March 28, 2012

Human Achievement Hour: Ask, And Ye Shall Receive

Via Counting Cats;

Will you or won’t you turn off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday, and why?

We invite entries of no more than 150 words. Please send to by 10am on Friday and put “Earth Hour” in the email subject field. Please include your full name, email address and telephone number.

(link to email fixed, sorry!)


Posted by Kate at March 28, 2012 9:41 AM

I am going to dig into my stay of 100watters and put one out on my balcony for everyone to enjoy.

And the BBQ is going to see 5 pounds of chicken & a couple of smoke pouches to grill AND make smoke pollution

Posted by: Fred at March 28, 2012 9:54 AM

I figure earth night would be a good time to light up the back yard with the floods and give a workout to my new guitar amp - I might play a slick jazzy rendition of "it ain't easy being green" for the enviro yuppies who live next door. I hear they planned some neolithic candle cerimony in the back yard. A good time to celebrate human techno eveolution.

Posted by: Occam at March 28, 2012 10:02 AM

I told them I was blind and could not get around the house if all the lights were turned off!
A sure winner:)

Posted by: Noel Seeum at March 28, 2012 10:17 AM

Where I live it's still light out so no need to turn lights off. But I will have at least 3 of my theatre type plasma tvs on

Posted by: RL at March 28, 2012 10:31 AM

Dear Noseeum, Thanks. Coffee spray all over my laptop.

Posted by: Mike McCormick at March 28, 2012 10:41 AM

I wrote 'em. Thanks to Lord Monckton & Kate who posted it at 12:46 March 12th.

"I certainly won't be turning my lights off for this singular reason:

The cost of acting to prevent global warming is many times greater than the cost of inaction. Australia accounts for only 1.2% of global CO2 emissions, and the government’s carbon dioxide tax was to reduce this percentage by 5% over the ten-year life of the tax. On the generous assumption that the entire reduction would be achieved from year 1 onward, the fraction of global emissions abated would be just 0.06%. This means projected CO2 concentration of 412 ppmv that would otherwise obtain in the atmosphere by 2020 would fall to 411.987 ppmv. Because this reduction in CO2 concentration was so small, the warming abated over the 10-year period of the tax would be just 0.000085 C°, at a discounted cost of $130 billion over the ten-year term.

Ergo, the cost of abating the 0.15 C° of warming the IPCC predicted would occur between 2011 and 2020 using measures as cost-effective as Australia’s carbon dioxide tax would be $309 trillion, or $44,000 per head of the world’s population. Further, the cost of abating 1 C° of global warming would be $1.5 quadrillion. No way we can afford it. Period end of story."

Posted by: RCGZ at March 28, 2012 10:43 AM

Got to drain the gas out of my 2 stroke snowblower.
That's a good time to do it. Figure it will run a good hour at least. Charcoal BBQ will be sparked up
with lots of smoke chips in it. Lots of winter dreck to be burned in the fire-pit as well. All this will be lit up by my 3 deck floodlights.
Any leftovers will be disposed of on April 22, Earth Day.

Posted by: Ralph at March 28, 2012 10:44 AM

I hear that Patrick Brazeau is going to turn off Justine Trudeaus' lights for him on Saturday.

Posted by: Largs at March 28, 2012 10:52 AM

I'll leave a light on for 'em.

Heh, heh, heh.

Posted by: BJG at March 28, 2012 10:53 AM

I celebrate civilization. Those who want to live in the dark may. Those who want to have me live in the dark may not.

Posted by: MarkD at March 28, 2012 11:03 AM

Earth Hour should be renamed to Live Like North Korea Hour.

Posted by: JMD at March 28, 2012 11:10 AM

I would like to watch my 50" plasma TV at that time; unfortunately that is when the Leafs will be on. Ugh!!

Posted by: John at March 28, 2012 11:13 AM

Left the Christmas lights up for a reason.

