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HOUR OF POWER

“We have to start somewhere,” writes illumination activist Jay Currie. “I am starting with keeping my lights on at 8PM March 29. All of them.”

Yes! Also celebrating Saturday night’s Hour of Power are Jason Soon and Tim Bennett, who emails:

In honour of Earth Hour, my friends and I will be hosting the first annual Carbon Party. To mark this solemn occasion, we will be running the space heaters and air conditioning simultaneously, while putting loads of clothing through the dryer and turning all the incandescent lights on. Dinner will be grain-fed beef cooked over a wood fire (none of that clean LPG barbecue gas), served with imported vegetables shipped in from overseas (whether or not they can be found at the local farmers’ market). Bog rolls for the evening will be of softest five-ply tissue paper.

That’s the spirit! Evil Pundit suggests an investment in 5000 watts of earth-destroying lighthouse bulb, but you can easily join in the fun using common household appliances, as Samantha Burns - “Earth Hour stupidity, and all it represents, must end” - explains:

Possible items you may want to switch ON:

-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 don’t forget computers, which you may use to track the SMH’s hilarious Earth Hour trickery. Compared to the Hour of Power, that other hour is an absolute crock of dark:

Instead of cooking a soufflé, choke down a couple of raw beaten egg whites.

Instead of taking a hot shower, try dying.

No, no, no! There’ll be no encouragement of death during the Hour of Power, an officially life-affirming event. And, unlike certain other hours, there is no hint of sparky coercion:

Since Malaysians aren’t gonna voluntarily switch off their lights, how about if they’re forced to go without electricity just for that one hour between 2000 and 2100?

How about if you’re forced to shut the hell up? Already indicating support for the Hour of Power are Habib, bovious, DrewB, Huck Foley, Dave S., John Enright, eeniemeenie, Irobot, Mike Laz, Hong Kong, Pogria, SwinishCapitalist, wronwright, MarkL, Jeff S., The Leadster, Tungsten Monk, rinardman, satisfiedmind16 and ProWomanProLife. They’ll join billions of others worldwide whose lights will be on at 8pm on the 29th (all lit houses are considered to be Hour of Power participants). By contrast, Earth Hour is practically friendless:

As of 1pm 26.03.08 only 2 people from Apollo Bay have signed up to Earth Hour.

Hour of Power updates to follow. Commence photographic preparations - Saturday night will be an all-in festival of light.

UPDATE. The Age’s Catherine Deveny seems almost on the verge of joining our sacred hour:

Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why they’re busting their balls to make a piss-weak contribution to saving the environment ... ?

Don’t worry, I’m going to keep doing it, and so should you, but it does shit me at times because it seems so futile.

She’s sure giving that mirror of hers a workout lately. Sensitive Andrew must be aghast.

UPDATE II. Some Byron Bay residents have no choice but to observe Earth Hour:

“We will be turning off the lights in the 35 units which we manage at Byron Central Apartments for the hour. We will be advising our holiday makers that this will be happening.”

Nice of them. (Via Raffi)

Posted by Tim B. on 03/25/2008 at 12:20 PM
  1. I can’t abide waste, so I will just be charging all of my rechargable batteries simultaneously. Two laptops, three drills, several flashlights and a drawer full of AAs.

    And maybe vacuum the carpet. Should be quite a show--I’ll send pics.

    Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 03 25 at 12:52 PM • permalink

  2. Reader kcom dubbed it “Enlightenment Hour”.

    I’ve marked it on my calendar.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 25 at 01:02 PM • permalink

  3. Every appliance I own will be on.

    And I’ll be vacuuming the house while wearing a fur stole.

    and nothing else

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 03 25 at 01:09 PM • permalink

  4. "Hour of Power” sounds so much more fun than “Earth Hour”. As usual, us RWDBs will have more fun than the true believers!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 03 25 at 01:09 PM • permalink

  5. I will light 37 vats of whale oil arranged on my lawn to spell the phrase, “Let there be light.”

    Posted by paco on 2008 03 25 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  6. pace, you’re a genius.

    Posted by blerp on 2008 03 25 at 01:14 PM • permalink

  7. Probably a bit more information than we needed, Mr. Bingley.

    :^þ

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 25 at 01:15 PM • permalink

  8. #3. What, no heels..?

    Posted by JAFA on 2008 03 25 at 01:44 PM • permalink

  9. JAFA, they always damage the wood floors.

    I hate that.

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 03 25 at 01:49 PM • permalink

  10. I am sitting in my van with the motor running and I am smoking a big Cuban cigar. (they are legal in the people’s demented Trudearupean Canada)

    If the Leftists ever get control of the West the that lights will go out are those of freedom and enterprise.

    This very day there is a hearing in progress to put an end to our “Human Rights Commission” that has be using gestapo tactics to entrap those who have a different opinion about the issues of the day.

    I will spare you the boring details of what led to this sad Star Chamber that operates outside of the law to persecute free speech, but suffice to say it is all part of the taking down of freedom in the West and handing over to the modern day communists/environmentalists.

    Google Canada’s CHRC
    The Check out ezralevant.com and be afraid, be very afraid.

    Posted by John West on 2008 03 25 at 01:53 PM • permalink

  11. Has any one pointed out that once this Earth hour is over, all these hippies will be flipping their compact fluorescent lights back on.  Fluorescent lights use more current at start up than during normal operation.  The electric plant will need to spin up more generators to compensate for the sudden current drain during that first 5-10 minutes after Earth hour ends.  Worse, it is possible that the electric plant will most likely not shut down generators during the hour because it costs money to spin down a generator just to start it back up within an hour (assuming coal and methane fired generators, nuclear is another story).

    So, what these hippies may accomplish is causing generators to spin idly for nearly an hour and then a sudden drain on the electric grid in an orgy of fluorescent light and electric motor (assuming these twits have ceiling fans, which they must since we’re all told how much more efficient fans are than A/C) starts.  All this while burning candles which produce a hell of a lot more carbon than is produced by the share of electricity from a coal fired power plant used by a typical incandescent lamp.

