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Thursday, March 20, 2008

An hour of darkness will come

That’s not a cryptic prophecy of some kind. An hour of darkness will come at 8 pm on March 29 for Earth Hour.

I remember "Earth Days"—the blackout that affected much of the eastern seaboard back in  2003. I don't recall whether the Rosewater Supper Club was serving organic lettuce by candlelight at that time.

Lights out in major cities has a depressing, quiet and eerie feel to it. I first experienced it in Communist Poland—where prior to 1989 many lights were out every night (and not because people were trying to be green). Ditto for the dark streets of east Berlin ten years after Communism fell. Not a great way for a girl to get home from late night classes. In other parts of the world, like El Salvador and Mexico(off the resort path) again, the flickering of a broken fluorescent bulb is more the norm than the exception.

But you know what? I support this Earth Hour so every spoiled westerner can feel and see what it’s like when the lights dim. As we congratulate ourselves for "making a difference" over a night of organic greens, perhaps some will turn their thoughts to those parts of the world where they don’t take basics (like light) for granted.

I don’t feel guilty for having these benefits. I want the rest of the world to achieve the same. I’m not going to deny the family living in poverty in rural El Salvador plumbing and electricity so that we can keep the  earth cool and dark.

"See the difference you can make" is the Earth Hour slogan. "See a difference?" Well, not as I sit in the dark, I sure won't. Earth Hour--taking us toward a bold new dark age. Literally.

 

Cross-posted to ProWomanProLife.

Posted by Andrea Mrozek on March 20, 2008 | Permalink

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Good post, Andrea. If the Goreacle, Suzuki et al get their way, we will have lots more hours and days of black-outs and they won't be the touchy-feely results of volunteer do-goodism. They will occur because the windmills and solar panels that will have replaced fossil-fuel energy generators will have been shut down to "fight climate change".


"Climate change", by the way, has replaced "global warming" in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers. I guess they noticed that there hasn't actually been any warming for about 10 years now so they have had to retreat from their centre-piece terminolgy so they can keep the boogey-man alive.

Posted by: JMD | 2008-03-20 7:36:55 AM


I propose to put every light in and around the house on at full intensity for this hour. A Candle Against the Darkness Hour. The darkness is the Age of Ignorance we are entering as the fruits of the Renaissance and Western science are trashed by false gods like Gore, Suzuki et al.

Posted by: Patrick B | 2008-03-20 9:53:20 AM


The Rosewater Supper Club Earth Hour Organic Candlelight Dinner VS. Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement.
Times sure have changed.

Patrick B: I'm in.

Posted by: Bocanut | 2008-03-20 10:05:40 AM


My city sent people door to door handing out flourescent outdoor bulbs. Then I found out they contain high levels of mercury that might poison me if I break it. I have a mind to demand they come and take it back.

Posted by: dp | 2008-03-20 10:19:33 AM


JMD : ""Climate change", by the way, has replaced "global warming" in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers. I guess they noticed that there hasn't actually been any warming for about 10 years now so they have had to retreat from their centre-piece terminolgy so they can keep the boogey-man alive. "

Actually JMD, it happened the other way around. A few years back in a leaked memo called Straight Talk, a language strategist named Frank Luntz advised his Republican clients to stop calling it Global Warming, but instead call it Climate Change because, "Climate change is less frightening than 'global warming, Global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge." (From page 142 of Straight Talk on the Environment by the Luntz Research Companies).

Here's a sample scan:
http://www.ewg.org/oil_and_gas/pdf/LuntzMemo_Energy.pdf

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 10:38:21 AM


"My city sent people door to door handing out flourescent outdoor bulbs. Then I found out they contain high levels of mercury that might poison me if I break it. I have a mind to demand they come and take it back."

As part of your mercury purge, here's what else you an have them pick up (they're gonna need a big truck):

http://www.mercuryexposure.org/index.php?page_id=29

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 10:46:25 AM


PR:

Has there been a time in earth's history where climate has NOT changed?

What are the optimum conditions, that is, the ideal climate?

Has man ever been able to control naturally-occuring phenomenon or is man part of nature?

If laws are passed to get the earth to this arbitrary ‘perfect climate,' will the sun obey those laws? Will those geothermal forces obey man-made laws?

My impression is the Green Party you are trying to market is nothing more than a modern-day version of King Kanute, who believed he could change direction of the tides based on his earthly powers.

Did not work then. Will not work now. It's a total delusion.

Not buying. I'll continue to be as individually responsible as I can, but will never succumb to self-righteous control freaks within the Green movmement.


