March 27, 2009

Y2Kyoto: Take The Earth Hour IQ Test

Canvassers will be in your neighborhood on the evening of March 28th, collecting the darkened addresses of the really stupid...

One provincial British newspaper wrote this week: "Saving the planet could be as easy as switching off the lights in South Tyneside, green campaigners say."

It will take more than the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside, population 152,000, to solve global warming. Even if a billion people turn off their lights this Saturday, the entire event will be equivalent to switching off China's emissions for six short seconds.

...and the easily distracted.

A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

h/t Kathryn

Update: Speaking of IQ tests....


Posted by Kate at March 27, 2009 10:56 AM

A local genius suggested people use candles for "Earth hour", don't want people stumbling around in the dark breaking bones, do we!

I said to my wife,an enthusiastic supporter of EH, "should we use the whale oil or seal blubber candles", and got a small chuckle.


Posted by: dmorris at March 27, 2009 11:11 AM

In Australia last year, Earth Hour's organisers required participating businesses to pledge to reduce their emissions by 5 per cent during the following year. This year, that requirement has been dropped. "We decided we'd actually downplay (concrete cuts)this time," the chief executive of WWF Australia told The Sunday Age. There apparently has been no accounting of whether last year's sponsors lived up to their pledge.

No kidding.

Posted by: penny at March 27, 2009 11:15 AM

CTV Poll:

Does Earth Hour matter?

Posted by: Nemo2 at March 27, 2009 11:23 AM

If the UN gets its evil way, then you should get used to being in the dark as that's what it will be while you wait to find out whether you will freeze or starve to death.

If these psychopaths even try it there will be blood in the streets. Just how much do these idiots think we'll put up with??

I guess that's why the libs and dippers are desperately trying to retain the gun registry...

Posted by: Warwick at March 27, 2009 11:24 AM

Chairman Mo's bonus is going to be pretty big!

Posted by: chris in the bridge at March 27, 2009 11:28 AM

Since you like to quote Lomborg, how about this:

"global warming is real and man-made. It will have a serious impact on humans and the environment toward the end of this century"

Posted by: GreenNeck at March 27, 2009 11:37 AM

more fun with Earth Hour

Posted by: Fred at March 27, 2009 11:42 AM

Europe, where this idiocy resides, needs another major war to purge them of their ruling classes again.

Since France demolished the Bastille, I suggest storming the EU and following it up with a new terror. Executions have come a long way since the guillotine so I'm sure they'll be able to purge themselves of their jackbooted totalitarian "rulers" in record time.

Then they can disband the evil mechanisms of their EU overlords, and re-write their constitutions to ban all supranational power-shifts to unaccountable, unelected global and/or pan-European bureaucracies.

The US will have to burn down the UN headquarters and banish any survivors to Antarctica where they can do no harm while they freeze.

Posted by: Warwick at March 27, 2009 11:45 AM

Thanks for that quote greenneck... I wasn't going to turn on my appliances during earth hour in order to save money, but now I definately will. I HATE this COLD climate! Thanks!

Posted by: dj at March 27, 2009 11:46 AM

Maybe everyone can turn off their furnaces as well.

"Kansas City Council members are urging residents to turn off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30 tonight, as part of an international event called “Earth Hour.”

BUT !!

"If you’ve put away your snow shovels and winter boots, dig them out.

Late March isn’t too late for a big snow — and part of the area is going to see one on Saturday.

“We know with 100 percent certainty someone’s going to get really clobbered,” National Weather Service senior meteorologist Evan Bookbinder said Thursday.

The question is: Who?

The incoming storm system — already battering western Kansas late Thursday night — is relatively narrow, Bookbinder explained. Forecasters won’t be able to pinpoint where it will hit here until it draws closer later today.

Around Kansas City, the southeast part of the metropolitan area will probably see the heaviest accumulation, potentially 6 inches or more."

Posted by: Fred at March 27, 2009 11:47 AM

lets see. you turn off the lights but the power plant has to keep running until you turn them back on again. f**king brilliant.

Posted by: old white guy at March 27, 2009 11:48 AM

Most earth hour supporters have been doing their part by shutting off all electrical activity in their brains...

And by all indicatons they have had a difficult time restarting said activity.

Posted by: bethesda guy at March 27, 2009 11:48 AM

And for those not paying attention, we've already seen a reordering of the economy, trillions of dollars of wealth have gone poof!, massive job losses with more to come, industrial relocations, new taxes, new subsidies and complicated schemes - how have you like them so far?

Or is massive economic disaster better when it's for gaia?