    Ignorance is awesome.

    Posted by kbiel on 2008 03 25 at 02:05 PM • permalink

  12. I will definitely have all of my electrical appliances on during this crock, hell i might even warm up the electric welder as well.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2008 03 25 at 02:22 PM • permalink

  13. I like a brazen display of irony.  I think I’ll decorate my house in Christmas lights, spelling out

    SUPPORT

    EARTH

    HOUR

    Then I’ll flip on the lights at 8 pm.  Maybe I’ll make them flashing.

    If any neighbors * ask if I support Earth Hour, I’ll point to my light display and say “Of course”.

    -------------------------------

    * note that none will ask since in Ohio we’ve never even heard of Earth Hour.  Yet I would take that to indicate 100% in support of Tim’s effort for 100% illumination.  100%—not even Saddam got that kind of support.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 03 25 at 02:31 PM • permalink

  14. Alas, due to a scheduling conflict, I can’t fire up my gennie that night. 

    However, I will be driving to a town 50 miles away to take part in an emergency drill, running radios and computers, visiting some friends, and buying groceries. 

    When I get home, though, I’ll flip on every light, and other electrical appliances (I gots lots!!!!).

    And on Sunday, I’ll do some make up work:

    I plan on roasting a leg of lamb....from Australia

    The generator will be cranked up.  Because I can.

    Clothes will be washed and dried. In small loads!

    My carbon footprint will be enormous.  O, frabjous day!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 25 at 02:39 PM • permalink

  15. I’ll participate! Assuming, that is, I’m able to pay my electric bill—and haven’t been evicted. If that turns out to be the case, I’ll get in my car, rev the engine, and turn my flashlight on. It’s the least I can do.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 03 25 at 03:07 PM • permalink

  16. Count me in!  It’s my son-in-law’s birthday, and if they’re back in town from their spring break camping trip, we’ll all go out to dinner (in separate vehicles, since there are more of them than there are of us), while leaving every light in the house on, and maybe both TVs too.  The computer will be on, of course, because once it’s on, it doesn’t get turned off until we go to bed anyway.  I’ll have a couple of nice reds, while the guys and the daughter fill up on beer, and we’ll all have a substantial methane-inducing dinner.

    It’s not much, considering, but it’s our heartfelt contribution.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 25 at 03:16 PM • permalink

  17. I’m in. I’ll have all lights and appliances humming away to provide a powerful beacon of hope for our little hippie filled valley.

    Posted by Harold on 2008 03 25 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  18. I will light 37 vats of whale oil arranged on my lawn

    Save a little of that oil for me, if you would.

    It makes just about the perfect lubricant for my flintlock rifle’s lock mechanism.

    Really.

    Posted by steveH on 2008 03 25 at 03:23 PM • permalink

  19. Too funny. I am picturing Greenie heads exploding with self righteous rage as they read this thread. Don’t be hating, bro!
    Unfortunately I will not be able to participate on the 29th. On the other hand, I will be leaving a big fat carbon footprint in the sky, as I am flying down to Florida that day.

    Posted by Latino on 2008 03 25 at 03:35 PM • permalink

  20. i, of course, will do my part.  all the televisions on, all the lights on, the computer on, and of course all the radios. it will be a fine evening to run the dishwasher, and the washing machines, leaving the windows open for the fresh air, and crank up the heat.  since candles emit a lot of co2, i will have to light all the candles in the house as well.  and hey, since i need to shred some confidential documents, i think i will just burn them in the fireplace.  i guess i will need to cook as well.  have i left anything out?

    Posted by missred on 2008 03 25 at 03:54 PM • permalink

  21. When planning your hour of power festivities, be sure and include activities that will upset the World Wildlife Foundation - since they are the ones we have to blame for this nonsense.  I’m planning on mounting twin searchlights in my back yard - some deforestation and burning will be necessary to make the space.  These will be used to compensate for any decreased energy output from my fellow Calgarians, while blinding migratory waterfowl.  Any unfortunate birds crashing due to my meddling will be summarily barbecued and served up extra smokey.

    Posted by Nukevet on 2008 03 25 at 04:05 PM • permalink

  22. I’m definately in.  Down here in Ruskin life is actually much duller then most people would imagine.  Any chance to shake it up is appreciated.

    Posted by ruskinrip on 2008 03 25 at 04:10 PM • permalink

  23. I’m going down to my local appliance outlet and open all the refrigerator doors.

    I shall keep them open at gunpoint!

    Posted by Bill Spencer on 2008 03 25 at 04:14 PM • permalink

  24. Earth Hour imitates Animal House:

    “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”

    Posted by Minutiae on 2008 03 25 at 04:20 PM • permalink

  25. In NSW they could easily drop the power consumption and win major browning (greening) points. Just make sure Earth Day corresponds with a maintenance shutdown of the Cadia mine. That badboy uses about 80 Megawatts of juice on a bad day.

    They might have a bit of trouble convincing Newcrest to forgo the several million dollars in lost revenue though......

    Ahhh forget that - get everyone to fart into a bag and send it in to a central collection agency, these farts can then be liquified and stored into a long term facitiliy forever. I nominate Paul Keating’s fridge as being just the right environment for such emmissions.

    How easy is this Earthhour thing eh? Next challenge please!

    Posted by rbresca on 2008 03 25 at 04:31 PM • permalink

  26. Thunderdome-style carbon footprint: Face the space heater and the air conditioner to each other. Switch both on. See which wins.

    Two go in. One comes out. Drink beer while cheering for your favorite.

    Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2008 03 25 at 04:39 PM • permalink

  27. I’m just going to set all the houses that have their lights out on Saturday night, on fire. Win-win. They no longer have to worry about their personal carbon footprint long-term, and we can blame them for destroying the environment with their wilful destruction of the ozone by having a flammable house.