Posted by: set you free | 2008-03-20 11:12:00 AM


"PR: Has there been a time in earth's history where climate has NOT changed? What are the optimum conditions, that is, the ideal climate?"

Hm? You've totally lost me. I was talking about JMD's comment about who swapped "warming" for "change". What does the history of a memo about a talking point have to do with King Kanute?

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 11:40:37 AM


PR,

There's a huge canyon between this single memo by some unknown individual on one side vs. any indication that the Republican clients actually listened and then orchestrated a concerted effort at spinning the phrase.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 11:46:19 AM


The hypocrisy of this stinks. Those opposed to free state funded abortions at any stage, SSM or whatever, are accused of wanting to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else. Usually with the claim that they are "right-wing religious extremists".

So here we have an authentic case of some group imposing their religious beliefs on everyone else. I say keep them to yourself and butt out.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-03-20 12:03:28 PM


"some unknown individual on one side"

Frank Luntz is an unknown individual on one side? In a search through newswire feeds alone he shows up over 7,000 times. He co-authored the Contract with America with Newt Gingrich. He was enormous in Washington.

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 12:03:41 PM


How high can pile crap before is falls over?

Posted by: John West | 2008-03-20 12:15:34 PM


PR,

"He was enormous in Washington."

I'm not in Washington. Gingrich, I know. Luntz, I don't.

That still doesn't connect the dots to the wide spread turning of the phrase TODAY.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 12:18:44 PM


JMD at 7:36 AM ""Climate change", by the way, has replaced "global warming" in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers"

Me at 10:38 am "Actually JMD, it happened the other way around."

H2O at 11:46: "…any indication that the Republican clients actually listened and then orchestrated a concerted effort at spinning the phrase.:

Me at 12:59 pm-ish.
When did I say the Republican's orchestrated a spin campaign? All I said was that the so-called 'climate scare-mongers' didn't start using 'climate change' as a way of upping the ante, because there's evidence that the phrase 'climate change' feels less urgent than 'global warming'. Scare mongers don't want less urgency.

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 1:07:07 PM


PR,
"All I said was that the so-called 'climate scare-mongers' didn't start using 'climate change' as a way of upping the ante, because there's evidence that the phrase 'climate change' feels less urgent than 'global warming'."

Evidence of single use is not evidence of upping the ante.

and

Absence of evidence by climate scare-mongers upping the ante is not evidence of absence.

Please connect the dots because as it stands, it looks like cherry-picking.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 1:13:01 PM


Maybe my Safari browser is sending garbled UTF-8 text, so can someone please tell H20 that all I ever said was that JMD wasn't correct in saying "Climate change, by the way, has replaced global warming in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers." Their opponents had suggested the notion as part of their own campaign as well.

In FACT, to just go back to the whole lexicon issue, I did a search of the two phrases and found neither had really replaced the other anyway, regardless of which side you looked at. So not only is it not a 'scare-mongers' trick, it's not even really happening.

11,467 from desmogblog.com for "climate change".
12,600 from desmogblog.com for "global warming"

36 from climatecrisis.net for "climate change"
58 from climatecrisis.net for "global warming"

22,590 from heartland.org for "climate change"
23,200 from heartland.org for "global warming"

211 from johnmccain.com for "climate change"
318 from johnmccain.com for "global warming"

3,286 from barackobama.com for "climate change"
6,160 from barackobama.com for "global warming".

(Results adjusted so that climate change wasn't counted inside the string 'panel on climate change', just in case that were to skew the results.)

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 2:09:12 PM


PR

JMD said
"Climate change", by the way, has replaced "global warming" in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers. "

PR replied
"Actually JMD, it happened the other way around. "

Now which other way around would that be?

1) Global warming replaced climate change in the global lexicon?

or

2) Climate scare-mongers adopted the phrase from elsewhere rather than generating it?

I inferred you meant point 2). If I was wrong please correct me, but so far, you are not doing a very good job of dispensing coherent refutations of either.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 2:16:00 PM


PR,

"So not only is it not a 'scare-mongers' trick, it's not even really happening."

So if it is not happening, why did you say?

"Actually JMD, it happened the other way around. "

Consistency would be nice.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 2:25:47 PM


JMD said
"Climate change", by the way, has replaced "global warming" in the lexicon of the climate scare-mongers. "

PR replied
"Actually JMD, it happened the other way around. "

H2o asked:
"Now which other way around would that be?"

Fair question, the grammar was vague. I should have worded it so: "Actually JMD, Climate Change was suggested as a replacement for Global Warming by a prominent advisor to the Republicans. Given the rationale the Republican advisor used for adopting 'climate change' it doesn't seem to make sense for a rival 'climate scare-monger' to also encourage the wide adoption of the term 'climate change'.

