Earth hour is tonight – instead of turning off your lights, turn them on to celebrate what electricity has done for mankind

This excellent essay on the Earth Hour event, to be held tonight at 8:30PM in every local time zone, is an eye-opener.  Earth Hour is a testament to stupidity, in my opinion, and deserves to be mocked. North Korea reminds us what it is like to like in darkness, both politically, and in energy poverty.

satellite image of the korean penninsula at night, showing city lighting
Every hour is Earth Hour in North Korea – satellite image of the Korean peninsula at night, showing city lighting.

UPDATE: In California, Earth Hour was a complete failure according to electricity use data.

Earth Hour: A Dissent

by Ross McKitrick

Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, Univer...

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

Here is my response.

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.

Without access to energy, life is brutal and short. – John Christy, director, UAH Atmospheric Science, Alabama State Climatologist

Here in Ontario, through the use of pollution control technology and advanced engineering, our air quality has dramatically improved since the 1960s, despite the expansion of industry and the power supply.

If, after all this, we are going to take the view that the remaining air emissions outweigh all the benefits of electricity, and that we ought to be shamed into sitting in darkness for an hour, like naughty children who have been caught doing something bad, then we are setting up unspoiled nature as an absolute, transcendent ideal that obliterates all other ethical and humane obligations.

No thanks.

I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something to be ashamed of.

Ross McKitrick

Professor of Economics

University of Guelph

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Ed Zuiderwijk
March 24, 2018 4:43 am

Amen to that.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 24, 2018 5:47 am

“Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. ”
Sums it up nicely.

Curious George
Reply to  Greg
March 24, 2018 7:41 am

I’ll just ignore it. This groupthink does not sway me either way.

Curious George
Reply to  Greg
March 24, 2018 7:43 am

On a second thought: How about an Earth week, or an Earth month?

Reply to  Greg
March 24, 2018 10:37 am

I agree, Curious George. If this is really, really important, shouldn’t all electricity be shut off for a week or month? Where’s the dedication? Where’s the living up to one’s own beliefs? A month, yeah.

Reply to  Greg
March 24, 2018 2:05 pm

If they were really serious, they would turn off everybody’s power, whether they believed in the climate change fraud or not. Like they do in South Australia.

Reply to  Greg
March 24, 2018 8:17 pm

‘Earth Hour’ mentality parallels the extremist nonsense in the terrorist Una-bomber manifesto, same anti-human, anti-technology ant-business, and anti-civilisation brain rotting ideological swill.
It is a total disgrace that muck is being pushed on kids in school as dah right thunkin.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 24, 2018 11:17 am

Spot on
“I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there”
Just love that!!

Pop Piasa
Reply to  mothcatcher
March 24, 2018 1:13 pm

I always ponder what an hour without power does to the birth rate. Is there a spike in December births of recent?

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 24, 2018 12:29 pm

A pathetic example of virtue signalling. Turn on every light in the house and plan to bake a pizza or something in the oven at 8:30 Pm tonight. The way they calculate the success of the event is by the Utility Co reporting how much the electricity demand was reduced. If there is no reduction, then nobody much cares. Actually there is little reduction anyway…it is mainly people like Gov’t workers who are paid OT to go shut the lights off on public buildings for an hour.

Henning Nielsen
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 24, 2018 5:04 pm

Don’t know how it is in the US, but here in Norway, this night, this very night, is the change to summertime. So…one hour is lost, and that is my Earth Hour. Good riddance!

March 24, 2018 4:48 am

No worries on my part. I’ll be enjoying what the nuclear power plant 30 miles from my house brings to me and my family.
The best part is I actually need fewer electrons than I used to due to the LED lighting and more energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling units and windows and doors I’ve put in over the past few years.

March 24, 2018 4:50 am

Hear, hear

March 24, 2018 4:53 am

We celebrated it with all our lights on, inside and out. A toast to all those who gave us wonderful electricity and the blessings we enjoy as a result.
Annie in Australia.