Posted by: Kathryn at March 27, 2009 11:50 AM


Yup, just a little more and European peasants will rise from the fields and drive out their kings and emperors with pitchforks.

People are docile while life is easy. Make life hard, people become a lot less docile.

As much as I crab about government over here in Canada, by world standards, we're doing fricken great!

Although I have to resent that Scotland has produced such vermin scum as Gordon Brown and that terrorist supporting creep GGalloway. May they get rot beneath their kilts!

Posted by: Warwick at March 27, 2009 11:55 AM

Lomberg's views are well known, and he's been quoted here before. They happen to align quite nicely with my own in one important way - that if the modelling forecasts of AGW turn out to be accurate, our best approach is adaptation, not the destruction of western economies.

Posted by: Kate at March 27, 2009 12:00 PM

nemo - actually that CTV poll is, like so many such pop polls, invalid by virtue of the questions.
It has three VALUES to its one question;
Are you turning off the lights for Earth Hour
Value 1: yes
Value 2: no
Value 3: 'what's earth hour'?

The ratio at the moment is 46,38,16. BUT, Values 1 and 2 assume that you already know what 'Earth Hour' means. Since 16% don't know, and therefore, have no intentionality to change their habits, that 16 ought to be added to value 2- No. Which brings the 'no's up to 54.

In Europe, the regular political activists who make a living protesting any hint of regulations and authority, are threatening any and all who keep their lights on. Incredible, how in the name of a rejection of authority, these people inflict tyranny.

Posted by: ET at March 27, 2009 12:02 PM

So when the power goes here due to blizzards for days on end - should the media call it "Earth Days".

What I cannot understand is why the environmental movement is not happier. The recession has helped acheived a lot of their goals: less consumption, less travel, more local gardening...

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 27, 2009 12:10 PM

Kate loved the twitter nonsense update.

The efficacy of the gun registry?

Oh that is working just wonderfully isn't it.

Yesterday they had a swath of arrests due to a hit man cooperating with police, who was responsible for some 28 hits. Every hit man is just dying to register his weapon of choice.

Oh and the gangland scene in the Lower Mainland has shown just how excellently the gun registry is working. What are we up to now 18 bodies and counting?

MORONS ONE AND ALL. Where do you find all these braying jackasses?


Hans-Christian Georg Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group "True North"

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at March 27, 2009 12:54 PM

"that’s like dismissing the efficacy of the gun registry by shooting

which some folks in toronto do... with alarming regularity... wait...


Posted by: neo at March 27, 2009 1:12 PM

Anglicans worship/celebrate Gaia with candles.
Via Media has vanished into heresy and "earth-friendly cleansers", the neo-incense of the Gaiasts.

Swing your censer, Gaia.

"Church holding candlelight service to mark Earth Hour

A candlelight service and discussion about earth-friendly cleansers are highlights of Saturday’s Earth Hour celebrations at Brockville’s Parish of St. Lawrence Anglican Church."

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2009 1:12 PM

I'm gonna turn up the heat and leave the fridge door open. Devin Johnston can come and get me.

You'll know which house is mine Devin, there'll be a giant lawnmower idling in the driveway.

Posted by: The Phantom at March 27, 2009 1:13 PM

There was a French goddess named Claire,
Who had a boyfriend named Blair.
They spent earth hour in the dark,
With no light but their spark,
And a final cry that raised everyone's hair.

Posted by: Dead Poet at March 27, 2009 1:14 PM

I gather twitter doesn't have a spell check or grammer check. (or idiot check either for that matter.)

Posted by: Texas Canuck at March 27, 2009 1:17 PM

"And for those not paying attention, we've already seen a reordering of the economy, "

Right as usual Kathryn. I've been saying for some time now that we've already lost this battle, it's time to regroup. Cap n' Trade is here, there is a consensus between our leaders. Now we must hope that PMSH knows what he is doing, and is able to protect Canadian wealth and position us to come out on top.

IMO conservatives in Canada are too busy spinning our wheels on this issue, and how we're insulted we are when someone says something we don't like. We've lost our focus(at the grassroots level), if we're going to make noise, we should be doing it towards an end like: lower taxes, free speech, LAW & ORDER, defense ect.

Posted by: Indiana Homez at March 27, 2009 1:28 PM

I'm an engineer in "the oilpatch", and I am convinced that global warming is total BS, pushed by Al "chicken little" Gore to increase profits for his carbon trading business.

But I still believe in conservation. And I still believe that wasting as much energy as you possibly can, just to "make a statement" is dumber than turning your lights off.