Posted by: L. Hill at March 28, 2012 11:21 AM

Pisses me off! This is what came down the crap chute called 'Employee communication' this morning:


Subject: Amex Canada Supports Earth Hour

Date: March 28, 2012

To: Amex Canada Employees and Contractors, Markham

From: Employee Communications Canada

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, many American Express locations around the world will participate in the sixth annual Earth Hour. This unique environmental event was created to make a statement about climate change. Last year, nearly one billion people participated in Earth Hour from 5,200 cities in 135 countries. More than 40 American Express locations have taken part in the past few years.

For one hour, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (local time), homes, businesses and cities are encouraged to turn off their lights to demonstrate that local action can help fight global warming and reduce energy use. This year participants are encouraged to keep their lights off beyond the hour.

Here in Canada, we will support Earth Hour by turning off lights from 8.30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at our Markham Head Office. Throughout Earth Hour, all emergency and security lighting will remain on as usual and we will not be turning off the lights in the Call Centre areas in Phase 1.

How Can You Support Earth Hour?

There are a number of ways you can support Earth Hour, both in the office and at home:

• Where appropriate, turn off your task lights and other non-essential electronic devices before you leave the office on Friday.

• At home, turn off your lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Not only will you help mark Earth Hour, you will also save energy and electricity costs.

Being involved in Earth Hour is a great way for all of us to support American Express’ environmental responsibility program. For more information about the global Earth Hour effort, visit To learn more about the company’s efforts to reduce the our carbon footprint and conserve resources, visit The Square > Our Company > Corporate Social Responsibility > Environment.

Thank you for your participation in Earth Hour. Stay tuned for information about Earth Day during the week of April 16th to 20th.

Posted by: BehindTheEnemyLines at March 28, 2012 11:21 AM

"Vast numbers of people loath this sanctimonious celebration of luddism and poverty."

Very well put.

I personally find these types of "feel good" performances to be childish, unnecessary and tedious. However, if certain people feel the need to demonstrate their progressiveness, so be it. I will not be purposely using more electricity or creating extra pollution just because I'm too cheap, however I will opt out of their infantile little parade and carry on life as I normally do.

Posted by: biffjr. at March 28, 2012 11:30 AM

I'm eagerly awaiting the first city to take up the challenge, and turn off all the street and traffic lights for an hour. Now that would make a great statement.

Posted by: coach at March 28, 2012 11:37 AM

Was it just me, or did Lightbulb, Model-T, Television then iPAD bug the hell out of anyone else? How about the first personal computer, or the inventor of the transistor? The iPad isn't anything new, it takes technology that already exists and makes a smaller, less functional computer.

I half suspect it's a way to win over some of the Apple fanboys/girls who would doubtless turn off their lights for Earth Hour.

No offense intended to iPad owners, just don't think it belongs on the same list as the lightbulb, assembly line/car/truck and television. If that's an example of today's "progress" it's indicative of a very sad state of innovation indeed.

Posted by: even burton at March 28, 2012 11:40 AM

I sent this:

My wife and I will light our house up like a 747 and turn on every appliance to celebrate this special time. I have bought cigars which I will enjoy in the house. My truck and her car will idle in the driveway. Since Canada has one of the coldest climates on the planet, we hope to make a difference. Thank you for allowing us to show how we feel regarding a .038 % trace gas that we are being taxed on and partcipating in the biggest scam in human history. We do it for the children.

Posted by: peterj at March 28, 2012 11:46 AM

I just feel like God said it best. "Let there be light!"

Posted by: Thomas_L...... at March 28, 2012 11:46 AM

I think my light bulb count well over 200.
will have somefun turning them all on, then go for a full sewer flush , all the toilets and all the taps.

I love the sound of meters spinning in the evening, it sounds like victory.

Posted by: cal2 at March 28, 2012 12:32 PM

Time to fire up the chainsaw...
...and burn a few tires.

Posted by: Edward Teach at March 28, 2012 12:38 PM

All our lights including Christmas will be on, as well as TV & computer.

Posted by: Barbara Badstober at March 28, 2012 12:39 PM

Sorry, but I don't see the point in wasting money to make a point. It's gonna be life as usual in my house. That means 2 big sreen TVs going, as usual. Don't forget, the big fight is gonna be on. Trudeau vs Brazeau is a can't miss event.