Reply to  Annie
March 24, 2018 5:50 am

I now celebrate Earth Hour all year round by leaving everything turned on. Maybe I can find a couple of 500W halogen spots to shine at the sky , just to show willing.
These dumb shits don’t realise they are now walking backwards by pissing everyone off.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
March 24, 2018 5:03 am

It was a dud around where I live.

March 24, 2018 5:12 am

Pretty much sums it up! Very well put, Ross.

March 24, 2018 5:15 am

The light is a symbol for hope, life and knowledge. Therefore, it should remain that way! Lights on! A protest against globalism and ignorant leftism.

Reply to  SasjaL
March 24, 2018 5:23 am

Yep! Now to get this message out there in a way that resonates with the millennials. Showing my age….and, maybe….wisdom?

michael hart
March 24, 2018 5:24 am

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn’t darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.”

March 24, 2018 5:25 am

Yep! Now to get this message out there in a way that resonates with the millennials. Showing my age….and, maybe….wisdom?

Reply to  davesivyer
March 24, 2018 10:39 am

Shut off cell towers and the internet for an hour.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Sheri
March 24, 2018 8:06 pm

A very reasonable proposal, but these bigot watermelons will tar and feather you if you just try to take them away their dearest toys.

Smart Rock
March 24, 2018 5:32 am

There’s a reason the Dark Ages are called the Dark ages, and there’s a reason why The Enlightenment is called The Enlightenment.

Monna M
Reply to  Smart Rock
March 24, 2018 7:23 am

Actually, the term “Dark Ages” was a slur against the Middle Ages, coined at a time when it was thought that ancient Greece and Rome were much more enlightened. It symbolizes the intellectual and cultural decline that was believed to have occurred in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Scholars don’t use the term anymore, because it is misleading and inaccurate. One inteesting thing to note: slavery had been virtually elminated by the end of the “Dark Ages,” only to be revived during the Renaissance in its fascination with the ancient Greeks and Romans. There are many other advances that were made in the Middle Ages. It’s very interesting to read about, and there are lots of books about the subject.

Reply to  Monna M
March 24, 2018 9:01 am

Monna…your response did not seem accurate to me, so I did a little research. The Wiki definition of Dark Ages supports your story. The Encyclopedia Britannica however, has a little different story, although it alludes to your PC version when it says: “The term “Dark Ages” is now rarely used by historians because of the value judgment it implies.” Give me a break!
By any definition, these where Dark TImes form 500-800 AD. The climate was cold. There was little urban life or culture. Education was scarce. War was common. Life was very hard and short from all accounts, which are few and far between, because so few could read or write. The term Dark Ages is quite appropriate for the time.
I have never equated the Dark Ages with the MIddle Ages. They used to be 2 different time periods. Now we are supposed to equate the two so that the Dark Ages don’t feel so bad? Monty Python, hilarious because of its complete absurdity, is starting to look like a modern day documentary.

Reply to  Monna M
March 24, 2018 10:41 am

jclarke341: I did the same thing when I read the “dark ages” were not dark. Seems it’s a PC rewrite of history.

Reply to  Monna M
March 24, 2018 2:25 pm

Dark Ages where I come from was “after the Romans cleared out”, That meant not a lot being written down or carved in stone. No one scratching rude jokes in Latin on the back of ceramic tiles. Plenty of recycling activity going on. Roman bits & pieces being re-used in building work for a thousand years afterwards.

Reply to  Monna M
March 24, 2018 8:43 pm

The Dark Ages was the period after the positive enlightening and civilising phase of Hellenic Greek and Roman Empires dissipated and were temporarily forgotten and lost.
The ‘Renaissance’ was the rediscovery of Greek and Roman books (“Classics”), plus records, science, philosopy, and technologies, stored in old Latin language libraries, which the new printing-press tech allowed translations and redistribution of these “Widdom” books, into English, German, French, etc., which bought back maturing civilisations to much of Europe again.
If the Dark Age’s relative destruction of civilisation never occurred we could have had the industrial revolution 500 years earlier than it happened, then as the CO2 hysteria ramped, we would have slid into the little-ice-age instead.
Human civilusation and its CO2 production would have been blamed for every case of famine, phenomia and frostbite, instead.