    I’m not seeing a flaw in this plan.

    Posted by CB on 2008 03 25 at 04:54 PM • permalink

  28. That sounds like too much effort switching on all the appliances.  Tell you what, I’m just going to carry on as usual whenever the fuck Earth hour is.  Some appliances will be on, some will be off.  Who gives a rats?

    Posted by anthony_r on 2008 03 25 at 04:58 PM • permalink

  29. ALF Club Port Power are worried about the ambiguity of their name.  They are thinking of changing to the Port Protons to encourage cleaner nuclear power for Souh Australia, since the state has the biggest uranium mine in the world.
    Port Isotopes was considered, but is already taken.

    Posted by Barrie on 2008 03 25 at 05:08 PM • permalink

  30. Is this 8pm in Sydney, or 8pm in your particular corner of the globe?

    I mean, that’d be about 2am in Houston, Texas. I’ll probably be awake though so the lights will definitely be on.

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2008 03 25 at 05:12 PM • permalink

  31. I’ve got a veterans rugby carnival and ski club meeting during the day on Saturday followed by the rugby club dinner that evening, so I’ll just have to turn on all the lights and the TV and the stereo when I leave home at 10am.

    Posted by craigo on 2008 03 25 at 05:27 PM • permalink

  32. If you do the ‘right thing’ during earth hour (or after these nitwits legislate/shame people into the dark ages), what happens if the morgue/hospital/funeral director’s refrigeration units are switched off?

    Phe-ewwwww!

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 05:29 PM • permalink

  33. Put me down for the Hour of Power. It is too late for them to use my idea to improve Earth Hour and besides, I don’t live in Sydney.

    We did turn on every light in the house last year and all the outside spotlight too. No one noticed because no one in my town was a Dim.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 03 25 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  34. My response to this global group hug to make us whitey’s feel better is to simply ignore it and continue my lifestyle in pure indulgent ignorance.  That makes me a default hour of power member, but so be it.  While I will not purposely waste electricity, I will tip my hat to those in the trenches, fighting the good fight.

    In short, I’m completely ignoring this cause celebre. 

    And don’t they HATE that!

    Posted by peter m on 2008 03 25 at 05:58 PM • permalink

  35. I have bought all these and will be festooning my house; I hope to achieve lift-off and be in ‘heaven’ at earth-hour.

    Posted by cohenite on 2008 03 25 at 06:04 PM • permalink

  36. I don’t think anyone in this area has even heard of earth hour, or would be interested in it if they had.  But I’ll do my part by washing dishes with the dishwasher only half full.

    Posted by rabidfox on 2008 03 25 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  37. #5 paco

    And the Lord said “let there be light”

    And it fairly well fuckn shone !

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 03 25 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  38. Go your hardware shop and purchase one of those portable 2000 watt (or more) hand held spotlights (Chinese manufacture) and turn it on pointing skywards. I will find one in Halls Creek and attempt to be a shining lighting on the planet (instead of one of those dopey, lefty, tailights on the hill that we have in Australia).

    Posted by Louis on 2008 03 25 at 07:08 PM • permalink

  39. Well, I was going to rely on a slightly busted rotator cuff as my excuse for not having taken down my Christmas lights (yet), but since I would have seized on the Hour of Power as the best of reasons for putting them back up anyway, seems like I’m sitting pretty, right?  So, that’s the house lights, yard lights, decos, all the appliances the cats can reasonably be relied upon not to kill themselves in/with, and ... oh hell, yes, the attic fans!  It’s gonna be 42º, get those babies crankin’!

    Posted by Celaeno on 2008 03 25 at 07:12 PM • permalink

  40. I hadn’t thought of the self clean oven, thanks Tim.  Where I live we have time of day metering, when overall usage is low, rates are lower, so earth hour will be the time to do as much as possible anyway, so I can save money.

    Posted by rightgreg on 2008 03 25 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  41. I was going to barbecue on merely a charcoal fire but after reading the enthusiasm of Jason and Tim, I’m going to throw wood chips on the fire all evening.

    Posted by Lonetown on 2008 03 25 at 07:30 PM • permalink

  42. You can’t beat the Promethean Aurora Carbon Oculatron when it comes to doin’ the Earth Power Glowboogaloo! And why not celebrate your light show by firing up a Pinar Alfonso Corona Oscuro?

    Posted by paco on 2008 03 25 at 07:52 PM • permalink

  43. Every last appliance capable of generating the slightest amount of illumination, from the outdoor flood lamp to the “ON” lights on my abandoned stereo, shall be switched on, contributing to the torture-murder of the Earth Mother. My home shall shine as a light in the semi-darkness, so that all may see, and disbelieve.

    Posted by PJCarney on 2008 03 25 at 07:53 PM • permalink

  44. Note: Your before picture remember to keep the shutter at 1000th of a second to make it look really dark, in your night time photograph. Then, during Earth Hour, keep your shutter open as long as you can, let’s say 20 seconds to make it as bright as possible. Keep a torch handy and shine it brightly on your subject.

    I know it’s the way around, but it will look incredibly good and it’s a bright idea.

    Other tips: car lights on.

    Posted by gin&tonic on 2008 03 25 at 08:10 PM • permalink

  45. I might fire up the two halogen lights on the BFS*, which point down to the acre back yard, and get this out and fire it up, along with this, and see if I get a rise from the neighbours.

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 08:16 PM • permalink

  46. *big fucking shed

    oops

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 08:17 PM • permalink

  47. Lights will be on.  Highway flares will be lit.  With any luck there will be photographs.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 03 25 at 08:23 PM • permalink

  48. I am about to say something that pains me more than the death of a loved one or a heavily backed horse running second. I have found a… Beer to boycott.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 25 at 08:25 PM • permalink

  49. No IT, don’t do it !

    10c from every bottle sold goes to preserving your namesake the endangered Tasmanian Tiger.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 03 25 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  50. #49 - All right, I’ll drink it, but only while watching tyre fires. Bastards.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 25 at 08:38 PM • permalink

  51. Green beer?

    Wasn’t that last weekend?