Posted by: coach at March 28, 2012 12:55 PM

Once again,I'll be on the road driving with my lights off. This year I may forgo the turn signals to make it special.

Posted by: wallyj at March 28, 2012 1:00 PM

As always,being the good sheeple I am, I shall give Earth Day the same consideration as all other "days".

Whether it's Diwali,Ramadan,or Ash Wednesday,I shall do what I damned well want in my own home and anyone who objects can go visit the Devil.

Posted by: dmorris at March 28, 2012 1:02 PM

I'll be flying to Lax,no reading light for me and the in-flight entertainment hardly ever works so that shouldn't be a problem.

Posted by: H.Ryan at March 28, 2012 1:05 PM

Ten inch, three horsepower, 25 year old, two stroke ice auger stands waiting for this years just announced challenger,.... Stihl 28 while "Keep On Rockin In The Free World" thunders from on high.

Eat it Suzuki.

Posted by: richfisher at March 28, 2012 1:06 PM

Coach,think Brazeau will give that little Turdo a spanking he never got from his bi-go-daddy Peeair once he pummels the little loudmouth? Would be a nice cherry on top of the whuppin he will lay on that spoilt little fruitcake. Meanwhile more grand prognostications on todays news of dire consequences of "glowball warming", Chicken Little on the Run "Suzuker" must be getting low on stolen funds.

Posted by: bartinsky at March 28, 2012 1:06 PM


Since Dalton has made my hydro so expensive no matter what I do, I intend to get my money's worth.

Posted by: JJM at March 28, 2012 1:09 PM

memo to American Express; I have been a member since 1977 and although there are several other Credit Card opportunities arriving in my mail, both snail mail and my regular mail, i have been loyal.

However, I am now considering the discontinuation of Amex use in favour of other cards until my aeroplan points have been used.

The only reason for me to reinstste Amex use will be when your politically correct human resource management open their eyes to the misleading information on AGW.

FYI to human resource management; AGW means Anthropogenic Global Warming which has been thoroughly discredited among all truly aware associations.


Posted by: MikeSr at March 28, 2012 1:15 PM

1 Billion participants last year? 1 Billion people participated in last years Earth hour? I call BS on that number. If that number is remotely close (say within 900 Million give or take) I'm sure it included those with no electricity to begin with. It's like when the CBC likes to take close up shots of reporters and turn around and say 33 million natural Liberal voting protestors turned up on Parliament Hill...

I can't wait to turn every light on, start my car, crank the heat, turn the oven on 500 - with the door open right next to the open fridge. lol.

Seriously though, coach said "Sorry, but I don't see the point in wasting money to make a point." The money you would waste would probably be insignificant - but you'll be helping to save the electrical grid from a dramatic drop in load followed by a dramatic rise as morons wake up from their hour long nap and do everything they would have done in the previous hour and the next all at once.

As if the laundry Mr. Liberal was going to do at 8pm is just going to sit for eternity and never be laundered. Oops this year's Earth hour is right when I needed to bake this lasagna - I guess I'll just throw it out.

You just know most of these people, relieved at ending the agony of the last hour spent offline in the dark, will overdo it in celebration of their own help saving the planet for another year probably to the point of over compensating...

The whole concept is unbelievably stupid.

Posted by: steven burton at March 28, 2012 1:23 PM

known in our family as "clean the oven day"...with every light and TV on :)

Posted by: Bemused at March 28, 2012 1:36 PM

I just feel like God said it best. "Let there be light!"
Posted by: Thomas_L...... at March 28, 2012 11:46 AM

This year, Saturday, March 31, is the eve before Palm Sunday. As such, we will be singing praises of Dominus Deus Sabaoth and celebrating the passion of Our Lord during the so-called earth hour. I suspect that, the secularization of the West notwithstanding, that there will be more people throughout the world recognizing Palm Sunday than the vacuous "earth hour".

Posted by: felis corpulentis at March 28, 2012 1:58 PM

I have this industrial sodium flood mounted on the porch post...awaiting it's annual mission.
A 150 standard flood out back....and the porch lights.....Barn lights on. I should be visible from orbit.