Reply to  Monna M
March 24, 2018 8:48 pm

omg … Pneumonia.

Reply to  Monna M
March 25, 2018 12:14 am

WX, phenomia is OK too, whatever it is, as it’s encompassed by, and is a subset of “everything”.

March 24, 2018 5:39 am

Standard operating procedure here for a few years already , just to make a statement to this green nonsens. At exactly 20:30 locaI time the flood lights will turn on around the house for an hour. I have programmed an event for it in my home control system for the next couple of years.

Phil Rae
March 24, 2018 5:40 am

An eloquent and perspicacious essay, sir! You have my vote 100% on everything you said. Life without cheap energy is a short and brutal affair. Coal, oil & gas freed our ancestors from a subsistence agrarian economy only a few generations ago and powered the development of the economic miracle that led to the society everybody takes for granted today.

March 24, 2018 5:41 am

Nicely put.
I don’t switch on lights for the sake of it but I have a bunch of high energy jobs to do during that hour. A casserole in the oven, some washing (clothes and dishes), a bit of hoovering and topped off with a power shower. All those activities need the lights on legitimately and make more of a difference in the records.

Rich Lambert
March 24, 2018 5:45 am

My aunt was born in the early 1900’s and lived to be close to 100 years old. When asked about the most remarkable change during her life, she stated that it was the invention and introduction of electric lights.

March 24, 2018 5:45 am

Will do. Thanks
And maybe a fan and extra PC turned on too

Tom in Florida
March 24, 2018 5:46 am

Keeping people in the dark about things is the MO of tyrants and dictators. How symbolic is it for those that want to control our lives to use this very idea to promote their beliefs.

March 24, 2018 5:47 am
Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 5:48 am

Yabut, “Earth-friendly” candles are ok. It’s all about feewings.

John M
March 24, 2018 5:55 am

That’s today?
Wow, in past years it would have been plastered all over my Google News page.
I guess even the virtue signalers have moved on to more relevant causes.

March 24, 2018 6:02 am

LOL, I love that idea. Bravo.

Mike From Au
March 24, 2018 6:15 am

I wonder how many hospital admissions there were for people walking into doors, falling down stairs, fires from people using candles during earth hour….how many burglars took advantage of earth hour by using night vision goggles to perform robberies and so forth….

March 24, 2018 6:21 am

The insidious nature of the ‘minority groups’ society pays far too much heed to.
I have every sympathy for minority groups, however Western society is largely based on democracy, in other words, the majority decision is sacrosanct.
Minority groups seeking to undermine that democratic process, other than via the ballot box, are a threat to the democratic process.
That might suggest that we sceptics, as a minority group, fall into that category, but we do noting more than talk to political and scientific organisations/individuals to change the perception of AGW. We don’t march, fight, demonstrate, threaten or coerce anyone to impose our will.
Ours is an entirely peaceful, intellectual (except in my case) and scientifically motivated assembly of largely credible, curious individuals who probably never accept anything without investigation.
Earth day is a demonstration of irrational, genetically programmed, fear of the unknown perpetrated by ignorant people (who shouldn’t be ignorant being that they are largely well educated and prosperous) whose preferred operational mode is to follow the herd. Largely because they are too complacent and lazy to think for themselves.
Capitalism is a natural human condition and its inherent characteristics of freedom of speech and freedom to trade has brought mankind to its pinnacle of evolution (so far).
Socialism is an unnatural political construct that encourages the herd mentality. Indeed, it relies on it and disguises it as democracy by organising minority groups into political movements, then tenuously linking them under the banner of the oppressed minority. In reality, few groups share anything in common and under any other circumstances would be at war with each other.
Earth day is a globalised manifestation of ignorance and fear harking back to the dark ages when man, ironically, worshipped the Sun and relied on superstition to control tribes. Socialism encourages ignorance and fear.

Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 6:22 am

Meanwhile “Earth Day” (April 22) asks people to “Imagine a world without plastic pollution”. Plastic is now the enemy for Greenies, not “carbon”. What next, steel? Hey, I know, rust! Because it’s iron oxide, so can be called “iron pollution”.