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 08:41 PM • permalink

  52. #12 ...hell i might even warm up the electric welder as well.

    Hey, great idea! I have some steel, and a project in mind.

    An arc welder is the Ferrari of power sucking devices!!

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 03 25 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  53. I wish to go on record now as clearly stating that I will have nothing to do with the string of massive and suspicious fires that will break out at various coal stockpiles at power stations in New South Wales on saturday night.

    I hope the offenders will be brought to justice for recklessly causing the release of gigantic pointless carbon emmissions.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 03 25 at 09:05 PM • permalink

  54. Count me in!

    Posted by bondo on 2008 03 25 at 09:14 PM • permalink

  55. I’m going to celebrate by firing up and listening to the progress of earth hour on my vintage valve radios.

    Those little beauties use 35 - 40 watts of power to run.
    No AA powered transistors in this house.

    Real radios run hot - and add to the general “warming” around the neighbourhood.

    Posted by polymath on 2008 03 25 at 09:17 PM • permalink

  56. Bugger I will be at work, the best I can manage is to run the air con with the door open.
    Im sure the boy will do me proud by running the plasma screen in one room (unwatched), while sitting on the computer in the other room with the TV running. Its earth day everyday in moleville.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 03 25 at 09:21 PM • permalink

  57. This summer, I think I’ll have a maze T-shirt made with blue writing: “If you really cared about AGW you’d kill yourself.”

    I’ll wear it to a football game in the fall. You can poll whether or not I make it back alive.

    Posted by aaron_ on 2008 03 25 at 09:25 PM • permalink

  58. For shame you decadent Western types!

    I’ll be sacrificing at least one hour of electricity on March 29. I think I can survive that! I’ll make out just fine by burning some old car tyres in the backyard. That way I can cook dinner and have a source of light at the same time, and, I’ll be recycling and everything!!! See how easy it is. I’ll be killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, and if my unfortunate history with fire is anything to go by, probably a whole lot of other things too. Oh well, it can’t be helped, it’s for the good of the environment.
    Being ‘green’ is a cinch, and fun too!!

    Posted by Brian on 2008 03 25 at 09:27 PM • permalink

  59. Oh my, I’m so late to the party… and living half way across the world, I will likely be asleep when you all are having such a blast.  If I turn on all my lights and cook a lovely steak at 8PM my time… would that be sufficient?  I mean, I’m all about supporting my favorite friendly nation.  :-)

    Posted by Teresa on 2008 03 25 at 09:49 PM • permalink

  60. I’m in Melbourne at the moment and shocked at how completely brainwashed my Age-reading but otherwise intelligent family are

    Posted by jlc on 2008 03 25 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  61. I may have to set fire to the ti-tree scrub across the road to enhance my carbon footprint on the 29th

    Posted by jlc on 2008 03 25 at 09:57 PM • permalink

  62. Ahhh… what to do. As my neighbors here in Seoul will have as much appreciation of Earth Hour as Kim Jong Il has of liberty, something quiet and non-threatening, such as another floor heating vs. aircon deathmatch, is in order.

    #48: Now that saddens me. I will have to redouble my efforts in bothering your local embassy chaps to bring Coopers in by diplo pouch for their bi-monthly pissups (yes, they have Cascade already).

    And the idea of beer being green--that’s funny as fermentation, the conversion of sugars to CO2 and alcohol, could hardly be more carbon intensvie. But hey, buy a few of Algore’s carbon credits and problem solved.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2008 03 25 at 10:02 PM • permalink

  63. O/T Do you think this is a sign?

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 10:04 PM • permalink

  64. OT

    New Band Called BDS.

    Maybe someone here can write some lyrics for them?

    To start off try “Whiny Flappy People”.

    Posted by Rob Read on 2008 03 25 at 10:04 PM • permalink

  65. Habib - I understand you now run the RAAF.

    Please organise a Pig to do a full afterburner run down the east Coast from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney.  Actually given QLD doesn’t do daylight saving might be best to start at Melbourne at about 2030 hours.

    Posted by Razor on 2008 03 25 at 10:05 PM • permalink

  66. #63 Definitely a Hell-Mouth.

    Posted by Rob Read on 2008 03 25 at 10:05 PM • permalink

  67. Earth Hour Safety Instructional Video?

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 25 at 10:11 PM • permalink

  68. Cheers, Tim(how’s it going Buddy?)

    Count me in for the power rush!

    Posted by Jazza on 2008 03 25 at 10:13 PM • permalink

  69. I jumped to comments straight off, so if this has been said already, ignore it.

    Why can’t we ring up one of the people in the shuttle or space station( not sure if this is geosynchronous or not), and ask them to run before and after shots of greenie rich environments, you know, see how serious they are.

    Posted by Turbine on 2008 03 25 at 10:15 PM • permalink

  70. Oh FFS

    The Wilkins Ice Shelf in the Antarctic has developed a huge crack (which made a huge noise and that’s why the climate scientists sitting around watching it looked at it), and they’re concerned it’s going to fall off…

    Bugger me, don’t they know about calving calving?

    The fool interivewed said it was dramatic proof that global warming/climate change that thing was happening…

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 25 at 10:16 PM • permalink

  71. What happens if Energy Australia arranges power outages? We may have a Earth Day.
    How many candles will be needed then?
    Of course no after Earth Hour dinners.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 25 at 10:19 PM • permalink

  72. #64: [Sorry for more O/T] They are just NOW getting around to putting out an anti-Bush album? That train has left the station.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2008 03 25 at 10:19 PM • permalink

  73. #64 Rob Read

    Maybe someone here can write some lyrics for them?

    To start off try “Whiny Flappy People”.

