Did you turn off all your electric lights and appliances for an hour Saturday night at 8:30? You know, to save the planet?
If you really want to save the planet, and especially if you think earth hour on Saturday night makes sense, maybe you should consider moving to North Korea. After all, every hour there is earth hour. The lights are always out.
Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, comments on earth hour in the Vancouver Sun on March 25, 2011:
Why I Will Leave My Lights On
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.
Read the rest of Professor McKitrick’s comments here.