Dr Giles Bointon
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 7:56 am

I am a fierce climate skeptic but the simply horrible plastic that washes up on the east coast of Barbados, where I live,makes me weep. It’s visually disturbing but it’s breakdown into micro particles worries me more. If the climate fanatics could just direct their energies towards degradable plastics or recycling everyone would win.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Dr Giles Bointon
March 24, 2018 9:40 am

Plastic disposal is a complex problem. But biodegradables have their own issues, and there is limited use for recycled plastic. There are no easy answers.

Reply to  Dr Giles Bointon
March 24, 2018 3:14 pm

Why should it’s break down into micro particles bother you?
That just makes it easier for those microbes that thrive on hydro-carbons to finish consuming them.

Reply to  Dr Giles Bointon
March 24, 2018 4:40 pm

Remember when USA cities, yes, even New York city used to dump its garbage off barges into the ocean?
There is no justification for allowing garbage/plastics to be dumped in the ocean. Anyone civilized who has seen massive amounts of garbage and plastics in the ocean is unanimous on this issue. Some countries and Nations’ still do dump garbage at sea, which is just criminal. Unless you crap in your own living room, and some countries still do that do. That is why they are called sh!thole countries.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Dr Giles Bointon
March 24, 2018 8:11 pm


Gerald Landry
Reply to  Non Nomen
March 25, 2018 5:38 pm

The warmunists are emitionally conflicted. They demonize Self Propelled ruminants that produce natural fibres, dairy products, meat, hides for clothing and footwear Vs Oil Based fibres, pleather and plastic footwear.
Ruminants nourished by the Sunshine, Rainfall, Grassland Cycle converting grass and water to all the By-Products that have nurtured mankind for thousands of years.
They even demonize the use of honey that makes money subsidizing Pollination of the alleged Plant Based Diet that is to nourish 7 Billion + human’s.
Plastic pollution will grow under their totalitarian decrees, of their Cruelty Free Vision of the Planet. The Global Grassland Inventory will be left to rot and decay emitting methane Fairy Farts and Co2. Furthermore increased Grassland Wildfires emitting Black Carbon.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 1:48 pm

“Imagine a world without plastic pollution” What? Are people now going to stop indiscrimitaly throwing garbage on the ground? The amount of fast food and cigarette wrapper garbage constantly on the ground is unreal.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 5:01 pm

Rust is the oxygen pollution of good and pure iron. Let the fanatics among us oppose the destruction of all our good works by declaring Iron Day when we remember the great benefits wrought, literally, by the development of iron products. Our hero is Iron Man.
Let all celebrate by protesting the deleterious and corrosive effects of oxygen, the evil gas, that destroys all that it touches. Protesting in the most personal way, participants are encouraged to stop breathing for an hour. (Practicing is not recommended.)

Gerald Landry
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
March 25, 2018 5:44 pm

“Long live Bog Iron” ban those Oxygen Furnaces melting our Recycled materials, Long live the hammer and anvil.

March 24, 2018 6:24 am

Much of Puerto Rice has been enjoying “Earth Hour” for the past 6 months or so. They don’t seem to like it much.

Reply to  ftlooseandfancyfree
March 24, 2018 6:25 am

Should be Puerto Rico. Is there an edit feature here?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  ftlooseandfancyfree
March 24, 2018 6:38 am

No. Around herr, the old adage of “proofread twice, and click once” rules.

Christopher Simpson
Reply to  ftlooseandfancyfree
March 24, 2018 9:04 am

“Should be Puerto Rico. Is there an edit feature here?”
Well, I’m sure the people in Puerto Rice aren’t having it too easy either.

Bruce Cobb
March 24, 2018 6:41 am

Of course, to heir is human; to forgive, devine.

Mike From Au
March 24, 2018 6:45 am

We already have fire detectors fitted to most homes these days and i can see a bright (dark) future in light-globe detectors.

Stephen Skinner
March 24, 2018 7:06 am

right on

Mike H
March 24, 2018 7:07 am

Alas, I will be on a plane for earth hour. I won’t be able to perform my annual “light my house up like a Christmas Tree” ritual. (I also crank up the washer and dryer).