Most years I have a loon drive in to advise me the error of my ways....I let the dog change their year I had a Police Car show up....the cop said they had a complaint...he stayed for coffee.

Posted by: sasquatch at March 28, 2012 2:00 PM

Link doesn't work for me; gets a "not found" screen, and the direct link to the SMH home page hangs. Kate-a-lanche?

Just a shout out to those above who plan "business as usual" instead of a conspicuous celebration of Human Achievement Hour: doing nothing is not an option, just as not voting in an election is not an option. The "Earth Hour" Luddites will get to claim you as one of theirs. If every single one of us who finds Earth Hour stupid and offensive does nothing out of the ordinary, the sheeple who do follow it will carry the day, as evidenced by the drop in aggregate load on the grid. They can point to the sag in demand, pat themselves on the back, and smirk, "see, we made a difference."

You don't have to get crazily wasteful to celebrate Human Achievement Hour, although it's probably more fun than going to a movie, and will cost you less. Just throw on a couple of outside lights that you would normally have off. Run your oven on the self-clean cycle if it's so equipped. Needs to be done every so often, anyway, right? Do a load of laundry. Bake a pie. Simply shifting some of your energy consumption from other hours to that particular hour will go a long way toward negating the efforts of the greentards.

Posted by: gordinkneehill at March 28, 2012 2:31 PM

Sent 'em this:

"I will be turning on every light and electrical appliance I have at 8:30 PM EDT on Saturday, in opposition to the massive fraud by those who would enslave us. Thank you for reminding me of this farce! If not for you, I most likely would have missed it.

--Mark Matis"

Posted by: Mark Matis at March 28, 2012 2:53 PM

Great, Ontario will once again have to offload unused electricity at a cost. The money saved could have gone to the children...

I will be lighting up my house near the airport so all those passengers can see what a rebel I am.

Posted by: anne (not from Cornwall) at March 28, 2012 3:16 PM

Turn out the lights, not bloody likely I will not submit to liberal fanaticism.

Posted by: Rose at March 28, 2012 3:26 PM

I tried the link. It's not working now.

Posted by: lookout at March 28, 2012 3:43 PM

good thing my neighbor will have the mower running for hours, his wife will be able to moan loud while I pound her in the dark....dumb rednecks

Posted by: Jack Meoff at March 28, 2012 3:44 PM

Earth Hour: A Dissent by Ross McKitrick

"In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour. Here is my response."

(I think we'll turn on even more lights, etc. this year.)

Posted by: lookout at March 28, 2012 3:54 PM

Would Jack Meoff be a spirit from beyond, perchance?

One way or the other, be off, I say!

Posted by: lookout at March 28, 2012 3:59 PM

"1 Billion participants last year? 1 Billion people participated in last years Earth hour? I call BS on that number."

Actually, it's probably a much higher number, Steven. Unfortunately, most of the participants in the worldwide 'darkness and silence' flashmob had no choice. Not just for one day of vanity either, they live like that all year round and would love a life of bright lights and technology.

Posted by: Reed at March 28, 2012 4:14 PM

"I'll be flying to Lax,no reading light for me and the in-flight entertainment hardly ever works so that shouldn't be a problem."
Obviously you are flying Air Canada.

Posted by: Horny Toad at March 28, 2012 4:17 PM

Reed that's exactly what i'm saying. I personally believe you can't participate in Earth Hour if you have no electricity to "turn off" in the first place.

Posted by: Steven Burton at March 28, 2012 4:25 PM

Very true, Steven. (wasn't meaning to disagree)
This whole 'Earth Hour' and similar events just represent a broadening of the conspicuous compassion phenomena. An unproductive guilt trip for those seeking to broadcast their 'social awareness'.

Posted by: Reed at March 28, 2012 5:19 PM

You will be able to see my house from the moon.Greenies KISS MY A%%.!!!

Posted by: Dusty at March 28, 2012 5:22 PM

Flew home from Florida last night and it was clear all the way. The sea of lights from towns and cities were never out of sight. Toronto and the GTA was spectacular and lit up the night sky from horizon to horizon.