    Where’s lyle? He could mock them better than anyone else.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 25 at 10:41 PM • permalink

  74. I’ll be leaving every possible light/appliance etc running at full bore.
    While racking my brains thinking of further ways to fry Gaia, I realised I wanted to make a gesture of near Biblical proportions.

    Something guaranteed to effect maximum Firepower on the very air that we breathe.

    I have started to prepare the biggest, meanest, most unholy cauldron of Chilli and Beans!

    I will slow cook it today with a bucket of onions and half a bucket of garlic, the requisite beef and chillies and a tub full of the biggest beans I have in my larder. After curing over the next three days, we will wolf it down for lunch on Saturday with a pan full of huevos fried in goose fat.

    At precisely 8 pm, the boys and I will bend over and fire at will, Methane Missiles that are guaranteed to choke the air better than a herd of the finest Black Angus.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 03 25 at 10:42 PM • permalink

  75. Sad to say that no matter how hard I try to release carbon into the atmosphere, I am only one person. Can I really make a difference?

    This feeling of helplessness is only compounded, when compared to the work being done by experts.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 03 25 at 10:44 PM • permalink

  76. I will be sending large amounts of sweet-smelling carbon into the sky from BBQing dead animals as well as watching Top Gear on SBS (which ironically is heavily promoting Earth Hour) on three TVs.

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2008 03 25 at 10:48 PM • permalink

  77. Enlightenment hour, that’s good. I’ll probably be somewhere else and the host probably won’t want me to burn their money, so I’ll take my Christmas hat with flashing lights and wear that.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 25 at 10:53 PM • permalink

  78. I might also run on the spot to produce more personal CO2; maybe sporting a T-shirt reading CARBON TAX ON JOGGERS

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 25 at 10:54 PM • permalink

  79. I’m just ignoring it. It worked for the women that couldn’t find the beef.

    Posted by Old school on 2008 03 25 at 11:01 PM • permalink

  80. #70
    The [Carbon Train(TM)] scientists playing this shite up for the gullible MSM need their arses well & truly kicked.

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 25 at 11:05 PM • permalink

  81. Let’s get this thing cranked up

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 03 25 at 11:12 PM • permalink

  82. I liked someone’s suggestion somewhere to not go “Earth Hour,” but do it for a week to know really what life’s like without modern amenities.  (Short and harsh I hear.)

    And no candles unless they were delivered on foot straight from the (wild) beehive. 

    Sheesh.  Earth hour.  Hokey.  Luddites, prove thyselves!  Live and work in streets full of manure.  Or move into that Outback preserve proposed hereabouts, just for you (and pay for the priveledge). 

    I’ll not be burning lights sans purpose, as coal-fired ‘trons are pricey around here just now.  But I’ll illustrate briefly with a purpose my winter lighting that helps me remove snow in the dead of early morning (so I can go to work in my internal combustion Nissan). 

    Prolly burn some LPG in the grill (barby) in honor.  Martinsville, Virginia, USA short track NASCAR racing this weekend-- thousands of gallons of premium gasoline to be burned, not to mention the haulers and their diesels.  I will consume such entertainment via satellite TV.  I’m gonna do my part.

    Posted by reese on 2008 03 25 at 11:15 PM • permalink

  83. DAMN! Three of the links, punked out. You get the idea though, you want power, you got power.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 03 25 at 11:16 PM • permalink

  84. #75: Margos, m’dear, we do what we can.  Consider the advice of the Book of Common Prayer (at least the one of my youth, whatever the buggers have done to it since) and “Let your light so shine before men That they shall see your good works ...”

    Posted by Celaeno on 2008 03 25 at 11:50 PM • permalink

  85. ...and if that means renting a 5000-watt klieg light and blasting the neighbors’ retinas to powder, well, I say, Amen.

    Posted by Celaeno on 2008 03 25 at 11:54 PM • permalink

  86. Tim, such 8pm your time is about midnight my time (I think) I’m afraid I won’t be able to participate thanks to being asleep. I will, fortunately, be able to use some energy thanks to getting to use a cpap in order to get enough oxygen while I sleep. I also sometimes have the radio on for soothing background noise. (KGB, a classical rock station.) Can’t have the volume too high, otherwise it defeats it’s purpose.

    Hope everybody has a chance to expend mega BTUs of energy. Remember, only you can fight global cooling.

    Posted by mythusmage on 2008 03 26 at 12:07 AM • permalink

  87. Andrew Bolt refers to Catherine Deveny

    piss-weak contribution when most of the world continue to turn environmental vandalism into an extreme sport?
    and finishs up
    But we can cut our own apples.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 26 at 12:17 AM • permalink

  88. "When you don’t know what to do, do anything.” The third last sentence of the deveny diatribe....What a punchline! What a typical “progressive” attitude! What a personal philosophy! What a testament to the death of the Age of Reason!!!

    Just change the verb.... for ‘do’ insert ‘write’
    Sums ‘em all up, really

    Posted by Rod C on 2008 03 26 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  89. I will be switching on my heater, aircon, all my lights, my TV, and as many other appliances I can find. 

    I will also drive my 6.0l V12 monster to a nearby vantage point and take a photo of my blazing light-house!  :) (The car has been averaging 32l/100kms recently due to heavy traffic!)

    Posted by Baron on 2008 03 26 at 12:48 AM • permalink

  90. Huge chunk of Antarctic ice shelf collapses and scientists are putting it down to global warming.
    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 26 at 12:49 AM • permalink

  91. I thought up another wheeze while having a rather pleasant lunch at a riverside Japanese restaurant (no whale unfortunately, but I’d say if you walked in wearing a Greenpeace t-shirt they’d slip some fugu liver into your miso soup)- why not kill two, or a few more endangered ones if they veer into the flightpath, birds with one stone so to speak- the horror of anthropogenic greenhouse gas release conbined with aquatic mammal-suffocating plastic bags? Get a cylinder of hydrogen (I know helium is man-made and thus evil but it’s inert and only good for making you sound like Julia Gillard with her head safely encased in a polluting plastic bag), and as big a supply of disposable shopping bags as you can muster; fill the bags from the tank and tie off. Release to freedom, and for a spectacular mini-Hindenburg recreation, tie off the bags with string soaked in lighter fluid- light the string prior to release, or if you live somewhere that isn’t run by intrusive nanny-state busybodies and safety nazis, fire at the released bags with very flares, rockets or incendiary rounds. Any hits will result in a spectacular burst of flame, releasing anthropogenic water vapour (a real greenhouse nasty) and whatever toxic fumes the bag adds. Real mirth can be achieved if the floating bag drifts into a Spotted Owl colony before ignition, or flaming debris descends on a cluster of candle-clutching cretins concerned about CO2, and sets their filthy, oil-rich dreadlocks afire.

