PEOPLE NOT DRONES

Jeremy Bruno considers Earth Hour:

I don’t think people are drones or idiots, but I do believe that we are misguided and give far too much credit to the changing public face of environmentalism to ploys like Earth Hour. The rise in the price of fuel, the crashing large-home market and a looming recession are far more likely to reduce energy consumption in this country.

Way to look on the bright side, pal. This must be what Al Gore is talking about when he says: “We can solve the climate crisis.” Meanwhile, sing along with Earth Hour the band:

On Saturday night we were heading to the Jack Johnson gig, I told my sister it was earth hour between 8-9pm … She said “I’ve never heard of them. I hope they’re good”

Posted by Tim B. on 03/31/2008 at 06:31 PM
    1. The rise in the price of fuel, the crashing large-home market and a looming recession are far more likely to reduce energy consumption in this country.

      Oh that’s all right then. I was afraid that things might get better instead, and we all know that we can’t have that.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 03 31 at 07:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T – Did anyone see the execrable Wil Anderson on the Comedy thingo last night? I was at a friend’s and they turned it over to that channel for a half hour or so.

      Jesus wept. The man is not only an imbecile but managed to be even less funny than the previous lows he had set on The Glass House.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2008 03 31 at 07:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Earth Hour would be a complete joke except for the fact that my 7 year old daughter had decided based on advice from her teacher that it was a good idea to have all of her friends over for a candle lit dinner.

      We distracted her by staying at the Easter show until it was over. Not much evidence of dimmed lights there.

      Posted by allan on 2008 03 31 at 07:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Aaaaalways look on the briiiight side of life- doo doot, doo doot, deedootydootydoot

      Posted by Nathan_C on 2008 03 31 at 08:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s possible people are starting to get a clue about this whole environmentalism thing, which started off as a pretty good idea, and ended up being the plaything of the lunatic fringe.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 31 at 08:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. I would say that vastly reducing the earth’s human population would also reduce energy consumption.

      Sadly, those who worry the most about global wormening and dwindling energy supplies are the last people who would volunteer to be reduced.

      Posted by Bishop on 2008 03 31 at 08:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yep.
      It’s certainly raised awareness.
      Of what I’m not quite sure.
      Is it to use less power?
      Is it to use less petrol?
      Is it to spew out less CO2 for that hour?Whatever, at least awareness has been raised.

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 31 at 08:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. And that’s the main thing.

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 31 at 08:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bruno is right. Want to make people use less fuel, make it more expensive. It is basic economics. It is also basic economics that if the cost of energy is too expensive you risk a recession or a depression. When you get to a depression the environmental gains are wiped out. If you can’t afford energy, you can’t afford to be green either. They go hand in hand.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 03 31 at 09:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm, and as we in WA just returned back to normal time from daylight saving time, I wonder how many realise how much nonesense this earth hour was in terms of what was gained, or lost, by having daylight saving?

      Cynic I am, I wonder if earth hour was a ploy to see how many citizens could be gulled into obeying the order to turn off lights and attend Hour Long meetings?

      I must be a rabid, rightwing to even contemplate such heresy!

      Posted by Louis on 2008 03 31 at 09:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6 What’s lurking to kill us?
      AIDS, Ebola, who knows.
      AQ could solve all our problems yet.
      Monsters from the Id.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 31 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4

      Cheer up Nathan!

      (Incidently, this record is available in the foyer.)

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 31 at 09:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re: my #12

      Never mind the comments. It looks like a group of juveniles are having a slap fight.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 31 at 09:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. What’s lurking to kill us?
      AIDS, Ebola, who knows.
      AQ could solve all our problems yet.
      Monsters from the Id.
      You don’t understand.  Conservative types are supposed to volunteer to be eradicated because they(me) just don’t understand that without us the terrorists would cease their depredation.

      Good lefties are not to volunteer because they will be needed to run the world after all the knuckle-draggers are gone.

      Posted by Bishop on 2008 03 31 at 09:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t think people are drones or idiots …

      At least, he’s not contemptuous of the layperson.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 03 31 at 10:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. National Public Radio, our US taxpayer subsidized radio network, had a slobbering take on Earth Hour even as they essentially conceded it was a meaningless failure*.

      Most irksome but least surprising, the guest was a “journalist” for Time magazine who was in actuality an AlGore-sanctifying nut.

      Jebus, was I pissed off listening to that.
      ______________________
      *Mostly it was a failure, according to the host, because the Aussie planners failed to take into account the NCAA basketball tournament on television. As if people who can’t be arsed to shut off basketball will turn off the air conditioning when it’s sweltering! Some tree huggers will be getting a beatdown then.