Posted by: Bob in Rocky View at March 27, 2009 1:29 PM

"But I still believe in conservation. "
Most of us do, but "Earth Hour" has very little to do with conservation from what I've seen.

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 27, 2009 1:33 PM

Mmmmmm. A dark Saturday evening. Candle light. No other entertainment.

It is well known that power outages cause an increase in births nine months later.

But the eco-fanatics say there are too many people on earth already !!??

[Note: the world's birth rate is falling dramatically. In another twenty years the earth's population total may actually start falling. Rug pulled]

Posted by: ron in kelowna at March 27, 2009 1:35 PM

I notice there’s a lot of uninformed supposition being thrown around here. It always helps to put figures to this kind of discussion.

1 ton of coal has an energy content of roughly 6150 kWh. The thermal efficiency of coal-fired generating stations runs from 33% to 50% at best. Let’s be generous and say that you can get 3000 kWh of electricity out of a tonne of coal. According to the CSA, the conversion ratio for coal to carbon dioxide is 2.48, so a tonne of coal produces 2480 kg of carbon dioxide. For every kWh of electricity you consume from a coal-fired generating station, therefore, you’re producing 0.83 kg of carbon dioxide.

It takes .06 kWh to run a 60-watt lightbulb for 1 hour. Let’s say you turn off 10 of them for 1 hour – you’re saving 0.6 kWh. Which means you’re saving the planet from the deadly effects of 0.496 kg of carbon dioxide.

Now, the average human being exhales 1 kg of carbon dioxide a day – more if you spend most of your waking hours bleating about how cow farts are drowning polar bears. So, logically, if everybody who’s worried about global warming would simply hold their breath for 12 hours next Saturday, they’d save the same amount of CO2 as if they all turned of 10 lightbulbs for 1 hour.

Incidentally, this solution would also go a long way towards meeting Jonathan Porritt’s objective of reducing UK carbon emissions by exterminating 50% of the population of "that sceptre'd isle". On the downside, though, video sales of algore’s crockumentary would probably decline due to the irreversible horizontalization of his target demographic.

But I’m sure ole’ Al would be willing to take one for the planet.

Posted by: DN at March 27, 2009 1:39 PM

Chris, it's slowly dawning on me that the politics are more than the event. I think I'll just STFU. :(

Posted by: Bob in Rocky View at March 27, 2009 1:39 PM

Calgary actually had an increase in energy consumption during Earth Hour 2008, according to a local radio station. A real embarassment.
So, extra effort has been made to guilt business into reducing energy usage during the 2009 event.
My outside lights will be on, front and back, during EA 2009 as they were in '08.

Posted by: BJG at March 27, 2009 1:47 PM

"But I still believe in conservation. And I still believe that wasting as much energy as you possibly can, just to "make a statement" is dumber than turning your lights off."

Yeah but it's all fun and nobody gets their eye poked out.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at March 27, 2009 1:49 PM

We turn off all electrical appliances for one hour under the illusion that this will somehow be environmentally sound and then turn them all back on again.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at March 27, 2009 1:59 PM

Just because people are told to be a dear and register their guns doesnt mean the criminal is going to bother with the paperwork.

Just because a bunch of self-righteous idiots have a candle light dinner doesnt mean the power plant is shutting down for a single hour.

I'm pulling out the old breadmaker while my oven is cleaning, we're going to find out if I can still make a mean cornbread!

Posted by: Irene Swain at March 27, 2009 2:03 PM

Wonder what's going on here ?

Remember, sarc is the default position.

Posted by: ron in kelowna at March 27, 2009 2:12 PM

Incredible, how in the name of a rejection of authority, these people inflict tyranny.
Posted by: ET at March 27, 2009 12:02 PM

Not so incredible, ET. Liberalism requires crises - either real or (more often than not) manufactured in order ramrod through policies and mandates that most people would never accept in the normal course of life. Therefore, you have the bogus crises of AGW, the "War on Poverty", the "dangers of unregulated free speech". Of course, liberals tend to balk and scoff at real threats, such as the War on Terror; they reject those out of hand for pretend issues.

It's based on people who want to control others via the authority of the state; this will always require the use of force to implement.

mhb23re at gmail d0t calm

Posted by: mhb at March 27, 2009 2:19 PM

ET: Yes, there are two polls, one at the CTV home page, and the other, to which I referred, at CTV Canada A.M.

I voted in both.

Posted by: Nemo2 at March 27, 2009 2:29 PM

I love the recent emergence of the portrayal of Conservatives just being a group that says NO all the time.

