Rightbloggers Counter Eco-Nazis' "Earth Hour" by Patriotically Wasting Electricity

tomt200.jpgThis weekend, an unknown number of people worldwide participated in the fifth annual "Earth Hour" sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. They turned off electricity to "take a stand against climate change." Landmarks were dimmed, but the effect on either energy consumption or awareness is unknown and perhaps unknowable.

Is Earth Hour legit, or just a useless feel-good thing? Most normal people probably don't much care one way or the other.

Rightbloggers, on the other hand, were enraged, and supported a counter-demonstration: Human Achievement Hour, in which conservatives turned on more power just to show the stupid eco-Nazis something or other.

Whatever Earth Hour's overall participation, it was impressively widespread; even the Israel Defense Forces honored Earth Hour by turning off the lights at several bases, which enraged Daniel Greenfield: "This isn't just insanity. It's complete madness," he said. "This is how civilizations die, murdered by the idiots and lunatics at the top," etc.

Nonoy Oplas of Government and Taxes denounced this "Earth Hour lunacy" and wrote to the WWF to announce himself "ready for any debate on climate science and policy should you wish to organize one." They didn't write back, which signaled to Oplas that "absence of reply for serious critic of their major programs is lousy. And would signal cowardice to debates," rather than a backload of crank mail at the WWF.

The straw flew as Let's Get Political claimed Earth Hour participants were "dancing in the dark like so many primitives before them," and that "many of these same people" had also been "out shopping for Geiger counters to measure for trace amounts of radiation" after the Japan nuclear incidents. No source offered -- maybe LGP saw them at the Home Depot.

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The hippies are indoctrinating our children! We must set a positive example by cranking the heat to 90°.
Pajamas TV's AlfonZo Rachel celebrated the event with a video called "Environmentalists: The Greediest People in America." High gas prices demonstrated to him that "we're paying for the naivete, the selfishness, and the self-righteousness of liberals." How so? "Liberals have been so willingly suckered by the green movement," he explained. "The green industry has a product they're trying to sell. And when you want to sell a product, oftentimes a marketing tactic is to point out the negatives of your competition."

So far this sounds like capitalism, which we were surprised to hear Rachel oppose. "Pretty much everything has an ugly side to it," he admitted, "and the green movement is an ugly side of the free market. They totally suckered the people into believing oil and nuclear power is evil."

Rather than calling on the Ad Council to look into these false marketing claims, Rachel began addressing liberals directly. "You liberals hate crony capitalism so much," he told them, "yet you people are the culprits totally endorsing it. And I agree with you, crony capitalism is wrong... It's the ugly sister of socialism, and you freaky liberals are in a ménage à trois with both of them!"

We were interested to hear how else Rachel would oppose crony capitalism, and if he would denounce GE's tax-free ride from the U.S. Government; alas, he yelled instead about companies using "stimulus money" to buy solar and wind energy, which meant that "you're being forced to buy into the green industry," rather than being allowed to buy into the government-subsidized oil and nuclear industries, as the Founders intended.

Some rightbloggers were clearly motivated to oppose Earth Hour by scientists (or "scientists") touting so-called "climate change."

"The major problem with this Earth Hour promotion," wrote Edmund Jenks at the Examiner, "is that it is an awareness program in favor of a world solution to a problem that is proving itself to be based upon fraudulent data..." "Sadly, the Philippines is one of the event's participants," wrote Richard James Mendoza. "Indeed, it is saddening as most aren't yet aware of the blatant misinformation and scaremongering led by the so-called environmentalists along with the mainstream media about global warming/climate change or whatever name they've given to it..."

"Earth hour is a feel good measure devised by pseudo-scientists who wish to throw a scientific veil over objectives that are deeply ideological," claimed Textbook Thinking. "The hell with it! The hell with this parody of science that is used to make defunct ideologies respectable again!"

But most seemed to be motivated by a simple desire to show themselves ostentatiously "politically incorrect" (i.e., assholes). Among these we may count Christopher Renner. "This week I had a big smile on my face," said Renner, "upon discovering the office where I work does NOT recycle anything but paper." It takes so little to please some people.

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    BWAHAHA EAT IT LIBTARDS!
Several said that by turning off their lights, liberals were making the world look just like their girlfriend, North Korea. "North Korea has 'Earth Hour' all night every night," ha-ha'd Poneke. "How many members of the fantastically wealthy WWF, their fellow travellers and the 'useful idiots' across suburbia who will turn out their lights tonight would happily shift there?" "Get a load of what North Korea looks like at night as compared to their capitalist southern neighbors," insisted Say Anything. "Libtards: if you REALLY want to live in the dark move to North Korea," said Noah Bawdy. "They celebrate 'Earth Hour' EVERY DAY!"

We wonder how many of these cowboys keep their lights on all night long, afraid that if they didn't, their bedrooms would go communist.

Human Achievement Hour was made for these people.

To combat the appearance of environmentalism, the Competitive Enterprise Institute founded this counter-event in 2009. HAH is co-sponsored by The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, which will give you some idea of the thinking behind it.

