I’ll be turning the lights off at 8.30 on Saturday night. The 65” plasma screen looks better in a darkened room – Andrew Bolt reader ‘Martain X’ (Unfortunately, its likely that the screen will be filled with images of lights going out.)
Its that time of year again when the drab grey ranks of climate frantics and their silly and sycophantic followers hold 'Earth Hour' when they make the rather pointless gesture of turning out their lights as some sort of faux effort to get the climate back to what it was in the past. Not of course, what it was during the medieval warm period when the temperature was higher than at present, but possibly like the little ice age when the Poms could skate on the Thames.
Lets face it, being cold and miserable is the way we were in the good old days, worshipped by authoritarians everywhere, before those stinking capitalist exploiters made cheap energy available to all and softened us up with the ability to stay warm rather cheaply.
Here is an excerpt from the latest offering from “Carbon Sense.”
The Carbon Sense Coalition today claimed that coal not candles should be the symbol of Earth Hour. It was coal that produced clean electric power which cleared the smog produced by dirty combustion and open fires in big cities like London and Pittsburgh.
Much of the third world still suffers choking fumes and smog because they do not have clean electric power and burn wood, cardboard, unwashed coal and cow dung for home heat. It was coal that saved the forests being felled to fuel the first steam engines and produce charcoal for the first iron smelters.
It was coal that powered the light bulbs and saved the whales being slaughtered for whale oil lamps. It was coal that produced the steel that replaced shingles on the roof, timber props in the mines, wooden fence posts on the farms and the bark on the old bark hut. …
Viv is a little wrong on the statement that coal saved the whales. Their savior was John D Rockefeller who made kerosene at such cheap rates that whale oil became an unnecessary luxury. This is the reason why all self – respecting Greenpeace activists wear a locket containing an image of John D close to their hearts. Electricity replaced kerosene later owing to its convenience, after Thomas Edison made the remark, “I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.”
Anyway, here is the offering from the Competitive Enterprise Institute for 2009 Human Achievement Hour: