Between 8:30 and 9:30 tonight (Eastern Daylight Time, US), I “observed” Earth Hour, which meant turning out all of the lights in the house for an hour. (I admit that I didn’t unplug my laptop and go to battery power.) I was having Internet connectivity problems at 8:30, so I decided the dog could use another walk. This afforded me the opportunity to gauge how many of my neighbors at least appeared to be on board, but this wasn’t easy because it’s kind of a sleepy community in any case. I suspect a lot of the people around here were unaware of the suggestion to go dim for an hour anyway.
But there were plenty of people who were well aware of Earth Hour who were not content to ignore it, instead using it as one more means of proving to the world how stupid they are. If anyone still needs convincing that wingnuts place ideology not only ahead of thinking but before self-interest, posts like this should do the trick.
Seriously. I am going to turn on every light, plug something in to as many sockets as possible, turn BOTH of my ovens on, the TVs and the stereo will be blasting… Oh, there’s gonna be a GRAND ol’ parTAY here at the CatHouse tonight.
PFFFT! Those bleeding heart eco-freaks make me nauseous…
UPDATE: My dear blog-brother, Scott is upping the ante… You go, man!
Yeah, that’ll help. And then when this moron’s electric bill comes next month, she’ll probably bitch about how high it is and claim this is a result of excessive government regulation.
There is no good reason at all why self-described conservatives should view energy conservation as a strictly liberal cause; even haters of Obama and everything else with a (D) after its name are, in theory, concerned with their utility bills even if they don’t give a rip about the environment in general. I guess the road to being a REAL AMERICAN is paved with lame little quasi-protests aimed solely at symbolically spitting in someone’s face. I think the U.S. has some kind of a national prayer day every year, but you won’t see atheists gathering en masse in church parking lots in GOD SUCKS T-shirts or leaving Freedom From Religion Foundation newsletters all over the place on that day (a comparison that fits only politically and breaks down at the level of practicality; energy conservation is useful, prayer a waste of time).
In short, people are under no obligation to follow Earth Hour, and indeed they are welcome to flaunt it. It’s just that doing so exposes people now and forever as motivated only by hate and scorn. I think the only thing that gives some of these nuts genuine pleasure is war and death.
Then again, what does anyone expect of a clone of Jerri from Strangers With Candy? She had serious issues. And do you know which one is which? (Image and inspration courtesy of meatbrain.)