Earth Hour 2012

I despise “Earth Hour”.

It’s useless pap and nonsense.

Economist Ross McKitrick sums it up the best:


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.

Make no mistake about it.

If the radical leftists/greenies truly get what they are trying to do, we will go back to living in the 19th century.

“The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.”

The money quote !!


Would You Pay $60,000 For A Home Generator?

First a Caveat !!!!

There is nothing in the story about how much this vehicle costs. (which means it costs a shitload)

I’m basing the $60,000 on the known price of the Chevy Crap Useless Volt and adding some since the pickup is more expensive.

An interesting benefit to being able to generate 15 kilowatts of electricity with the turn of a key is that the eREVs can each theoretically generate enough juice to temporarily power a small- to medium-size house. VIA showcased the vehicles’ ability to power almost any tool that a PG&E technician might need at a work site, but PG&E hopes that this capacity can be increased in the future and used to shorten or eliminate planned maintenance outages or provide emergency power to businesses and residences. The idea is that you could send an electrified truck to a trouble spot, hook it up to the power infrastructure, and boost the electric grid until the issue has been resolved.

Please, fist note the words: “theoretically”, ” temporarily”,”small- to medium”,” hopes”

That tells us immediately that this is nothing but a hobby toy or a high school science project.

“Boost the electric grid until the issue has been resolved”.

OK, math time !!!

Unless the are only talking about one (small to medium) house, just how freakin’ many of these drivable generators would be needed to just power up a city block???

PG&E already charges very high rates for power, and this ain’t gonna help lower consumer costs !!