So lets see some positions on the left...

Nuclear Power...NO
Clean Coal ... NO
Seal Hunt ... NO
NATO Commitments ... NO
Free Trade .... NO
Oil Sands ... NO

I can go on and on but you can see that it just depends on the starting position which group is the NO group.

Posted by: Illiquid Assets at March 27, 2009 2:39 PM

"IQ" test in relation to E Day? Unless it has been changed to Idiot Quotient,then it has no meaning.

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 27, 2009 2:39 PM

Earth Hour means I will celebrate by using some of the great conveniences man has invented since the dark ages. Among them electricity and all manner of appliances to make life easier. That means I'll turn on TV's, every damned light in and around my home, wash a load of laundry, and dishes as well.

In our one horse town we have water meters. We conserved too well and the brains in Council are penalizing us by charging us 20% more for water and sewer. So, no I won't be obeying idiotic ideas, we'll leave that to the nuts who say we should only use one square of toilet paper per wipe.

Posted by: Liz J at March 27, 2009 2:41 PM

Liz J says "we'll leave that to the nuts who say we should only use one square of toilet paper per wipe."

Wow, you're still WIPING? Get with the the new era we'll need some way to be able to locate people in the dark. :-)

Posted by: Nemo2 at March 27, 2009 2:45 PM

I recently hard wired an exta 1500W of light into my living room (wife likes to sew). Nice white light. So much light that I can illuminate the street via my living room window.

So during EH I figure I'll turn on all the lights on the front side of the house, open all the curtains and sit by the front door with my "baby seal club" and wait for the eco-nazis to show up.

Now I know that baiting dumb animals comes with a host of ethical/moral issues as well as not being fair but in this case I think it's acceptable to reduce the number of idiots in the world and thus reduce the strain on mother earth.

Ultimately these eco-fascists believe in limiting and reducing the world's population anyway so I'll do my part and help out. To lead by example and avoid hypocrisy these ecomoonbats should volunteer to off themselves anyway.

Now I'm as green as the next guy, my question is how to recycle the carcasses. Can you compost and use as fertilizer?


Posted by: Dave_RoA at March 27, 2009 2:47 PM

Illiquid Assets @ 2:39:

You may want to add this one to the left's list of no's:

Freedom of Speech

(see commenter Ulianov saying Rush should be regulated out of business in the Rush Limbaugh thread above...)

Posted by: Soccermom at March 27, 2009 2:57 PM

I'm glad I didn't take down the Christmas lights...

Posted by: Another_Sean at March 27, 2009 3:12 PM

Well I'm giving in to the econuts. This spring I'm going to install an outhouse.
It will use no water or
electricity since I won't be installing a light.
We are thinking black for colour to take advantage of the winter sun's heat,it's the least we could do.
Think of the savings,no water,no electricity,no tp only recycled newspapers.
And in a couple of years when we need to move it we will have a very nice green square of grass in our lawn.

Posted by: sysk at March 27, 2009 3:36 PM

Could I just make a point using an analogy from Jesus Christ. In th esermon on the mount he told people to do their fasting and praying in private, unseen by others, so that they would not be showing the pain on their faces and seeking praise from fellow men for their superiority.
Here we are seeing (the most important part, to them) a bunch of people trying to conserve energy or resources for ONE HOUR, doing for that hour what we conservatives do as a part of our daily lives. I can be responsible without an audience.

Posted by: GreyOne40 at March 27, 2009 3:54 PM

Consider this----turning out lights for "Earth Hour" means you approve and are committed to surrendering your liberty on a broad venue to the discreation and whims of such luminaries as Hedy Frey, Elizabeth May, Wendy Cukier..........

Posted by: sasquatch at March 27, 2009 4:17 PM

I'm 'celebrating' Earth hour this year on a 747 between Frankfurt and Hong Kong. If I could figure out when 8:30 is on the plane (it will be a moving target for me that night) I'd turn off the light over my seat! And maybe in the in-flight entertainment if it wasn't a good movie!!

I'd light a candle too but I'm guessing that isn't allowed.

Last year we went for a walk in Copenhagen during Earth Hour and saw no visible signs of support in the streets of our neighbourhood. So my guess is that Europeans, by and large, don't care. Most of the houses were pretty dark but tv's were on because people don't waste electricity there due to the financial incentive not to. Electricity is expensive.

As a conservative, I abhor waste and I love being in Europe because there are far more logical approaches to cutting back on energy consumption (i.e. stairwells aren't lit 24 hours a day, they have light switches at each landing that turn the lights on for 3 - 5 minutes - enough time to get up or down stairs.)