      Posted by JDBagain on 2008 03 31 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16 – Goshdarnit, if only humans would stop organising events, then Earth Hour could truly succeed.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 31 at 10:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16

      Don’t you most enjoy that it’s your tax money that is being used to insult your intelligence?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 31 at 10:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, it’s only the LARGE home market that’s crashing… Bozo hasn’t priced freaking bungalows here in LA…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 03 31 at 11:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. G’day. It struck me that burning candles is a comparatively dirty process compared to coal-fired electricity generation. A quick Google later and I found this…

      http://enochthered.wordpress.com/2008/03/31/earth-hour-candles-and-carbon/

      The money quote:
      “The widespread practice of misguided eco-Luddites turning off their lights for Earth Hour and burning candles as a source of light is grossly misguided and actually contributes to increased carbon dioxide emissions.”

      *sigh*

      Posted by Paul on 2008 03 31 at 11:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Notice that Jeremy Bruno doesn’t mention Global Warming or Climate Change, just “conservation”.
      Jeremy doesn’t see the sense in ‘Earth Hour’ but rather urges year-round awareness of the energy conservation (he rarely has “more than one light on in our home at a time”), but why? – so future generations can waste it?
      There are finite amounts of energy producing resources on earth, so why try to conserve them? The sooner they’re exhausted, the sooner people will be forced to adopt and perfect ‘renewables’.
      Of course his motivation may be to save money, something everyone can relate to, but there are many alternative ways to do that.The main aim of ‘Earth Hour’ is to implant and reinforce a sense of guilt, every time you turn on a switch.
      Guilt is a very powerful control mechanism, a fact that the Catholic Church has known for centuries. It has the power to change governments.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2008 04 01 at 03:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey! What numbnuts turned off the lights? Now the looters have stolen my television and my autographed Nervous Norbert record album.  And my power bill has gone up by $67 a month every time the pull this stunt, because of the energy required to return my home to 73 degrees.
      A better conservation measure would be pulling the plug on every publicaly funded environmental project and welfare.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2008 04 01 at 06:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. #2: I saw 30 seconds of that crap and the rest on fast forward same for all the other local ‘comics’. Even the imports were just barely watchable but the Australian contingent was a plain embarrassment to anyone involved.

      The whole 1 and a half hour program lasted about 15 minutes on the vcr (the only way I watch free to air content) and that was 15 minutes lost. Never again, for charity or otherwise.

      Posted by Srekwah on 2008 04 01 at 08:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #16 JDBagain – 

      National Public Radio, our US taxpayer subsidized radio network, had a slobbering take on Earth Hour even as they essentially conceded it was a meaningless failure … Mostly it was a failure, according to the host, because the Aussie planners failed to take into account the NCAA basketball tournament on television.

      And who was playing during Earth Hour?  Xavier University, which is located in … Cincinnati.

      And who was Xavier playing?  West Virginia University who was being coached by the former coach of … the University of Cincinnati.

      And how did George Bush become reelected in 2004?  By taking Ohio, by the strength of Republican voters in … Cincinnati.

      Fools!  Connect the dots.  It’s a conspiracy I tell ya.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 01 at 12:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here in the outer lostness of DC, I didn’t hear a peep—not a one!—about Earth Hour, and nor a peep did I see on tv.  As far as I could tell, all the neighbors had their usual lights on…and all the bars were, as I am told, in full operation…

      Posted by ushie on 2008 04 01 at 12:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Forget it, Wron – It’s Ohio

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 01 at 01:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Guilt is a very powerful control mechanism, a fact that the Catholic Church has known for centuries.

      And Jewish mothers, too, don’t forget.

      Posted by steveH on 2008 04 01 at 02:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is OHIO an acronym? For what?

      Cheers

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 04 01 at 04:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Acronym Definition
      OHIO Only Handle It Once
      OHIO Open Host Interface Objects
      OHIO Zero Human Intervention Operation (also seen as 0HIO or ZHIO)HTH (sense 1). HAND (sense2)!

      Posted by Mary in LA on 2008 04 01 at 06:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ohio: The State that says “Hello!” in Japanese.

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 01 at 06:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Biologist Edward O. Wilson:

      Communism: Great idea, wrong species!

      Posted by aaron_ on 2008 04 01 at 06:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Biologist, hell – Myrmicologist.

      He studied ants.

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 02 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

  1. mojo:

    Ohio: The State that says “Hello!” in Japanese.

    It’s more like “Good Morning!”, IIRC.

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2008 04 02 at 10:22 AM • permalink