    I reckon this has more potential for fun than winning the lottery in a brewery that houses a Thai barber shop.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 03 26 at 12:59 AM • permalink

  92. From Deveny’s screed: “People are arrogant. We just think: “The earth won’t fry us. She loves us. We’re humans, we’re the best.” The earth doesn’t care. It’s just an organism with no heart and no favourites. It just heats up and cools down to cope with its conditions. To the earth we’re just insects and if we fry, we fry. She doesn’t give a rats. Humans are the new dinosaurs

    Um, Catherine, the Earth is a planet not an organism. Also the Earth’s surface heat is determined by factors such as Solar Radiation and the Greenhouse effect i.e. external factors, not the Earth changing it’s internal heat levels in response to conditions.

    How did that paragraph pass an editor?

    Posted by jpaulg on 2008 03 26 at 01:13 AM • permalink

  93. Re update: 35 units in Byron Bay? Glad they haven’t boycotted capitalism.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 26 at 01:15 AM • permalink

  94. I repeat. Anyone who suffers an injury or loss, any injury or loss at all, as a result of some clown turning off lights in aid of this rot should sue those responsible to a standstill.

    If someone goes arse over head in one of these Byron Bay holiday units in the hour of darkness, sue.

    If someone spills the bong water in the mull bowl while sitting around in one fo these Byron Bay units singing kumbyar in the hour of darkness, sue.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 03 26 at 01:42 AM • permalink

  95. Re update II: hope some clients are lawyers and sue their arses off.

    THE IPCC: ON THE RUN AT LAST
    c/- Bolta

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 26 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  96. Hey Pickles, I’d have thought that management cutting power to units would be a breach of contract, or at least a breach of the lease terms, and also quite possibly a breach of OH&S regulations and duty of care, all of which would be actionable. I wonder if they’ve got any vacancies- I could do with a bit of a tickle, and Byron property owners tend to have deep pockets (but I’d rather not know what’s in them).

    Posted by Habib on 2008 03 26 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  97. At 35kg overweight, Catherine Deveny uses more energy for almost everything she does. She eats more (more energy needed to fill her stomach), it takes more energy to heat or cool her, her extra weight increases load on engines and thus the use of energy, and so on and so forth. I’m sure someone could work out how much extra CO2 she uses by being overweight (probably about the same as 100k air travel per year), but the message is that she could save a small village in Bangladesh from flooding by simply reducing her carb intake. Earth to Catherine: stop feeding your face!

    Of course, if I was a RWDB I’d tell her to eat as much as she likes…

    Posted by Hanyu on 2008 03 26 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  98. “We will be turning off the lights in the 35 units which we manage at Byron Central Apartments for the hour. We will be advising our holiday makers that this will be happening.”

    Oh man, I’d love to see the look on those idiots’ faces if the tourists brought their own generator truck.

    Posted by Mr Hackenbacker on 2008 03 26 at 01:45 AM • permalink

  99. Habib, I think you would be right, something about having “the right to quiet enjoyment” or somesuch.

    I do think that the threat of no lights might be resolved by negotiation prior to the event, rather than litigation after.

    Something like: “Hey hippy if you turn my lights off I will go you with a knife” might work.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 03 26 at 01:49 AM • permalink

  100. "I’m sorry I shat in the bed, but in the darkness I could not find the bathroom. Sorry about your cat, too. Nothing to do with the darkness, just doing my bit for the native wildlife.”

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 26 at 01:55 AM • permalink

  101. How about a caricature of Flummery with a paraflood up its quoit, juz like a Chinese lantern? [Col. Milquetoast?]

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 26 at 01:59 AM • permalink

  102. #87 Mirror, mirror on the… floor

    EEK!

    Posted by bingbing on 2008 03 26 at 02:08 AM • permalink

  103. Yeah yeah, I know, but I just love it

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 03 26 at 02:11 AM • permalink

  104. #91
    Bugger the cylinder, make your own hydrogen with caustic soda and alfoil.
    You can ditch the toxic sludge left over down those drains helpfully marked flows to creek and put the brakes on the mozzies who seem particularly rapacious this year.
    (Bulimba Creek could do with a good pull through.)

    Posted by lotocoti on 2008 03 26 at 02:37 AM • permalink

  105. #70 & 90; Hi kae, I enjoyed your pithy post on the myth of the moderate moslem; as to calving and the Wilkins ice-shelf event; ‘our abc’have been delirious about this; hopefully the reality will filter through the msm over the next few days that this is a thermohaline induced shear of ocean-floating ice which has occured because of increased cold, snow and ice-packing resulting in an increased ice-weight; the heaviour ice is typically less flexible to the underlying ocean dynamics and typically shears in this neat fashion so, not due to global warming, but bloody global cooling.

    Posted by cohenite on 2008 03 26 at 02:50 AM • permalink

  106. What this Hour of Power program is missing is transparency and accountability. Sure, you lot say you’re going to max out the wattage for an hour, but how do we punters know you didn’t switch off after, say, 53 minutes.

    Or maybe you plan to use less power from 9.00-11.00pm to make up for your extravagance? That’s just the sort of cheap trick a closet-Earther would pull.

    I demand time-stamped photos of electricity meters! And PRIZES!