That's where to have publicity campaigns, not a single hour once a year.

Posted by: CanadianKate at March 27, 2009 4:25 PM

Will Mcnair nailed it,

“that’s like dismissing the efficacy of the gun registry by shooting someone.”

Now is this particular shooting being done with a registered gun? That would make the gun registry very effective. Only registered guns are used to shoot someone.

Let's hypothesyze this particular shooting is occurring with an un-registered gun. How effective is the gun registry now? An un-registered gun is used to shoot someone.

The police should inform that individual only registered guns can be used to shoot someone.

The efficiency of the gun registry has been proven in many countries, statics show over & over again the absolute futileness and danger of such programs.

Posted by: JustAnotherWesterner at March 27, 2009 4:27 PM

I just submitted the following comments on the Law is Cool site. It's currently "pending moderation" so to speak. In case it gets lost in the ether, here it is.

"Intersting line at the end of the statement:

“Third, it suggests that the blogosphere is in dire need of a more, shall we say, Law-Is-Cool-esque level of discourse”

And what level would that be?

Would it be the level where we all think and say the same thing…because that’s what our Professors told us to think and say?

Would it be the same level that tells us to believe everything we hear because it came from the mouths of Al Gore or David Suzuki?

Would it be the same level that prevents other voices from joining the debate because they do not agree with the subscribed mantra of the Ivy League and elitist clubs?

Please share your infinite wisdom with we knuckle draggers. While you’re at it….look up the word hubris.

and if you can’t find that word…..try “dork-wad”

Geez guys…..(and girls)…if this is your level of critical thought, remind me to defend myself in court if the need every arises. Frankly, you are doing the reputation of lawyers a disservice, and given that the reputations of lawyers is below slug-slime……that’s an impressive accomplishment.

Tell you what….the next time you hear some scientist or activist tell you that Global Warming is real, and that the debate is over…ask them why they keep insisting on taxpayer grants to carry on with their “research.”

That’s basic logic folks……if the debate is officially over, then why the insistence on more money? Pehaps there is more to Global Warming that temperature….maybe money? Fame? Glory?

I daresay that many of the “scientists” on the Global Warming bandwagon are going to look like real idiots very soon. Credibility gone…funding gone, and hopefully the idiots who bought into the claptrap will start thinking for themselves.

If not…they may as well go to Law School."

Posted by: James Halifax at March 27, 2009 4:31 PM

Well put GreyOne40.

I have reduced the energy of my properties by over 40%.

How? By installing high eff furnaces, in-line water heaters, windows, doors, caulking, etc.

It has nothing to do with earth hour and everything to do with making my properties more profitable.

I have never asked for a government grant nor recognition.

On the other hand, my neighbours, who push their euro-weenie lawnmowers thinking they are saving the planet, drive around town in their gas guzzling SUV's and minivans, living their lives as hyprocrites.

Posted by: kingstonlad at March 27, 2009 4:37 PM

I was going to ignore this EH nonsense, but the more I see of it the more it makes sense to save up things that have to be done anyway, that require energy, for that time period. The power plants will not be shutting down for an hour, The peak load will be lowered slightly because of the people taken in by the campaign. Might as well make use of the excess power available during that time to do things that I would be doing anyway. I have laundry that needs to be done, some baking in the oven, plus other cooking, and a few other things. If I did them now, I would increase the peak load slightly. If I wait until tomorrow night I can use the idle capacity and thereby help the environment. Make sense?

Posted by: albertaclipper at March 27, 2009 4:40 PM

As it will be 8.30p.m. somewhere in the world I plan to leave everything on for 24 hours. And, years ago we were told by a power company guy that it takes more energy to turn lights on frequently than it does to leave them on when leaving a room. When there are real power outages, lasting for several hours, notice how long it takes to get your heat back up.
Power plants keep running, business keep open, street lights keep working, radio and tv stations keep operating. I agree that most if not all the idiots supporting earth hour, should hold their breath for the hour. But, in the past I have suggested they do this 10 minutes every hour 24/7 if they were really serious.
As for the Outhouse, we got rid of ours in the 60s when power come thru our rural area, and we dug a well. Will never go back. My grandmother always said the best invention ever was indoor plumbing.

Posted by: MaryT at March 27, 2009 4:54 PM

Good one "Nemo" @ 2:45 PM! Do you really suppose they thought that one through? Sniff, sniff.

Posted by: Liz J at March 27, 2009 5:07 PM

Great post MaryT, I concur.