Linda Goodman
March 24, 2018 7:09 am

Earth Hour is Orwellian madness to suck in old hippies, their most useful idiots.

Reply to  Linda Goodman
March 24, 2018 4:52 pm

Hey Linda, I’m an old hippie! And this old hippie will be lighting up the yard, house, appliances–hee hee

Walter Sobchak
March 24, 2018 7:15 am

I am really sad that I cannot celebrate Earth Hour the way that I did a few years ago. Back then my family and I flew a thousand miles to Florida for the weekend. During Earth Hour we went to a really nice steakhouse and ate and drank to excess.
Tonight my contribution will be limited to cooking a lot of stuff for the holidays next weekend. I know it is not as much as I did back then, but it is something.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 24, 2018 7:21 am

Hoppy April Fools’ Day.

Gunga Din
March 24, 2018 8:01 am

I put these quotes up under another post but they do seem to fit here also.

Gerald Landry
March 24, 2018 8:04 am

If North America suffers a Volcanic Ash Umbrella or Nuclear Winter, Team Wynntarioweowe just destroyed the 2 Chimneys on North America’s largest Coal Power Plant with 2 new Nox SCR Scrubbers just behind the Chimney on the left of the picture. To add folly to a potential Perfect Storm, Line 4 of the Energy East natural gas pipeline system, TCP’s newest exploded in July 1995 from a Pre-Existing Crack, weakening Line 3 which also exploded burning the Compressor Station. 22 year’s later these are the pipe-dreams that were the Energy East Conn/Version Proposal. Imagine this happening in Heating Season with 24.5 Million people living East of the Manitoba Border. 28% of Ontario electricity is generated by Gas C0-Generation.
The Ontario Liberal government demonstrated a Symbolic Act of Stupidity; ie: Compare the 2 Video Pictures of those people of Influence having Ringside Stand-Up Comedy Positions, viewing the Demolition Blast with nary a Dust Mask nor Haz-Mat Suit for PPE, Personal Protection Equipment! Then they climbed into their cars covered in Fly Ash with its Heavy Metals questioning their mindlessness at their madness of a Media Moment.
OPG Nanticoke Smokestacks fall down on Feb. 28, 2018

Tom Harley
Reply to  Gerald Landry
March 24, 2018 5:51 pm

That’s what they did in South Australia, now they have the world’s most expensive power.

March 24, 2018 8:04 am

The weather forecast for earth hour here in Canada’s capital city is -3C/26F and cloudy. No chance I’m turning off anything for this goofy stunt.

March 24, 2018 8:26 am

I figure an hour of no lights is the only time a backyard astronomer can see anything in some areas of heavy “light pollution”. Otherwise, never mind.

Reply to  JimG1
March 24, 2018 6:40 pm

Really clear nights with low humidity.
12” Mead LX-200

March 24, 2018 8:38 am

I am amazed how blinkered so many commentators are on this site. You simply cannot look at the big picture which is why so many people ignore your perspective. Time to get real my friends:

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 9:07 am

First, remove the log from your own eye. Then, remove the Warmunist goggles, and stop guzzling the Klimate Koolade. Then, maybe you will finally “get real”.

Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 9:54 am

Join the club, then — most everybody here ignores your illusions.

Reply to  beng135
March 24, 2018 4:27 pm

Interesting that you talk about illusions here … the pot calling the kettle black.

Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 10:50 am

We certainly can and do look at the big picture. Most of us looked much wider than you appear to have and have not become participants in groupthink as so many believers have. We research, many have science degrees, and your side has what? A religious fervor and an intense dislike of anyone who disagrees. IE not a bit of science whatsoever.

Reply to  Sheri
March 24, 2018 4:26 pm

Please show me some positive trends in terms of mankind’s impact on the environment. Pumping out CO2 is good and the planet is benefitting? Yeah, live in any city, evaluate the health impacts of CO2 pollution on the human organism and then get back to me. You people make me laugh some of your ‘scientific’ arguments are so imbecilic

Reply to  Sheri
March 25, 2018 12:28 am

Ivan, why don’t you tell us what are these health impacts of CO2 pollution on the human organism? Then we can laugh at you some more.

