with ten times the population. The US has slipped ahead by a few thousand right now, but in Canada one in 606 citizens is on board; in the US it is one in 5,347.

Problem for those unlit Canadians – there’s a big hockey game:

It’s just highly unlikely Leaf Nation and Habs fans will turn off their televisions one period into Hockey Night in Canada.

Montreal would have to score five goals in 20 minutes for it to have a hope in Hades – and the environmental footprint of replacing thousands of televisions thrown through Ontario windows would outweigh any conservation headway.

Montreal illuminophobes will find themselves particularly torn:

An ethical question: Is a television set tuned to the Canadiens-Maple Leafs game an essential appliance?

This will be the conundrum facing Montrealers who want to be green and participate in Earth Hour tomorrow night, but don’t want to miss a minute of a game with their beloved Canadiens.

Our man in Toronto will keep us informed. Meanwhile:

It’s curious that Ontario residents are voluntarily turning their lights off tonight. Remember the near-panic that gripped this province during the blackout of August 2003?

Posted by Tim B. on 03/29/2008 at 02:44 PM
    1. From the editorial:

      Earth Hour is such a good idea. Doesn’t it just make you feel warm and fuzzy all over?

      Maybe fuzzy, if you’re wrapped in flannel. But warm? I think not.

      In Milwaukee we’ve had 98.9 inches of snow, making this year the second most snowiest on record. Where the hell is my global warming?

      Posted by Merlin on 2008 03 29 at 04:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Just checkin’ that my generator is all fuelled up for my home emergency power test out here in the Ottawa Valley.

      I figure I’ll run the generator and check the power for about an hour or so starting at, oh, I don’t know, 8:00 p.m. tonight.

      Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2008 03 29 at 04:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. It is 0 here in Toronto, and there is still snow all over the frigging place, I wonder if CBC will stop broadcasting for an hour to show it’s support.

      Posted by Torontosteve on 2008 03 29 at 04:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. “I wonder if CBC will stop broadcasting for an hour to show it’s support.”

      We could never be that lucky…

      Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2008 03 29 at 05:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s curious that Ontario residents are voluntarily turning their lights off tonight. Remember the near-panic that gripped this province during the blackout of August 2003?

      Yeah, well.  I’ll say it before paco does.  That blackout started in Ohio.  We were having trouble powering up the Diebold voting machines in Canton.  The Canadians aren’t still miffed about it are they?

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 03 29 at 05:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’ll be turning on the bathroom heater, the humidifier, and washing a load of laundry in warm water all to celebrate the earth hour. I might have hubby load up and run the dishwasher too. I’ll probably blog about my mundane housewifely activities as well. With my feet in a power hogging home spa gadget.

      Posted by Samantha on 2008 03 29 at 08:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. You say “For some reason the entire country [Canada] has gone a bit crazy over Earth Hour.” and link to a CBC report to that effect.

      The CB fucking C?

      The CB fucking C has never told the truth. It has never known the truth. Every one there is a lying, bastard faced cunt, every fucking one of them.

      If the CB fucking C says we Canuckleheads are in favour of Earth Hour you can bet the farm that we are not and we are going to turn on every light we’ve got, run every appliance and open the door to let the cold in and the energy out.

      And burn the dog, to boot.

      I feel very strongly about this.

      Posted by fred z on 2008 03 29 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s now 8:52 here in Ontario – the leafs are ahead of the Habs 2-1.  It’s the second intermission, so I have to go put my laundry in the dryer.  Just flew back from a week in Winnipeg, and I’m flying off to Montreal first thing Monday.  Gotta have fresh undies.

      Posted by rightgreg on 2008 03 29 at 08:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7 Well now there’s a media review that deserves to get in the Letters page of a national paper!! i feel your feelings and nod sympathetically, even from my perch at the bottom of the earth (Australia).

      I actually met a guy from the CBC once. He was a nice, quiet guy. He was the husband of Naomi Klein.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 03 29 at 11:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. A somewhat prickly Earth Hourist on another blog already has a defense ready:

      You people just don’t get it do you, even when it’s clearly stated on the front of The Age.

      1. It’s a symbolic gesture.

      2. You were asked to turn out all your lights, not your heaters, or anything else.

      What part of this don’t you get?

      So there ya go, Canadians.  You’re still allowed to watch the hockey, as long as it’s by candlelight.

      Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 03 30 at 04:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. Carpefraise
      The Husband of Naomi Klein? As in the guy who was beaten, with a cluebat, by Ms Ali, in public??????
      This GUY???Moving Target on a Machine Gun Range, just saying.

      Cheers

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 03 30 at 06:01 AM • permalink

 

  1. I love it. My first car was a ‘64 EH Holden wagon (a Monza red Premier with Mo Mo mags). I never thought I would see the day that the world, backed, no less, than by the greenies, would devote an hour in honour of my beloved Australian motoring classic. I never knew that my car was, in fact, the Earth Hour Holden. Man, tnose guys at Holden were way ahead of their time. Now I wish I had kept it.

    Posted by EliotNess on 2008 03 30 at 07:11 AM • permalink