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Earth Hour is for Fools: Why I Will Leave My Lights On Today

Posted by FactReal on March 26, 2011

Here is a great article from Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, University of Guelph (Ontario Canada):
EARTH HOUR: A DISSENT
I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human
liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended
on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity. Giving women the freedom to
work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time
from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on
the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.
Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely
impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition,
depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady
indoor supply of hot water. Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions
in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and
dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related
lung diseases. Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should
realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating
stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.

The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I
celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance,
poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an
hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off
trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction
called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous,
reliable electricity. People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their
fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a
month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off
there too.

I don’t want to go back to nature. Travel to a zone hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes
to see what it’s like to go back to nature. For humans, living in “nature” meant a short life
span marked by violence, disease and ignorance. People who work for the end of poverty
and relief from disease are fighting against nature. I hope they leave their lights on.

Read more or here.

RELATED
Lighten Up for Earth Hour
Earth Hour: The pagan Bizzaro World “holiday”
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2 Responses to “Earth Hour is for Fools: Why I Will Leave My Lights On Today”

  1. I agree with this completely , I rely entirely on my faith in God to take care of our world and though I believe in helping him the best we can I do not believe we need to foregoe our way of life to save the planet ,nor do I think God would want us to , afterall he put everything here for our use . For those too brilliant to recognize God or his existence I say use your brilliance to save our planet without degrading our standard of living and way of life . Personally , I am ashamed of what we have become And often think a Sodom and Gomorrah emulation worldwide might just be the way to go .

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