Gunga Din
Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 2:49 pm

Sorry, Ivan. I can’t see the picture with the lights turned off.

Reply to  Gunga Din
March 24, 2018 4:11 pm

In your head GD … it’s all in your head. Maybe a few narcotics might help to expand your mind a bit. It really needs it.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
March 25, 2018 4:32 am

So drugs are required to comprehend your “big picture” in the dark and conclude it’s a good thing?
Been there, done that back in the early ’70s. Then I got delivered. (I saw the light.)

Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 2:49 pm

Earth is not doing well: UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals.
Hey, ivankinsman there is a cure for that. MORE CO2

Reply to  JON R SALMI
March 24, 2018 4:09 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah … and I am Donald Trump

Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 3:17 pm

Every survey I have ever read puts Global Warming dead last in the things that people worry about.
So much for ivanski’s latest delusion.

Reply to  MarkW
March 24, 2018 3:48 pm

That’s a generalisation if ever I have heard one Marski. You called me quite ‘pathetic’ for citing a source. Can you provide a source for this? Or is it just off the top of your head? To be frank, I think you are talking out of your arse…

Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 3:18 pm

BTW, I love it when someone points to their own website in order to support the nonsense they are touting.
Hiding it behind a redirection address in order to disguise the fact that you are doing so is even more pathetic.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  ivankinsman
March 24, 2018 5:20 pm

There is no need for blinkers to go dark, to see nothing, if there is no electricity flowing. Biochemical luminescence is a rare form of seeing in the dark. Blinkered acceptance of foolish, even contradictory, symbolic acts, should be as rare.
I agree that the comments above about ‘what socialism and capitalism’ are require sane rebuttal, but the core analysis, which is that celebrating darkness with the kiddies as soon as the sun is well-set, is idiotic. ‘Doing something’ together is great and builds unity – essential to having a society at all – but unthinking adherence to fads is an expression of ignorance and demonstrates a lack of personal due diligence.
It appears that Earth Hour was originally, mainly aimed at children and training them to get used to being told what to do and think about environmental issues. Preening pre-greening of the young. But prying a glowing screen from the hands of a modern child for an hour is not how to build good will and create better friendships, evidently.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
March 25, 2018 1:12 am

I agree with what you say about energy but definitely do not see AGW as a ‘fad’ along with millions of other people. Let’s just posit this theory: if sceptics are right then no harm done. But what if the sceptics are wrong – you might be prepared to take that risk but many people don’t, and you are in a distinct minority.

James Bull
March 24, 2018 8:45 am

All I got as adverts on this and other internet sites yesterday was wwf harping on about this and all I could think was how much of other peoples money have they spent when it was probably given to help polar bears, penguins and other similarly unendangered animals!
James Bull

March 24, 2018 8:49 am

Earth Hour was started by WWF in 2007. The BBC, of course, celebrates this stupidity every year.

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
March 24, 2018 3:19 pm

Why would a bunch of wrestlers care whether your porch light is on?

March 24, 2018 9:14 am

What is Human Achievement Hour?
Human Achievement Hour is the Competitive Enterprises Institute’s annual celebration of innovation and progress. During this hour, people around the world pay tribute to human ingenuity and advancements in every field from healthcare and energy to communications and transportation.
These achievements by entrepreneurs and innovators allow us to live richer and fuller lives. They also help us solve problems and protect ourselves and our families in unpredictable situations, like emergencies and disasters.

March 24, 2018 9:21 am

It is original sin. The sin is that we exist. These fools feel guilty for existing. The other part is that in the absence of religion, the only thing they can find that is pure and good is nature, so they deify nature. Nature is good and we are fallen from the garden of eden. The reality that humans in primitive conditions buried most of their children and fought constantly is conveniently forgotten. They should try living in a 3rd world country, and not in a nice hotel by the beach.

March 24, 2018 9:23 am

There is a book (can’t remember title) about how terrified people were of the dark in past times. Unless there was a moon and no clouds, you could get lost, fall off a cliff, get eaten by wild animals, get robbed and killed.

