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Andrew Bolt reader Alan reports:
During Earth Hour last night we drove 40km across Sydney to a party.
I saw no evidence of anybody turning their lights out. Houses were ablaze, shopping centres all lights blazing, restaurants, servos – all brightly-lit business as usual.
At the party the subject moved to ‘earth hour’ and GW generally. Even Al Gore and Nic Stern. Melting glaciers and drowning polar bears copped a mention. Surprisingly, dare I say, switched on bunch at this party.
The consensus, and I mean consensus, with no dissenting voice, was one of anger at the GW con job mixed with guffawing at the stupidity of the Gores and Flannerys of the world.
Pathetic ratings for Ten’s Cool Aid fiasco and the Climate Change Coalition’s tiny State election vote might also point to a growing trend towards mockery and dismissal of globey warming hysterics. Which would be bad news for Kevin Rudd, who is banking on fear of warmening to win the next election:
Labor is treating climate change as a near religious issue while the government is working to reduce its effects by practical measures, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
“We are about substance, we’re about real achievement, practical achievement, things that work,” Mr Turnbull told Network Ten today.
Conversely, Labor is looking at climate change in a religious sense, he said.
“For Labor it’s a religious issue,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Labor is verging on becoming fanatical about this issue in the sense that they do not care how poor we have to become as long as we become pure.”
Meanwhile Greenists become ever more puritanical. Here’s another Earth Hour-related Bolt reader comment:
We went to the Swans v. Eagles game (Swans lost by 1 point again!) and left the lights on at home in protest. Came home to find a note on the door from our green neighbours …
- TV news in the US showed a brightly lit Sydney while the talking head, with absolutely no hint of irony or humor, described it as a blackout to reduce global warming.Posted by Latino on 2007 04 01 at 12:29 PM • permalink
- Anyone check to see they used the carbon-neutral
If you didn’t, you are just part of the problem in trying to save Mother Earth.
- Lovely folks, the note-leavers:
…the ones who drive a combivan that continuously spews clouds of exhaust and who took control of the neighbourhood’s compost heap and made a complete mess of it while loudly proclaiming their virtuousness.
Typical Bolshies.Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 04 01 at 01:23 PM • permalink
- Has Earth Hour started to ricochet yet?Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 04 01 at 01:26 PM • permalink
- Good news, but points off for the “practical measures” cant. If the gummint can’t keep the streets paved, crime down and taxes low, can it really think we’ll believe it can fix the weather?Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 01 at 01:44 PM • permalink
- The grudge I hold against the environazis is that they’ve made a complete mockery of responsible, sustainable environmentalism. They’re more interested in imposing socialism and a third world lifestyle on the rest of us than they are in actually keeping the environment clean and liveable (while not destroying our economy). Bunch of frickin’ hypocrites.
- You know, my neighbors are welcome to piss away as much electricity as they can afford. As for me, I will continue to wirebrush my kids for leaving the lights on all the time, because I have to goddam pay for it.Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2007 04 01 at 03:46 PM • permalink
- #8, there is no need for the qualification, RebeccaH, if you notice, the cleanest environments also happen to be the one’s with the most advanced economies.
Although some may argue they are the ones without the footprint of man, but this would betray a strange sort of self hate: man is not the only successful species to cause imbalances in an ecosystem.
- #7 Richard,
You are not getting it, man. Practical measures are not about fixing the climate. The gummint knows that climate can’t be “fixed”. Practical measures are about pretending you are fixing the climate while spending the money in other, more practical things.Posted by ElectronPower on 2007 04 01 at 06:27 PM • permalink
- HI MaRGO’S, I got you and Tim B a present an authentic bag of Can-berr-an fireworks…
Sing Song Ode to public servants in Canberra.(ting means triangle)
Flexi time, ting, we’re public servants doing flexi time, ting,
We get to work at half past nine on flexi time, ting
We love our work cause the unions make it fine! ting ting…
Will chat more today about some lovely exhibits and thingies while I visited Snoopy snooze Canberra. Highly recommended things to do!
Remember, Blair news, it’s gutsy and it’s good smootches timb
- Turnbull was also in fine form this morning on Radio National Breakfast, where Fran Kelly was stoutly defending the ludicrous ALP emissions ‘target’ of 2050. Turnbull, as he did with Tony Jones, has no hesitation in turning the spotlight on his interlocutor, and was openly mocking Fran and quizzing her on what she thought the 2050 target really meant, if anything. She was reduced to stammering non sequiturs, and sounded very uncomfortable at this unexpected turning of the inquisitorial table. Link not up yet, but well worth a listen.
- Labor last got on the religion bandwagon 30 years ago with the Gaia-like belief in Aboriginal Sacred Land – Saviour of Civilisation.
It was meant to be The Great Aboriginal Leap Forward [to use his preferred Maoist terminology.]
It won the ALP many votes from all the irreligious trendies, sustained the ABC and the Aboriginal Industry for many years, and ruined the lives of uncounted Aborigines who decided to rot in unsustainable communities, rather than join the modern world..
Now will offering these failed, isolated communities free Prius cars, wind and solar power, solve their economic and social problems??
Not bloody likely.
Kevin Rudd is now running the Great Gorian Religion – with the same likely results for everyone if he succeeds….
- a note on the door from our green neighbours …
Better that than what me and the old man did to a fanatical hawthorn supporter after they lost in the grand final one year.
