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Last updated on June 24th, 2017 at 10:40 am

Victorians continue to observe Earth Hour:

Thousands of Victorian homes and businesses will remain without power this weekend – and beyond – as the cost of this week’s unprecedented windstorm mounts.

Around 20,000 of the 420,000 homes whose supply was knocked out by the storms remained cut off tonight, most of them in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Exactly where many concerned warmenistas dwell. They should enjoy further fine meals at any of Melbourne’s excellent dark restaurants.

(Via Infidel Tiger)

UPDATE. Last weekend, Melbourne darkness good:


This weekend, Melbourne darkness bad:


UPDATE II. A festival of Earth Hour ambivalence from Guy Beyes:

As an Australian I am sort of proud that the Earth Hour event has now taken off all over the world. Practically speaking of course I am not sure the event achieves all that much, but if it continues as an annual event it will serve as a potent global reminder of the importance of tackling climate change issues …

I suppose a slightly broader question is whether events like this are really worthwhile, when all things are considered. Regular readers of this blog will probably not be surprised to hear that I think they are, although

For more about ALP member Guy, who is frantically concerned about energy use and climate change, check his European travel posts.

UPDATE III. A Seth Efrican report:

The two million Sydney residents who organisers said turned off their lights for 60 minutes during Saturday night’s Earth Hour had a nasty shock when they opened their newspapers the next morning.

They learned that the carbon emissions saved did no more than snuff out those of a single average Sydney resident over one year.

Snuffing out residents seems to be the aim.

(Via Pete N.)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/04/2008 at 12:03 PM
    1. Exactly where many concerned warmenistas dwell.

      Any wagers that the Alinta phone operators are getting an earful from disgruntled warmenistas?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 04 at 12:35 PM • permalink


    1. Well, of course the second picture is bad.  Her light source is a battery-powered flashlight (would that be a “torch” for you Aussies?), as opposed to the carbon-spewing candles in photo one.

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 04 04 at 12:51 PM • permalink


    1. BTW:  Is that Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in the first shot??

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 04 04 at 12:53 PM • permalink


    1. Good? Bad? I’m the guy with the gun.
      — Army of Darkness

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 04 at 12:57 PM • permalink


    1. …check his European travel posts.

      What? Another sanctimonious hypocrite? A sniveling sanctimonious hypocrite, no less!

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 04 at 01:27 PM • permalink


    1. Chose Darkness:  It is good.
      Have Darkness forced upon you:  It is bad.

      Posted by ushie on 2008 04 04 at 01:42 PM • permalink



      Posted by akornzombie on 2008 04 04 at 01:49 PM • permalink


    1. This guy Guy (you know what I mean) is a member of the Australian Fabian Society? Isn’t that just a little…quaint? I bet he’s the only kid on his block to own a complete set of the works of Sidney and Beatrice Webb (probably with marginal notes by George Bernard Shaw). I wonder if he’s hooked up with the “Wobblies”, too?

      He writes on his web site: “These guys [That’s us!] are to climate change issues what kids taking mobile phone pictures up women’s skirts are to clothes shopping.” If a lamer analogy has been coined at any time in the history of mankind, I am unaware of it.

      “Offensive, irrelevant, and just plain pathetic.” That’s us, too, according to Guy. But it would have been more appropriate for someone who apparently clings to Victorian-era socialism to call us “cads, mountebanks and poltroons”.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 04 at 02:10 PM • permalink


    1. Tex – they didn’t really need the candles in photo one, the skyline was providing plenty of illumination.

      Posted by bgates on 2008 04 04 at 02:56 PM • permalink


    1. The clerk was able to show the customer the pen he was looking for, but unable to ring up the sale since the register needs dreaded electricity to operate.

      Earth Hour – good for progressive self-esteem…bad for the economy (unless you sale candles, carbon offsets, and horses)

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 04 04 at 03:27 PM • permalink


    1. Obviously Big Wax (a subsidiary of RuddCo) got hold of Dick Cheney’s Eeeevil Weather Machine™ (pat.pend.).

      Posted by SoberHT on 2008 04 04 at 03:42 PM • permalink


    1. ”…..this week’s unprecedented windstorm …..”
      Any local over the age of thirty-five knows that is nonsense.
      Later on, the item implies that the blackouts are due to ‘privatization’.
      Every so called news item in the age pushes some agenda or other.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2008 04 04 at 04:06 PM • permalink


    1. Everybody likes to play dress up and camp out in a tent in the back yard sometimes, but it stops being fun when you can’t stop pretending and go back to civilization for real.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 04 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. Any weather “event” (for want of a better word) which is uncommon is immediately labelled a result of global warming/climate change.
      Any weather which doesn’t fit with some ridiculous “norm” is labelled weird. I don’t understand how many of these labellers can say that it’s weird when they’ve lived through similar summers/winters/droughts etcetera.Did anyone else see the stupid gardening show on 7? “This furniture is amazing” wheezed Johanna. “It’s made from bamboo. Bamboo is the best renewable resource. From harvest time it only takes five years to regrow. This furniture will look good in ***(?)’s garden.” (Do I need to say that the gardens were all about climate change and raising awareness of global warming?)
      (Oh, and did I mention sustainability?)

      Posted by kae on 2008 04 04 at 04:56 PM • permalink


    1. #14 kae: A lot of the home improvement/home buying shows on cable, these days, try to emphasize “greenness” (and are usually hosted by some scruffy-looking pretty-boy, or a fading surfer-girl).

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 04 at 05:23 PM • permalink


    1. I recommend an Earth Friendly Candle Saver.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2008 04 04 at 06:28 PM • permalink


    1. Ergghh,

      have you seen the faces in the first picture? Like a robbers’ dog. Que facia.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 04 04 at 07:03 PM • permalink


    1. We should send every WWF board member and Fairfax journalist down to the blacked out areas, and make them walk around wearing sandwich boards reading, “I hate electricity”.

      I predict scenes similar to Die Hard III (correct episode?) where Bruce Willis walks around Harlem proclaiming that he hates niggers.

      Except there will be no Samuel L Jackson around to save their sorry arses.

      Good riddance.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2008 04 04 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Wind up machines needed.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 04 at 08:03 PM • permalink


    1. A lefty co-worker opened a meeting this week by asking everyone if they had ‘celebrated’ Earth Hour. I told her that I turned on every light in my house for the hour and that I and many others celebrated Power Hour.

      To look at her face, you’d think I had just killed a kitten in front of her.

      Priceless. I’ll have to do this more often.

      Posted by pyreal on 2008 04 04 at 08:45 PM • permalink


    1. You know, once my parents took me to this Italian restaurant in our Miami neighborhood. It was not only “romantically” candlelit but so dark that I couldn’t see my plate. Which was a good thing, I think, because my spaghetti tasted as if it had been left in the hot Florida sun for approximately five weeks.

      We got our money back.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 04 04 at 10:09 PM • permalink


    1. Is everybody ready for Earth Day 2008, April 22?  I’m buying all new (incandescent) light bulbs so I can turn on all lights in the house.

      It will look very festive.

      Posted by miriams ideas on 2008 04 04 at 10:58 PM • permalink


    1. Tracee Hutchison supports Earth Hour solar-panels

      Fifty-eight per cent of Australian adults took part in Earth Hour.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 04 at 10:59 PM • permalink


  1. Darkness, darkness, be my pillow …

    Posted by Achillea on 2008 04 05 at 01:06 AM • permalink