Richard Patton
Reply to  ccscientist
March 24, 2018 4:07 pm

It was also a History Channel Docu.

March 24, 2018 9:30 am

The Emperor watching over the dark cities during “Earth Hour”:
“Good. GOOD. Let the stupid flow through you.”

March 24, 2018 9:40 am

You’re saying you want us to give up cheap virtue-signalling for Lent?

March 24, 2018 10:35 am

In the U.S., the useful idiots are busy today with trying to disarm the populace. So any mention of Earth Hour will have to wait until after the “March to Ignore Every Single Factor in Mass Killings Except for the Most Popular Choice of Weapon”.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Ted
March 25, 2018 10:49 am

The hour’s preferred flavor of Kool-Aid.
(Odd how today’s “The Greatest Threat to Humanity” always takes a backseat to the next “The Greatest Threat to Humanity” just because the latest one seems to have some momentum in the press.)

Steve Keppel-Jones
Reply to  Ted
March 26, 2018 10:28 am

And also “The March To Ignore the Top 10 Causes of Death and Focus on the 11th” (you are around 5x more likely to kill yourself than to be murdered with a gun, and 10x more likely to die in an accident, which I am assuming is mostly composed of car accidents, and 20x more likely to be killed by your doctor!)

Dan DaSilva
March 24, 2018 10:52 am

Every light in the house.

Philip T. Downman
March 24, 2018 10:53 am

Guess how our local muppets will celebrate “Earth Hour”
With a torch march! Yes marching with burning torches while the community turns off electrical lights for one hour.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Philip T. Downman
March 24, 2018 12:57 pm

How quaint. Fire brings us back to our caveman roots. Sort of like what the Climatists want to do do our civilization.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
March 24, 2018 11:03 am

What I would wish for is a millionaire who could afford to place the posting in the form of an full page advertisement open letter in a few national newspapers in the U.K./U.S.A on “Earth” Day, it would stick in a few craws but many would find the different view informative.

Fred Brohn
March 24, 2018 11:58 am

I plan to reread Isaac Asimov’s, “Nightfall”; however, I fear that dark and madness have already descended upon us!

Reply to  Fred Brohn
March 25, 2018 1:32 am

the russians are at it again

March 24, 2018 12:10 pm

Great article Prof. Ross. Well done. Right on the mark. Thanks And coming from academia, makes it even better.

March 24, 2018 1:36 pm

Earth Hour — An hour when the only illumination is from hypocrites looking at their Faceberg status on their smartphones.

Barbara Skolaut
Reply to  Max Photon
March 24, 2018 2:05 pm


Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  Max Photon
March 24, 2018 5:26 pm

On 107.5 FM in and around Waterloo it is called FaceBitch.

March 24, 2018 1:41 pm

All of our electricity is hydro electric. The water flow in the rivers will not stop during earth hour, whether or not the water goes through the turbines or around them. Might as well make and use the electricity.

March 24, 2018 1:58 pm

Earth hour 8:30 P.M. tonight. Lights out, abandon all hope.
Tonight there is darkness on Earth
Earth hour; for watt it is worth.
North Korea is right
It is dark: Earth’s delight.
The darkness shall cover the Earth,
Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Barbara Skolaut
March 24, 2018 2:03 pm

Thanks for letting me know – I’ll wash clothes tonight instead of tomorrow.
Will also nudge up the thermostat a notch (it’s a little chilly in here). All lights on, of course (except the back door light – it has a feature that makes it come on only whenever something/someone triggers a sensor, and I’m not going to stand there and open the door again and again for an hour). Will put on the TV even though I don’t plan to watch it (thank God for “mute.”) I’d play the radio, too, but don’t have a non-battery one. Computer is on, of course.
I know it’s not much, but I’m trying to do my part. 😀
And THANKS, Prof. McKitrick!

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Ulaanbaatar
Reply to  Barbara Skolaut
March 24, 2018 5:55 pm

Your back door light: if you turn off the power to it and turn it on again within 10 seconds, it will stay on, for most products.
To reset it to normal function, turn off the power for more than 30 seconds then turn it on again. Almost all auto-on lights work this way. I think 20 seconds is the trigger line.