    Posted by fidens on 2008 03 26 at 03:25 AM • permalink

  107. You can count me and the Missus in on this Festival of Lights.

    It’s our anniversary, you see. My back is feeling better, the little one’s at Gran’s for the night.

    All the lights, among other things, will be turned on…

    (oh, and cohenite, no photo proof will be supplied)

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 03 26 at 03:39 AM • permalink

  108. #102
    To check out the ‘battery appliances’ during Earth Hour?

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 26 at 03:40 AM • permalink

  109. #70
    bugger. that was supposed to be calving ice.

    There’s two links there.

    perview is for girlies…

    I better start using it.

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 26 at 03:53 AM • permalink

  110. #106
    Fidens
    You’ll HEAR the electricty meters whirring, and feel the wind!

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 26 at 03:55 AM • permalink

  111. #107; buggar, I’ve already got propective buyers.

    Posted by cohenite on 2008 03 26 at 04:24 AM • permalink

  112. Hmmm. I guess I’d better rebel by joining in the fight (kinda like the way goths rebel by wearing white face paint and lanky black hair and boring black sacks).

    I’ve got work in town in the early evening so I won’t be home, so I’ll do what I usually do - fire up the pc at 6.30am and leave it on all day whether I’m there or not.

    I’ll just make sure the heating and the lights are all left on, too.

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2008 03 26 at 04:34 AM • permalink

  113. Well, I’ve got 3 Lightforce hunting spots I can plug into the 240v and shine down the street. They usually illuminate the pigs and foxes at 400m pretty well.

    Plus I’ll be boiling a few kettles for a nice hot cuppa or 10. And microwaving my dinner (after running it on defrost for 20 mins) while blow-waving my hair and putting a load of clothes thru the dryer because it might rain.

    It might be time to cut up the dishwasher so it can fit into the skip bin too. That needs an angle grinder for sure.

    Posted by Ozwitch on 2008 03 26 at 05:48 AM • permalink

  114. Well, this is what I can offer.

    Can’t necessarily do it at 8pm on a Saturday night as I’ll most likely already be out. But, I shall devote one hour, perhaps more, to having the floor heating and the AC on full, with the computer, TV and stereo blasting. I’ll also turn the hot water in the shower on (don’t worry, Korea actually builds dams). I’ll light a few candles, too, to make it a little more romantic as I’ll be at my girl’s apartment on Saturday. We’ll cook dinner together. A stew of some kind I’m thinking as then we can have the gas range on for the entire hour, if not more as it simmers away. Don’t worry, the windows will be open.

    As for right now, the window at my place is open but it got a little nippy sitting here in shorts and a T-shirt so I’ve turned the floor heating on so that I don’t have to put on trakky dacks or a sweater… or close the window.

    BTW, instead of taking a 15 minute walk home today, I caught a taxi. Spent the day turning the classroom heater on quite hot then either compensating by opening the doors and/or switching it to the AC.

    And I’m buying a car in a couple of weeks.

    Posted by bingbing on 2008 03 26 at 05:55 AM • permalink

  115. Every light will be on, every electrical orifice plugged and turned on, The Angels will be on the stereo, which will itself be turned up to ‘11’ and the kids have been allowed to stay up and watch the event - provided they run out into the yard every couple of minutes or so and activate the motion-sensing floodlights lights on the garage.  All together now: “Teach, your children well, their father’s help, is hard to come by...”

    Fortress Apparatchik will be a beacon of South Korean amidst the North Korean Socialist workers’ paradise of my neighbourhood.

    Posted by Apparatchik on 2008 03 26 at 06:14 AM • permalink

  116. Who’d have guessed that illumination could be so much fun!

    I will just have to leave all my shop’s 30+ spotlights on as a beacon to fellow converts along the sacred Sunshine Coast! My fellow apostates, it’s time to ILLUME!

    Posted by scoop on 2008 03 26 at 07:05 AM • permalink

  117. #115 Apparatchik,

    hey, do you know Bushido Judo club?

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 03 26 at 07:55 AM • permalink

  118. “We will be turning off the lights in the 35 units which we manage at Byron Central Apartments for the hour. We will be advising our holiday makers that this will be happening.”

    Here is just a sample of the misspellings at the website of the Byron Central Apartments. A sure sign of the quality of the accommodation.

    anomolies
    super markets
    practiciioners
    Acapuncturists
    naturapaths
    coutries
    minstrals
    byron bay
    recepticals
    hawaian
    ethopia

    Posted by The Mongrel on 2008 03 26 at 08:08 AM • permalink

  119. How absolutely wonderful!  I have some great floodlights, so I will be there in solidarity.  It’s for, um, raising awareness; isn’t that what you call it?

    Posted by Dame Penelope on 2008 03 26 at 08:57 AM • permalink

  120. I miss my Dad’s old two-stroke Evinrude more this week than ever. Still, I’m in, even if all I’ve got are the TV and the clothes dryer. Fiat lux et cinerem.

    Posted by Jim Whyte on 2008 03 26 at 10:01 AM • permalink

  121. #120.  OK Jim, I’ll bite.  What does “Fiat lux et cinerem” mean?

    Posted by Olrence on 2008 03 26 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  122. I’m glad Catherine recognizes the futility of the effort, however, I’d make the case that it’s not so much futile as pathetic.

    A futile effort would be to do something useful, but just impossible to do nearly enough of it, such as using buckets to empty water from the Titanic.  Sure, you need to get water off the ship, but you’ll never be able to get rid of it all.  That’s futile.

    A pathetic effort is to do something completely inappropriate, such as rearranging deck chairs in hopes of changing the balance of the ship.  It does nothing to address the problem at all.

    Of course, I completely disagree that the ship is sinking at all, heretic that I am.  But if it is sinking, you won’t save it by changing the time of day that you use your energy.