Understand North Korea will be the only country fully supporting Earth Hour by turning out its one light.

Posted by: dave at March 28, 2012 5:32 PM

If this blog had a 'like' button, my mouse would be worn out. Your audience is hilarious.

Me, just another wienie roast over an open fire pit fueled by used tires. Smoke baby smoke.

Posted by: Anna Mac at March 28, 2012 5:46 PM

Bemused, it is auto oven-cleaning day in our house as well, 'bout time too it's getting pretty gicky in there.

Posted by: kelly at March 28, 2012 5:57 PM

We've got about 800 horsepower between the wife's TBSS and my G8 GT with our go fast goodies added on. Every year at this time I take 'em both out in the boonies and blast the carbon out of 'em. (For you youngsters that's something us old timers used to do to get the carbs, valves, plugs and assorted motor innards clean.) I also leave plenty of big fat number elevens at a lot of intersections. That and the little ones leave all the lights on and enjoy being able to see when it's dark out. We're not cavemen right?
I think this year we'll add smoking some meat followed by a BBQ ending with a fire in the fire pit.
Eat the big one Gaia!

Posted by: paul in Mordor at March 28, 2012 6:52 PM

This year it's going to be hard to find more things to turn on. Have had the lights on max all winter to deal with the dark and my home network is up to 10+ machines. I have so many wall-warts in my electrical sockets that the walls look diseased. I never turn off a computer except yearly to clean the fans.

I guess I've got a 40 Amp electric heater to turn on as it would be nice to warm up the garage, do a load of landry and a moose stew should max out my consumption along with a few bowls of microwave popcorn. Haven't had the TV on for a few months so might be the night to watch some Big Bang Theory DVD's. Could let my jeep idle for the hour also but my neighbors seem to be more into celebrating human achievement hour on a daily basis than "be a NORK for an hour".

Posted by: Loki at March 28, 2012 6:58 PM

Doubt they'll print it but this is what I sent. Forgot to mention the propane BBQ.

Dear Editor, at the appointed hour I will have every lightbulb on and will have the lawn tractor and the summer car (86 BMW imported from England so no catalytic converter, so double-plus evil) on high idle in order to charge their batteries, circulate the fluids etc. I am also going to have the winter car running just to defy the idiocy of Earth Hour.

I appreciate the fact that mankind has created technology which converts fossil fuels into energy that can then be used to preserve food, heats or cool my home as needed, transport me at 60mph, etc.

P.S. Please inform your neo-luddite readers that parafin wax used in candles is a petroleum product, as is (coal) oil used in lanterns. Unless they have killed a sperm whale for its oil or killed a cow and rendered the fat into tallow themselves they are using fossil fuel.


Clarence A Ruttle, 19113 Kenyon 5th Concession Road, RR5, Alexandria, Ontario, Canada, K0C 1A0.

Posted by: Al_in_Ottawa at March 28, 2012 7:06 PM

" I aim to misbehave "

Posted by: Pongo at March 28, 2012 7:24 PM

I sent the McKitrik article to Senator Nancy Greene Raine. I had a very nice response from her:

“Thanks for sending the quote. I will leave my lights on too!”

I wish more Conservative MPs had her cojones!

Posted by: lookout at March 28, 2012 7:35 PM

Sigh. Back to vacuum tubes.

Posted by: alzaebo at March 28, 2012 8:47 PM

I'm not going to turn off the lights or do anything else different from my normal routine of not wasting energy 24/7. I'm certainly not going to demonstrate that I'm a redneck asswhole by turning on a bunch of lights or making a big show of wasting energy. That's just being disrespectful.

Posted by: John Galt at March 28, 2012 9:05 PM

Last year I turned on all my lights and TVs and did my laundry while some of my lemming neighbors had their lights out. F**k 'em! I had fun telling them to get their heads out of their asses the next day when they were trying to convince me of the errors of my ways. This year I'm going to do it again. I think I might also rent a Hummer and let it idle all day in my driveway on earth day.

Posted by: Robert L at March 28, 2012 9:08 PM

Hey, John, I WANT to be disrespectful!