Most of the idiots pushing this nonsense have no conception of what it was like to live in the era, not that long ago, when many rural people didn't have indoor plumbing, electricity and the conveniences that came with them.

Posted by: Liz J at March 27, 2009 5:13 PM

devin "look at me!" johnston is a blubbering narcissistic socialist idiot. he goes to my law school and is a douchebag who begs for anyone to pay attention to him. just look at his pathetic website.

Posted by: steve at March 27, 2009 5:23 PM

Mary T, I agree about indoor plumbing. I lived in Edson for a couple of years back in the '40s without indoor plumbing, and it was a major ordeal to trek out across the back yard through knee-deep snow in the middle of a minus 45 degree night to visit the outhouse. Never again!
I was told many years ago by an engineer from Lynn Lake, MB that they recommended that people there never turn off their lights because it drastically shortened the life of the light bulbs due to surge switching currents. Electric power generated for the smelter and provided to the locals was so cheap in those days that the cost of keeping the lights on 24/7 was just a few cents, which had to be balanced against the cost of replacing the light bulbs several times more frequently.

Posted by: albertaclipper at March 27, 2009 5:24 PM

I'm attending a beer festival at a big convention centre while earth hour is going on! Lots of carbon dioxide to be emitted for sure -all while enjoying tasty beverages - yum yum!

Posted by: Dante at March 27, 2009 5:30 PM

When the econuts did the same thing last year power plants noticed a drastic spike in power usage. Apparently shutting off all those appliances and lights caused massive power surges and in the end these loopy leftards caused more pollution. Listening to them is akin to going into an insane asylum and asking a crazy person to give you a root canal.

Posted by: Rose at March 27, 2009 5:33 PM

These greenies failed.

The correct answer is: The food chain.
"The foot bone con-nected to the (pause) leg-bone,
The leg bone connected to the (') knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the (') thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the (') back bone,
The back bone connected to the (') neck bone
The neck bone connected to the (') head bone
Oh hear the word of the Lord!" (kids)

Greenies answered:
"“My dog ate my homework”".

"Ocean iron fertilization CO2 sequestration experiment a blooming failure'

"Earlier this month, the controversial Indian-German Lohafex expedition fertilised 300 square kilometres of the Southern Atlantic with six tonnes of dissolved iron.

This triggered a bloom of phytoplankton, which doubled their biomass within two weeks by taking in carbon dioxide from the seawater. The dead phytoplankton were then expected to sink to the ocean bed, dragging carbon along with them. Instead, the experiment turned into an example o f how the food chain works, as the bloom was eaten by a swarm of hungry copepods.
The huge swarm of copepods were in turn eaten by larger crustaceans called amphipods, which are often eaten by squid and whales. “I think we are seeing the last gasps of ocean iron fertilization as a carbon storage strategy,” says Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution at Stanford University.

While the experiment failed to show ocean fertilization as a viable carbon storage strategy, it has pushed the old “My dog ate my homework” excuse to an unprecedented level."

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2009 5:37 PM

The fools at Cool's Law have edited my post over there, and I don't mean the content. I have expressed my outrage at messin' with my personal handle and we will see if they comply. They may be turned into a laughing-stock yet again.

Posted by: JustAnotherWesterner at March 27, 2009 5:57 PM

"Human Achievement Hour Saturday: Light bulbs not dim bulbs

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has initiated the celebration of ‘Human Achievement Hour’ (HAH) between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 28, 2009 in response to and coinciding with Earth Hour, a period during which governments, individuals, and corporations have agreed to dim or shut off lights in an effort to draw attention to climate change.

Unlike Earth Hour, the purpose Human Achievement Hour is to salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible. Many organizations and average folks around the world will show their support for human achievement by simply going about their daily lives.

The celebration of Human Achievement Hour has already garnered sneers and criticism from some of those supporting Earth Hour—they have even had the HAH Wikipedia entry deleted. In spite of all this, we believe that it is important that people around the world participate with us in acknowledging the achievements accomplished by the human race.

Please check out these links to the great new video and other info below, and help us spread the word about HAH--and let’s utilize the social web to do so."

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2009 6:40 PM

Plan for tommorow evening,

- Late supper involving the oven and stove top.
- TV on (nada new there!!) Xbox 360 downloading extra game content and the PS3 downloading a few game demos.
- Full load in the washing machine and dryer.
- Gaming PC crunching a 3 or 4 gig video file.
- Laptop......surfing?
- any thoughts for anything else?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2009 6:51 PM

I'm disappointed that I haven't seen massive "dark sky" campaigns by the AGWs, greenies and other freakobats. Directed and shaded municipal and commercial lighting is proven to reduce municipal electrical costs by as much as 58%, with the distinct benefit of us amateur astronomers being able to actually see the night sky.