    Posted by RK on 2008 03 26 at 11:27 AM • permalink

  123. “We will be turning off the lights in the 35 units which we manage at Byron Central Apartments for the hour. We will be advising our holiday makers that this will be happening.”

    High price for no choice, I’d say.

    Change of holiday plans. Byron Central anywhere else.

    Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 03 26 at 11:48 AM • permalink

  124. I claim credit for early action.

    I spent this Easter at the Gold Coast in a rented apartment.  On one occasion I returned from the beach to find that my wife had the air conditioning operating fully with the balcony door open.  To my casual remark about this fact, the off hand reply was, “Oh, yes”.

    Well, needless to say the door remained open with the air conditioner running for the rest of the afternoon.

    Now I think this is an excellent approach for the hour of power and I’ll be adopting this practice on the 29th.

    Posted by Wand on 2008 03 26 at 06:24 PM • permalink

  125. Hey, we made junkscience today.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 26 at 06:28 PM • permalink

  126. #121 Olrence, At a guess, I’d say "Action, Lights, Camera!”

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 26 at 06:30 PM • permalink

  127. Sorry if someone’s already said something along these lines.

    Since Malaysians aren’t gonna voluntarily switch off their lights, how about if they’re forced to go without electricity just for that one hour between 2000 and 2100?

    Let’s go further north:

    Since North Koreans aren’t gonna voluntarily switch off their lights, how about if they’re forced to go without electricity just for that one century between 2000 and 2100?

    Posted by Dminor on 2008 03 26 at 07:11 PM • permalink

  128. Andrea, Paco, wronwright, someone more awake than I—what time will that be in Jax?

    I have a lovely pork roast that I could put on the grill...with plenty of fruit from third world countries & bread baked in an oven while I run the AC. With the windows open, of course.

    I don’t wake when my husband goes to work at 3am, I certainly ain’t getting up to do this in the middle of the night. But I’ll take a raincheck!

    Posted by KC on 2008 03 26 at 08:32 PM • permalink

  129. Perhaps the poor proles at Byron Central could manage to cobble together some substitute light sources.

    I like a nice carbon-arc, powered off the 250V 3-phase, myself.

    (Don’t forget your welding goggles.)

    Posted by mojo on 2008 03 26 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  130. 128:

    World Time

    I don’t think it is meant to be the same time everywhere, but at the same hour in your part of the world on Saturday - ie 29 March 8pm.

    cheers

    Posted by peter m on 2008 03 26 at 11:28 PM • permalink

  131. #65- Terribly sorry Old Fruit, but Kommodore Kev has ordered ordered all wicks be extinguished during this homage to the Prince of Darkness, excepting of course his entourage and RAAF-supplied crew and platform* for his 18 day Embarassathon around the world. Hopefully the Chicoms won’t decide that the omens look rather 有先見之明的 for another Long March down the Bruce Highway on Saturday night.

    *Ibelieve 36 Sqn had to hand over a C17 for the trip rather than the more traditional BBJ when the Great Navigator announced he was bringing the missus. Not a total waste of money either- if it can handle this exercise, an M1A1 will be a doddle.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 03 27 at 12:00 AM • permalink

  132. The University of Newcastle Staff Newsletter has just come around, and, sure enough, the lead story is about turning our lights off on Saturday night so that

    you can join millions of
    others across Australia in sending a powerful global message that it
    is possible to take action on climate change.
    Sorry, not me. I’ll be the one with every light blazing as I watch imported (air mail) DVDs while shovelling down a meal of good red meat. Count me amongst the enlightened!

    Posted by EdwardM on 2008 03 27 at 01:34 AM • permalink

  133. It’s said that mushrooms are fed shit, and thrive in the dark.
    Well, I’m no bloody mushroom and I ain’t goin’ to do either. Hang the expense, I’m goin’ to be flickin’ quite a few switches.
    As for these GW/CC nutters? Well the lights went out for them a long time ago.
    I’m with Bolta on this one - a denialist and damn proud of it.

    Posted by jorjac on 2008 03 27 at 02:34 AM • permalink

  134. #131 - Are you joking about the C17???  We are supporting Ops in how many places and they are going to use a C17 to support Kruddie on a world jaunt?  Please tell me it is a joke.

    Posted by Razor on 2008 03 27 at 02:42 AM • permalink

  135. #25 Congrats! That’s just the perfect gift for an arsehole like Keating. Keep a little bit for that number one Scores fan Kevvie though.

    Posted by jorjac on 2008 03 27 at 02:44 AM • permalink

  136. 134- The theory of antropomorphic global warming may deny a few laws of physics, but it’s got nothing on the sort of avoidance of natural law involved in getting Therse Rein’s arse through the cargo door of a 737, let alone defying gravity with a couple of mere P&W CFM56s to get that mass off the deck defies consideration.

    Seriously, it was a gag, but under the guidelines of loadmaster safety margins I would’ve thought a Globemaster would be the bare minimum to lift the mass of the (wax)munchkin’s missus. Unless of course they give here a helium enema prior to take-off, and leave her to float about the cabin during flight.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 03 27 at 02:59 AM • permalink

  137. #136
    Michellin Woman? OOoh, look. I have a pic!

    Posted by kae on 2008 03 27 at 04:38 AM • permalink

  138. #121 Olrence: “let there be light and ashes”, except now I think I should have used the nominative case (cinere). My Latin is crap.

    Posted by Jim Whyte on 2008 03 27 at 10:11 AM • permalink

  139. #130 - Thanks, peter, that makes my life much easier—I’ll think of some way to join with the forces here & celebrate civilization, modern technology, & the breathtaking riches of our world.

    Posted by KC on 2008 03 27 at 09:50 PM • permalink

  140. I’m putting off everything (washing, drying cleaning etc) until 1 minute into what I’m calling the Hour of Power. I’m sacrificing here peoples - hope it’s bloody appreciated!!

    I wont be there to witness but with timers I don’t have to be.

    Posted by Srekwah on 2008 03 28 at 06:40 AM • permalink

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