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Old 03-18-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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Taking off the rose tinted glasses and looking at it with common sense.....

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On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30—and at 9:30, and at 10:30, and for the rest of the night—just like every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.

At the same time, another 1 billion people will participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.

Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see.

Notice that you have not been asked to switch off anything really inconvenient, like your heating or air-conditioning, television, computer, mobile phone, or any of the myriad technologies that depend on affordable, plentiful energy electricity and make modern life possible. If switching off the lights for one hour per year really were beneficial, why would we not do it for the other 8,759?

Hypothetically, switching off the lights for an hour would cut CO2 emissions from power plants around the world. But, even if everyone in the entire world cut all residential lighting, and this translated entirely into CO2 reduction, it would be the equivalent of China pausing its CO2 emissions for less than four minutes.
Earth Hour is all wrong. We need more electricity, not less. - Slate Magazine
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I agree.

I'm all for saving energy and polluting less but imo earth hour is waste of time.

Seems like interest in it peaked a few years ago, last year I noticed most people in my neighborhood
didn't participate.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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What a stupid article!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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While its not going to help reduce much carbon, I do think any attempt at all that brings awareness as to how dependent we are on energy can have positive effects. There are people who still think deforestation, pollution and depleting all our resources so they can have large amounts of 'stuff' is perfectly normal.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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While its not going to help reduce much carbon, I do think any attempt at all that brings awareness as to how dependent we are on energy can have positive effects. There are people who still think deforestation, pollution and depleting all our resources so they can have large amounts of 'stuff' is perfectly normal.
Yep, the're called consumers for a reason.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:33 PM
 
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I love the part where engineers at the utility company start sweating over how to maintain nominal voltage and not blow up every device their customers have plugged in. And, sure I'll participate I'll plug in a bunch of electric space heaters and wait for the clock to strike hippy and flip my mains breaker (with a wooden stick, of course).
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:33 AM
 
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I agree! and hanks for sharing .
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:45 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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It's symbolic to bring attention to a topic, not meant to reduce CO2 emissions for a 1 hour period. I would participate, if I even had my lights turned on at 8:30pm at this time of year anyways.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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The whole concept is dumb because Global Warming caused by CO2 is a total fiction. Supposedly the earth is warming, according to Al Gore, because C02 is constantly going up and this increases global temperatures. But even the advocates now agree that there has been no warming for 20 years. (and in fact it is cooling again). If global warming is real, then why is it snowing this morning in LUBBOCK, TX. APRIL, 10,2013?
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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bring attention, bring awareness....what's the point of doing all of this if after that no one will do any thing apart from this. We all know the popular opinion on the subject, but yet again nothing more than "feel good, look at me, I'm saving the earth". Why don't they make at a challenge that actually has some kind of impact, and have everyone live by candle light for a year.
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