The barrier to entry is low: Participants "need only to spend the hour... enjoying the benefits of capitalism and human innovation: Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch television, take a hot shower, drink a beer..." This is clever, as even casual activities by people who are unaware of the whole thing could be counted a victory for Human Achievement.

Rightbloggers went farther, though, or at least claimed to.

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Kevintextgen
Kevintextgen

As one of the blogger mentioned in this article I would like to clarify something:

Being skeptical about global warming does not mean turning a blind eye to the other (very real) environmental problems that we have on our hands. I might not agree with Earth Hour but that does not mean that I support the attitudes of people who oppose it just to be politically incorrect.

The problem is not with caring about the environment, it is about the ideological interests at play behind earth hour and other such operations.

Cheers

PS: I may not celebrate earth hour but I recycle

Dirk
Dirk

The problem is not with disregarding the environment, it is about the ideological interests at play behind opposing energy efficiency and other such operations.

UnholyMoses
UnholyMoses

"We wonder how many of these cowboys keep their lights on all night long, afraid that if they didn't, their bedrooms would go communist."

Centuries from now, that line will be held up as one of the greatest ever written.

Oh, and you owe me a new keyboard, since mine now has coffee all over it (the monitor has cleaned up nicely).

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"Earth Hour is halfway through now," said Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin's site, "and all my lights are shining so bright

A guy could make a lot of money selling Wattage-enhancing polish.

cleter
cleter

I hate to break it to those guys at the Ayn Rand Center drinking beer to celebrate capitalism, but capitalism didn't invent beer. It was dirty old statists in Sumer. For what it's worth, capitalism didn't invent fire or agriculture, either.

mds
mds

"Several said that by turning off their lights, liberals were making the world look just like their girlfriend, North Korea."

It's long been evident with modern right-wingers that they are unable to understand the concept of consent. It usually shows up in slippery slopes to pedophilia and sex with box turtles, but apparently it's now reached the light switches.

""it will take back every inch of the tiny little piece of modern America that I have purchased and maintained with the sweat of my own brow and move on from there."

So ... how did MacDonald actually run all those things he plugged in, since I doubt he strung his own power lines? OMG, socialism!

Roy T.
Roy T.

My brother and his wife always flip on every lamp, ceiling light, and cabinet fixture whenever they come to visit, but I always assumed it was because they were heterosexual.

Susan of Texas
Susan of Texas

that nifty neck massager with the built in heater--hummmmmmmmmmmmm. Love that thing

So does his wife.

Speaking of wives, the conservative ladies are not doing their part. They know very well that liberal women love contraceptives and hate babies, yet conservative women still take birth control and limit the size of their family. (Mr. Duggar's uterus-by-marriage excepted, of course.)

If conservative women really want to stick it to liberals they need to get pregnant early and often. And not just poor conservative women--they're already doing their part. The two most popular conservative women bloggers have two children apiece. Some very popular bloggers have no children at all. Don't they want to fulfill God's natural laws, obey the Bible, and stick it to liberals in one swift thrust?

--Rick from LGP
--Rick from LGP

Your comment about Let's Get Political not sourcing that there has been an increase in the sales of geiger counters and potassium iodine pills is either in error or a deliberate distortions. A link has been provided at that site, http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com... that leads readers to a report on such activity by MSNBC news...not exactly a conservative news source.

Daphne
Daphne

"None so blind" strikes me as a paradox in this situation.

R. Porrofatto
R. Porrofatto

A right-wing acquaintance of mine didn't limit his celebration of the benefits of capitalism to turning on all his lights and appliances. He went so far as exposing himself to high levels of radiation, eating an endangered species, and blowing a banker. Surprisingly, on a Saturday evening it was a lot harder to rustle up a Madagascan Fruit Bat to grill than to find a Goldman Sachs exec wandering the streets of Manhattan with his dick out.

mememine
mememine

How could this unstoppable warming crisis have been real and worth the sacrifice for costly CO2 mitigation, when Obama himself didn't say a single word about the "CRISIS" in his STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS? Even Obomber is as DENEIR now.The majority of voters now are former believers so you lazy copy and paste news editors are jokes for the history books and never to be respected again. Climate Change did to journalism what abusive priests and suicide bombers did for religion.Voters had the real consensus that counted and as bible thumping Republicans are to the neocons, so was fear mongering climate change believers to progressivism leaving Climate change the Iraq War for the left. Move on, for children's sake.

synykyl
synykyl

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

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

Friends don't let friends post drunk.

I for one am glad that Obama solved global warming by not mentioning it in the State of the Union address.

commie atheist
commie atheist

That's a most impressive word salad. Sarah Palin, I presume?

Q.Q. Moar
Q.Q. Moar

"Climate Change did to journalism what abusive priests and suicide bombers did for religion."

Yeah, religion was so cool before Catholics and Muslims fucked it up for everybody else.

edroso
edroso

The majority of voters now are former believers so you lazy copy and paste news editors are jokes for the history books and never to be respected again.

Wait -- we were once respected?

cleter
cleter

Well, only while "All the Presidents Men" was in theaters, and even then it was probably only for editors that looked like Jason Robards, or maybe Mrs. Pynchon.

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