Read Ross McKitrik's dissent to Earth Hour. (I posted it at 3:54 p.m.)

Posted by: lookout at March 28, 2012 9:33 PM

It is going to get exactly the attention it deserves: 0.

Posted by: Snowbunnie at March 28, 2012 9:37 PM

I would suggest that liberal bloggers just go off the system for about ten years, think of the improvements to the environment. Hell, just stay off line forever.

Posted by: Peter O'Donnell at March 28, 2012 9:40 PM

I'm off the grid, so to me every hour is Earth hour.

I also read McKitrick column and sorry to say, this guy is out to lunch. He sees Nature as the enemy when we really are part of it.

Human achievement is a great thing but can also backfire. Just one example: for 500 years we fished the cod off Newfoundland. In the old days they used wooden barks and nets held by hand. In recent years we evolved to big motors and sonars to find the fish. We 'achieved' so well that today the fish is gone in that part of the world, and thousands of folks lost their livelihood.

Like it or not, our planet is all we got. We foul it, we're goners. So much for achievement.

Earth doesn't need saving, never did, never will. We do.

Posted by: GreenNeck at March 28, 2012 10:46 PM

GreenNeck, you're right - we're part of nature. The large cities that we build are the humanoid equivalent of coral reefs. If coral can be allowed to create a microenvironment which favors it, then why not humans?

All organisms change their local environment. The only organisms that think they aren't part of nature are watermelons and are traitors to their own species. Fortunately some sanity is returning and hopefully soon humanity can fulfill Gaia's mission of expanding to other planets.

Posted by: Loki at March 28, 2012 11:55 PM

Loki, the big cities we created cannot live on their own. They totally depend on other humans growing food elsewhere. And that food grows thanks to mechanisms we only now begin to fully understand. Did you ever examine top-soil in a microscope? It is teeming with micro-organisms. Without them, food won't grow.

I am a fan of science-fiction, but one thing we have learned from sending probes to other planets is how utterly inhospitable they are to human life. If you want to the be first human to go colonize Mars, be my guest - I for one prefer to breathe real air and eat real food.

Posted by: GreenNeck at March 29, 2012 12:19 AM

GreenNeck, you're correct that cities in isolation don't work. The fact that cities exist means that the farmers who grow the food that cities need have a much better lifestyle than if all they did was practice subsistence agriculture. While I can't stand the city of Vancouver, I'm glad that so many people want to live there as it allows me to have more space in the interior of BC although many of the industries where I live are involved in creating products that go to Vancouver.

As far as food goes, we can grow plants hydroponically and BC's largest export crop is grown totally hydroponically indoors. For most crops, it's a lot simpler to grow them outdoors and that means that farmers need to maintain the soil. My own garden is totally "organic" as I like playing around with complex artificial ecosystems and the last aphid infestation I had was easily taken care of with a few applications of ladybugs. Now that the ladybug pheromones seem to have permeated my garden, they show up on their own every year.

Colonizing the planets is something I'd like to live to see and, regardless of how inhospitable the environment might seem, human ingenuity will provide solutions. Mars is actually quite a hospitable environment in terms of availability of water and CO2 in comparison to the moon. Really all it takes is plentiful energy, technology and human ingenuity to make things happen. Because of the fundamental role of electricity in making human civilization as we know it today happen, I'm participating fully in Human Achievement Hour. Just because I happen to be a techie doesn't mean I can't enjoy nature and technologic progress has resulted in far less human impact on non-human ecosystems than the old ways of doing things.

Posted by: Loki at March 29, 2012 1:06 AM

GreenNeck, you say you’ve read the McKitrik article: you’re either pretending or you have a language processing problem. Not once did he suggest that we use man’s ingenuity to recklessly exploit nature. However, as humans have free will, any technology can be used to both good and not so good ends. McKitrik was talking the former.

At the end of your note, you then altogether contradict your thesis by writing, “Earth doesn't need saving, never did, never will. We do.” Well GreenNeck, that was exactly McKitrik’s point.

Posted by: lookout at March 29, 2012 10:52 AM