Perhaps they can also explain why David Miller's limo likes to idle on the street waiting for Miller after a public foot kissing he's attended.

Posted by: Skip at March 27, 2009 7:16 PM

I can not believe those idiots at Fool's Law have censored the name "Mohammed". What kind of racist, discriminatory, condescending, patronizing, pretentious shit is that?

Posted by Mohammed The Teddy Bear

Posted by: JustAnotherWesterner at March 27, 2009 7:31 PM

Unbelievable! First the self-righteous, sanctimonious, bigotted, hypocritical, onctuous, oh-so-liberal, progressive adolescents at Law is Fool censor my name "Mohammed"

Then they so charitably and altruistically
banned me from the site.

Posted by Mohammed The Teddy Bear

Posted by: JustAnotherWesterner at March 27, 2009 8:31 PM

Be sure to reduce your power consumption as much as possible BEFORE and AFTER Earth hour to maximize the difference.

Posted by: Stan at March 27, 2009 10:26 PM

What is the point of all this again?
To raise awareness of global warming?
What rock would you have to be living under not to have heard the endless bleating about AGW?

Posted by: Stan at March 27, 2009 10:32 PM

What could possibly be more fun than mocking simple minded and empty gestures like Earth Hour??

Let the carbon spew.

Oh BTW - watched Man Tracker tonight ... two clowns from Toronot in the Rockies.

One an adult skater boy wanna-be the other his fat douchebag friend...... all freekin mouth .... yet sucking wind in the first minute.... best comedy on TV in years.

Posted by: OMMAG at March 27, 2009 11:58 PM

[Quote]And in a couple of years when we need to move it we will have a very nice green square of grass in our lawn.[/quote]

A humorous note:
A few years ago several researchers/photographers were visiting my place, the Stone house, Barn and other stone buildings built by the family of "Parkers", stone masons of Southern Sask.

One of the researchers noticed an old outhouse that was not made of stone and told me it was strange that they could not find any stone outhouses.... I told him to try moving a stone outhouse.. dumb shit didn’t know that the old timers just dug a new hole..

Posted by: Phillip G. Shaw at March 28, 2009 2:07 AM

Ok, so we'll be using the self clean gas oven feature, while BBQ-ing supper, doing laundry, having the wood stove on, and making rice in an electric rice cooker. Likely watching tv or listening to music. Oh and will give the dog a bath. And will have the all the lights on for that hour.
May have to open the windows if the heat from the wood stove, laundry, gas oven cleaning, dog's bath, and rice cooker make it too warm inside.
Then do the dishes using the dishwasher while I dry the dog with a hair dryer, can't have the 'lil beady-eyed one catching a chill.
Oh and almost forgot the main show!
We'll be burning all that cardboard that they wouldn't take away with the blue box program all winter - good thing we have a 12ft diameter fire pit...gonna make it bark on start up.

Posted by: ldd at March 28, 2009 7:21 AM

Don't forget to plug the block heater and car heater in tonight.

Posted by: Stan at March 28, 2009 7:28 AM

Posted on WUWT in a comments section:

" Rik Gheysens (00:11:30) :

Here in Europe, one is anxious that power plants could not react to a total loss of demand on the grid at 8:30 PM local time. If the success would be overwhelming, the whole European net could black out! Automatic switches would shut down power plants, which would require many hours to come back on line.
The most delicate moment would be at 9:30 PM local time when all participants will turn on their lights again. Then, the production of electricity would be not at all in line with the sudden increase in demand of electricity.

Will the WWF-action trigger a total black out in the European net? That’s the question."

Posted by: Skip at March 28, 2009 8:42 AM

Earth Hour doesn't matter, you see, so what we all do is, we make an extra special effort to try ruin it. We plan in advance, we obsess about our sabotage fantasies... See how little we care?

That's awesome. Another great thing, I think, is when you see schoolkids trying to pick up litter in a neighbourhood, you go out and dump your garbage can in the park! Do they really think they're going to solve the litter problem with an hour's clean-up efforts? Liberal sucky schoolkids. The only way to show them is to undermine their little symbolic sham! That's the really brave and productive way to stand up to, uh, political correctness and, um... something.

Posted by: Figulus Pilosus at March 28, 2009 8:58 AM

Turn on the lights, y'all!