We spraypainted his dog eagles colours because he wasnt home for us to gloat at himPosted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 04 01 at 08:47 PM • permalink
- I like this, so I crosspost myself from Bolt’s place:
A good sign of a religion is always the use of candles, and the morally vain Lightouters proved their stupidity by adding to air pollution and fire danger with them. And aren’t they made from animal fats?
I have an idea. When the only legal light bulbs are fluoros [in 3 years?], the Government Saviour Department [my new term, nice isn’t it] can dictate that they each must be one candle power.
The trendies will love them, but everyone will conform, and save the air too!
-Except that the rich will buy 1000s of them – just like in the old days of the Luddites!
- A hymn for the 2000’s
Al Gore’s my Shepherd, I’ll not think.
I know he’d never lie
In gestures green; He leadeth me
The rising water’s nigh!
The world He will restore again;
With carbon credits he doth sell
From his Palace of righteousness,
The plebs must in hovels dwell.
Yea, though I spruik up Earth’s dark hour,
Yet will I fear until;
Electricity’s banned; and life’s become
A Fourteenth century thrill.
My Planet has been warmened
By evil modern life;
My head doth tilt, I turn off lights,
And halt climatic strife.
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in Gore’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 04 01 at 10:11 PM • permalink
- “For Labor it’s a religious issue,” Mr Turnbull said.
Might I add: For all the true believers it’s a religious issue.Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2007 04 01 at 10:12 PM • permalink
- A good sign of a religion is always the use of candles, and the morally vain Lightouters proved their stupidity by adding to air pollution and fire danger with them. And aren’t they made from animal fats?
If they’re tallow candles, yes, but such are rare these days (at least in civilization). Less rare are beeswax candles, made of … well … beeswax. Most candles are made of paraffin, which is a *whispers* petroleum product.
- How many coal-fired power stations were turned off between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Saturday? These people are insane.Posted by The Leadster on 2007 04 01 at 10:59 PM • permalink
- The Australian said that Sydney:
saved the equivalent in CO2 of taking six family cars off the road for a year
….not even. The same article said:
Energy Australia said there was a 10.2 per cent cut in power use in Sydney’s CBD during Earth Hour, with 24 tonnes of CO2 saved. By comparison, the average car produces six tonnes of CO2 a year
..That’s four family cars off the road.
- A Jennifer Marohasy correspondent here on candles and CO2
(Hi 1.6)Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 01 at 11:28 PM • permalink
- I agree with Bolt reader Alan.
Friends and neighbours, even my punter mates up at the PubTAB on Saturday afternoons reckon GW is total bullshit.
Everybody I’ve talked to about GW and it’s alarmists reckon it’s horseshit.
The media and the evangelists like Koche, Flannery, Adams and his missus, far from convincing us plebs, are turning themselves into figures of ridicule.
- One gets the impression Malcolm has been getting his material from this blog.
I guess we’ll know for sure if he tells some slaphead in parliament to suck his nuts.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 01 at 11:36 PM • permalink
- There has to be a small killing, as well as a few laughs to be had, selling candles at the next Earth Hour.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 01 at 11:49 PM • permalink
- Actress’s eeee-vil smile whilst releasing carbon and a cocktail of pollutants into the atmosphere.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 01 at 11:54 PM • permalink
- Eeeek! Is Blanchette in the pay of big oil?Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 02 at 12:01 AM • permalink
- So the tentacles of the oil industry haven’t got you yet, and you would like to use soy candles next time?
Sorry eco-losers, but wiki tells us that most soy candles are made from genetically modified soy.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 02 at 12:16 AM • permalink
- In addition to running more doctored images of Earth Hour, the SMH today reported that WWF-Australia chief Greg Bourne, the prime organiser of Earth Hour, flew out to Singapore just after Earth Hour finished.
Bourne wants Australians to change their lifestyle to save the planet but is unwilling to do it himself, indulging himself with a carbon-powered overseas junket.
The Border Mail in Albury, a Fairfax masthead, used the Age’s Sunday “images” today captioned:
Even the lights that remained burning seemed to shine less brightly during Earth Hour in
Sydney on Saturday night.
- #34 – You’d be surprised how many ministerial advisers and other APS staff of influence read this blog 🙂
If the tyranical socialists get up in the election in November, one thing they will never have experienced before is the constant scrutiny of a Right Wing Blog. The MSM will be trawling these places looking for material to rubbish a left wing government – how else will they keep the punters entertained?Posted by CanberraNeoCon on 2007 04 02 at 07:20 AM • permalink
- Being of that age where my first decade was the 50’s I have first hand knowledge of what it was like to have a low carbon footprint. In our house we had no refrigerator, no car, no tv, forget air conditioning, mum washed clothes and dishes by hand.
Our hot water heater was a little electic model that made showers completely unenjoyable and at that the cost of running it was so high that mum filled a bath tub and all the kids shared it.
There were frequent ‘brown outs’ and ‘black outs’. Candle use to us was not a novelty and many a dinner was cooked over an open fire in the back yard. An outdoor pan dunny completed the eco picture. As far as I can see, the greenies want us to return to this scenario as a ‘sustainable’ lifestyle choice. Trust me, from the bottom of my heart: they only desire this because they have never experienced it. It was awful at the time and would create mass suicide if it was tried today.
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