Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Hour of Power

David Menzies celebrating the Human Achievement hour
(photo courtesy Joe Warmington & David Menzies)
I had the pleasure of spending the first part of "Earth Hour" at the Richmond Hill residence of Writer/Broadcaster David Menzies who was celebrating Human Achievement Hour by setting up some powerful search lights in his driveway and enjoying some snacks and drinks.

You can read more about it here.  The Menzoid makes the case so much more succinctly and eloquently than I can.

If anything, it's a demonstration that there are some people in the world who don't just follow blindly something the "experts" tell us is irrefutable fact -- even if those facts are based, at best, on data which has been cherry-picked in order to prove their hypothesis.  It's much like the expert opinions on nutrition.  If you do a little bit of research you'll discover that saturated fat and cholesterol are actually good for you, yet popular wisdom has demonized them.

The simple fact is that the earth has been experiencing climate change since it came into existence.  It's what did in the dinosaurs and will eventually wipe us out to make room for the next species who will roam the planet thinking they can actually control the whims of mother nature.

Along with Mr. Menzies, I don't like being preached to.  We pay for our electricity.  Therefore, we should feel free to use as much as we care to.  What really bugs me is the sanctimonious attitude of those who participate figuring that they're saving the environment.  They think it's a good idea to light candles.  The vast majority of caldles are made of paraffin -- a substance made of petroleum.  Considering that something like 95% of the electricity in Ontario in considered clean energy, the mere act of lighting a bunch of dirty candles with their awful carbon footprint would defeat the whole purpose, would it not?

However, all is not lost.  I did notice that common sense is definitely taking hold.

Driving home at about 9:00, I didn't notice any lights dimmed along the stretch of Yonge Street between Richmond Hill and North York.  In fact, when I got home at about 9:15, I took a spin around the block and lo and behold, lights were on everywhere.  In fact, it seemed that some houses aside from mine had extra lights turned on to celebrate the occasion.

It was heartwarming.

At that point, I got home and turned out the lights.  The point has been made.

Additional information added Monday, March 28.

Well, according to an article in the Toronto Star, Toronto saw a 5% drop in power usage during the hour of power -- half of the 10% drop from last year.

In fact, many households of the biggest proponents of earth hour were caught leaving their lights on for the hour.  David Miller and Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid were apparently not at home so they couldn't turn their lights off (am I the only one that finds that odd?) but there was absolutely no excuse for the following:

According to this article in the star:

The lights were going full tilt in the living room and front hall Saturday night at the home of Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. 
That evening a Star photographer showed up out front and a next door neighbour asked him what he was shooting. Shortly after the neighbour entered her home, the lights went out at Goldberg’s.
But the lights went on again minutes later, and a young man ran out of Goldberg’s saying the picture was unfair because the house has solar panels, and the family drives a hybrid vehicle.
Nice to see these people leading by example in their typical left-wing "Do as I say not as I do" attitude.


  1. Your lights may be on, but nobody's home.

  2. The sad truth about it is that they are all preaching about something without knowing everything. Many environmental services can educate people about saving the planet in their own small way, but believing a publicity/political stunt is just too much.