John F. Hultquist
March 24, 2018 2:13 pm

Earth provides soil, water, vines, grapes, and yeast.
The vines produce oxygen.
The grapes provide sugar.
The yeast manufacture alcohol and Carbon Dioxide.
A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.
Wine is sunshine in a bottle.
Earth is a fantastic thing.
We will celebrate Her tonight with a glass of wine.

March 24, 2018 2:33 pm

We should all bow down to Nikola Tesla,
“let’s take a look at what Nikola Tesla — a man who died broke and alone — has actually given to the world. For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has. ”
We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day — namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius. He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other “captains of industry.” Upon Nikola Tesla’s death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific research, some of which has been released by the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act. (I’ve embedded the first 250 pages below and have added a link to the .pdf of the final pages, 290 in total).
I wounder were we would be if it wasn’t for people like this ????

Bill Murphy
March 24, 2018 2:44 pm

I thought about buying a quart of whale oil and a lamp to celebrate the 18th century lifestyle this event promotes, but I could not find any for sale. So instead tonight I will turn on all the lights, and light the kerosene lamp I keep for power outage emergencies and drink a toast to old John D. Rockefeller and Tom Edison and George Westinghouse to thank them for seeing to it that I did not have to grow up in a house that stank of burning whale oil and required cleaning the lampblack from the lamp chimneys every few days.

Percy Grainger
March 24, 2018 2:53 pm

Communism is Soviet power and electrification of the whole country.

March 24, 2018 5:59 pm

The photos from space of the night earth dramatically illustrate how we waste our resources. Shade fixtures so the light shines down, where it is needed. And once again enjoy the stars!

March 24, 2018 6:57 pm

Lights are on.
Also rented a Peterbilt and left it running – all night,
Yea Earth Hour!

March 24, 2018 7:53 pm

I have replaced most of my incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with LEDs and proudly lit them to display my superior energy saving virtue.

Reply to  commieBob
March 24, 2018 8:06 pm

The continued improvement in LEDs is stunning.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Max Photon
March 24, 2018 8:26 pm

The green nutters believe that the day will come that LEDs, when switched on, will generate energy and light. All problems solved.

March 24, 2018 9:05 pm

Is “Earth hour” widely known? Nothing in our nextdoor about it and most lights on in the neighborhood.
I’ve only heard about it through WUWT …

Non Nomen
Reply to  climatebeagle
March 24, 2018 11:12 pm

God bless your neighborhood and it’s common sense.

March 24, 2018 10:48 pm

Once a year we have a litter pick in the village times just before the grass verges and hedgerows start growing in spring. This year we were snookered by snow falling the day before the litter pick, but each year it amazes and saddens me with the amount of rubbish, mostly thrown from cars, we find on the roadside. Cans, plastic bottles and sandwich wrappers. Last year I collected over three large bin liners with rubbish from a 400 yard stretch of roadside near my house. What’s lot of slobs our society has become! Yet the current issue du jour has become plastics that are polluting the oceans, started by David Attenborough’s programme Blue Planet 2. Maybe we should start by. Not throwing rubbish everywhere on land, before it makes its way to the oceans. (Rant over!)

Non Nomen
Reply to  StephenP
March 24, 2018 11:13 pm


March 25, 2018 2:39 am

8:30 PM is not a good time for me so instead I will turn off the lights when I go to bed. In anticipation of the event I made sure the lights were off before I left the house in the morning but I turned them on when It got dark because I did not want to have my dinner in the dark and I had some work to do on the computer. In the spirit of Earth Day, I will always try to turn off most of the lights in the house when I go to bed each night because we have all got to do our part. We also try to turn off lights when we are not using them so as to lower our electric bill. We are trying not to waste money.

Gary Pearse
March 25, 2018 10:20 am

Maybe suppliers of power should shut power and fuel off for a week (Atlas Shrugging). It wouldn’t be name by the gang green. It would be dubbed by most as Hell on Earth Week.

Joel Snider
March 26, 2018 12:13 pm

I’m going to leave the heat on too.
And eat a steak.

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