In that sense, the sense that it CC replaced GW in the 'climate polyanna' camp, it did happen the other way around. Who exactly moved first to make CC a general term is up for debate. Google indexes newsfeeds back to 2004 so that's not going to help. Amazon has books scanned but that's slow work.

Point is, it wasn't JUST a switcheroo by the scare-mongers.

Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-20 2:30:30 PM


PR,

"Point is, it wasn't JUST a switcheroo by the scare-mongers."

Your point fails to make that point.

Why? Because I ask you again to connect the dots between a single usage by a vague individual and a widely accepted phrase.

Accept, now you claim the phrase isn't being widely accepted in the first place [but if it were it was because of this single memo].

Is that about right?

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-20 2:34:09 PM


I would invoke the name of our Saviour at this point but will not, lest I offend anyone. Needless to say this bantering about whether or not who called it Climate Change or Global Warming is, to my mind, silly and juvenile. Who gives a rat's rectum who said what to whom?
Having said that, this household will join with others in ensuring all our lights and appliances are fully operational during the appointed hour.
I too well remember the great blackouts of the '60'something and in 2003. Had a whale of a time barbequing all the meat that was thawing in our freezer. Full bellies for quite a time after that!

Posted by: Gerry | 2008-03-20 3:40:03 PM


Gerry

"Had a whale of a time barbequing all the meat that was thawing in our freezer."

Mmmm. Whale meat! I hear it tastes like chicken.

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Posted by: Paulo | 2008-03-20 4:58:04 PM


Ditto, all lights will be on at our house and they aren't those screwy thingys that make people look like they've been to the embalmer either. Be sure to put them on in all clothes closets and storage areas too.

We were promised global warming, now it's climate change because we're freezing into the last days of March and beyond.

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-03-21 9:12:33 AM


John West "How high can pile crap before is falls over?"

...Bingo!

Posted by: tomax7 | 2008-03-21 9:33:13 AM


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Posted by: Paulo | 2008-03-21 11:15:17 AM


didn't we just move the clocks' back?

Posted by: brian | 2008-03-22 12:12:39 AM


"Swim by Candlelight During Earth Hour at Fairmont Royal York
Posted: 03/19/08 2:22PM
Filed Under: Travel

One of the Toronto skyline’s most prominent neon signs will go dark for sixty minutes on March 29. The occasion will mark the unification of The Fairmont Royal York with an expected 30 million people worldwide as they take a public stand on climate change. The hour of action entitled EARTH HOUR, is a global event created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Photo Gallery: A Look Inside The Fairmont Royal York
Courtesy of The Fairmont Royal York
1 of 7Royal York Exterior
One of the Toronto skyline’s most prominent neon signs will go dark for sixty minutes on March 29, 2008 for Earth Hour. The hotel is embracing Earth Hour with candlelit events.The Fairmont Royal York is the first Toronto hotel to have registered their participation. It will be joined by other hotels, businesses and various other city landmarks. Hotel guests will have the opportunity to be carbon responsible as they check in by candlelight during EARTH HOUR, beginning at 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Once The Fairmont Royal York turns off its signature rooftop sign, the building's exterior lights, sconces, display, awning and canopy lights will dim and blend into the anticipated darkness of EARTH HOUR. Inside, the lobby lights will dim and grand candelabras will be on display. Hotel guests are also encouraged to join in by turning the lights out in their rooms by way of a book mark accompanying their key cards and at the evening “turn down.”

During EARTH HOUR, The Fairmont Royal York’s Library Bar welcomes lounging guests to candlelight service and a special Earth Hour drink menu. On the menu are three limited-edition cocktails created just for this cause: The ‘Green Movement’, a delicacy in a martini glass; the ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’, a gorgeous grey martini; and the seductive ‘Global Warming’. “If you’re intimidated about energy conservation, lounging by candlelight is a romantic way to become more aware of climate change and the WWF’s EARTH HOUR movement,” says Library Bar Manager, Frank Pedicelli.

The Fairmont Royal York also invites guests to the hotel’s health club where they may swim lengths of the 15 meter pool or unwind in the whirlpool by candlelight. The entire pool area will be illuminated by 100 floating candles. The candlelight swim is offered exclusively to hotel guests from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008. "

Another reason Toronto is the laughing stock of Canada.

Posted by: bocanut | 2008-03-22 9:44:21 AM


"Another reason Toronto is the laughing stock of Canada."

And yet this moronic bunch of whacko's decides the state of government for this entire country.

Hence the entire country becomes a laughing stock.

Only in Canada. Pathetic.

Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-22 9:54:19 AM



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