Posted by: ldd at March 28, 2009 9:36 AM

"when you see schoolkids trying to pick up litter in a neighbourhood, you go out and dump your garbage can in the park! "

That's an excellent analogy! If they're anything like the schoolkids here, they're dumping their crap on the ground the other 364 days of the year....

Posted by: Kate at March 28, 2009 10:31 AM

One thing we can do is teach children to turn off lights in rooms when they are empty. Hopefully they will then carry this habit into adulthood.

Posted by: tranio at March 28, 2009 11:13 AM

Cool, fig - I live across the street from a public school (literally), and on the route to a high school. From their hands and their mouths - all crap, all the time. Even the local liberals out walking their dogs, can't seem to take their nicely bagged little doggie stool specimens home with them, preferring to leave them under my truck. Then there was the soccer mom bringing little johnny to the evening soccer practice, who through little bobby's diaper on to the street beside her minivan, and was going to drive away until I suggested she had forgetten something.
I know her lights are out...

Posted by: Skip at March 28, 2009 11:35 AM

That should have been "threw"...(its hard to type while holding your nose...)

Posted by: Skip at March 28, 2009 11:37 AM

"One thing we can do is teach children to turn off lights in rooms when they are empty. Hopefully they will then carry this habit into adulthood."

No, tranio. Your thinking has been corrupted by such evils as facts, decency, and civic-mindedness. When you see a child perform such an empty gesture, you should instead go turn on the lights in every other room, turn on both the heating and the a/c, dump your garbage in the public park, and then fire up the snowblower and lawnmower and let them both idle for the rest of the day. Then log on to the internet and brag about it all. It's the only way to bravely strike back against the people who want to destroy our precious freedoms by turning off lights!

Posted by: Figulus Pilosus at March 28, 2009 12:12 PM

Anyone heard from that North Pole expedition lately?

Posted by: Free Thinker at March 28, 2009 12:16 PM

Sarcasm is effective. Very effective.

It usually causes the flaky to see the folly in their actions. Humor, mischief is a powerful tool.

But the Flakiest of the Eco Fanatics cannot even recognize sarc. They are so blinded by their beliefs. By the religion, no, the Kult of Kyoto.

I would bet that Kate and virtually every sda supporter is environmentally responsible. Does not spew garbage, disposes of hazardous material properly, and uses less hydrocarbons in their daily lives than the Righteous Latte Liberals - think Gore and Celeb executive jets and mansions.

In case the Kyoto Kult has not noticed, Kyoto (and Earth Hour) is about carbon dioxide. Those who turn off their lights will effect our climate no more than those who don't.

1) CO2 is a very minor GH gas.
2) CO2 makes up only 0.03 percent of our atmosphere.
3) Increasing CO2 conc will lead to virtually no more GH effect as it is already saturated in that bandwidth.
4) There is no runaway, tipping point. (Just a Tipper Gore, heh!). The earth has been much warmer in the past with much higher CO2 levels following, not leading. The only thing that happened was ... Paradise ! Lush plant growth, great climate, ect.
5) The United Nations Kyoto computer models have been proven wrong. The earth has cooled not warmed the last ten years.
6) Those who predicted this cooling, because of our sun's activity (or lack of) are being proven right. (We just hope this cooling doesn't progress to the point of 2 kilometer thick glaciers over Canada. AGAIN !! - as ten thousand years ago.
7) Warmongering is a media construct, as was Y2K, SARS, Alien Crop Circles, Frankenfoods ...

Kate is bang on with her mocking of those who believe (as in 'belief') in Carbon Dioxide Armageddon.

Posted by: ron in kelowna at March 28, 2009 1:11 PM

It's all about power, money and who controls it, Global Warming has nothing to do with the climate, read on;

The trillion-dollar UN climate plan

George Russell, Special to the Financial Post Published: Saturday, March 28, 2009

A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes -- all under the supervision of the world body.

Posted by: Bruce at March 28, 2009 6:12 PM

It's all about power, money and who controls it, Global Warming has nothing to do with the climate, read on;

The trillion-dollar UN climate plan

George Russell, Special to the Financial Post Published: Saturday, March 28, 2009

A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes -- all under the supervision of the world body.

Posted by: Bruce at March 28, 2009 6:13 PM

Sorry about the double post Kate, please delete one thanks.

Posted by: Bruce at March 28, 2009 6:18 PM

I see maz2 has already suggested celebrating the Human Achievement Hour.

Candian Blue lemons has the video up.

Posted by: bluetech at March 28, 2009 6:22 PM