Blackout Night

Viv Forbes, chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, today came out in support of Earth Hour – but said it should be renamed “Blackout Night” and held outdoors, for the whole night, in mid-winter, on the shortest and coldest day of the year – 22 June in the Southern Hemisphere.
“Spending just one night in the cold and the dark, with no hot coffee or beef on the barbecue, using no light, heat or vehicle energy from coal, gas, petrol or diesel, and without protection from metal or concrete structures, would be good practice for the blackouts and shortages to come if world rationing of carbon products and carbon energy is achieved,” he said.
More I thought I might go for a long drive in my vehicle nicknamed “Global Warmer with Middle Finger V8 package” and run over a Prius or two.


  • Let’s care about the environment. Let’s turn off the lights and fill the air with the smoke from burning candles instead. Does this seem ludicrous to anyone else?

  • Yes, but people who BELIEVE also believe in symbols and Earth Hour is a symbol. Like apologizing to Aborigines, signing Kyoto and sending ships to get photos of Japanese whalers. None of the above help the environment, Aborigines or whales but the feel good effect is uplifting…apparently.

  • I turned my lights on Kev

  • Indeed. Form my little experience of a rental Prius they’d have trouble getting out of the way and they’re probably burning almost as much fossil fuel as you are. Hybrids are nothing but a salve for a guilty conscience.

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