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Los Angeles County is about to take the lead in the fight against global warming, reports Susannah Rosenblatt for the Los Angeles Times :

Following San Francisco's lead, Los Angeles County and city officials are urging people, businesses and government to switch off nonessential lights for one hour next month to save energy.

Led by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke and City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the proposed effort asks Angelenos to simultaneously go dark between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as San Franciscans do the same. Local officials are expected to vote on the plan next week.

At the original event in Sydney, Australia, in March, 2.2 million people cut the lights, causing a 10% drop in electricity use. The so-called Earth Hour reduced 25 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking nearly 49,000 cars off the road for 60 minutes, organizers said.

"It's a great opportunity to conserve," Burke said, "a great [symbol] of people coming together."

Although San Francisco's energy-saving event has been in the works for six months, with cooperation from city officials and the chamber of commerce to black out the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid and Alcatraz, among other landmarks, Los Angeles officials hope to get the word out in a matter of weeks. They'll use public service announcements, advertising at public facilities and partnerships with local universities. Plus, there are plans for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs at city and county facilities, said Karly Katona, a deputy for Burke.

"This effort is really about public education," Greuel said. She hopes it will encourage people to "think twice about leaving the kitchen light on at night." She estimates the hour of darkness could cut energy use across the county by about 10%.

Read the whole story at the link above. Now, I'm all in favor of any move to "switch off nonessential lights," don't get me wrong. I've been in favor of it long before it became chic to "fight global warming" or participate in meaningless group gestures. I've been in favor of it roughly since I began paying the light bills.

Here's a thought for you moonbat morons to ponder: instead of asking us to "switch off nonessential lights" for ONE HOUR, why don't we just "switch off nonessential lights" and LEAVE THEM OFF?

Dads have known about this for generations. One old comic definition of a "Dad" is "The man in your house who wanders from room to room, switching off lights." Us Dads weren't doing this out of any misbegotten sense of nobility or sacrifice; we did it because we realized we could reduce the electricity bill.

But these trendy-lefty nincompoops in LA and Frisco think by switching off lights for an HOUR, they are accomplishing some greater moral good for society. Think about it: if I ask you to switch off your lights for an hour, am I not implying you should feel free to switch 'em back on after the hour has passed?

So, kids, let's strike a meaningful blow for the environment, against global warming, and help out Dad in the process: Turn. The. Darned. Lights. Off.

TV, computer, radio, and Lava Lites, too. What, do I look like I OWN the electric company?

Have a green day!


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Comments (18)

Hey, the globe is cooling. ... (Below threshold)

Hey, the globe is cooling. Let there be light.

Google 'Lindzen Schmidt deb... (Below threshold)

Google 'Lindzen Schmidt debate' for a link to transcripts and commentary on a debate held by Intelligence Squared on March 14, 2007, during which 3 skeptics significantly changed the minds of a sophiticated audience about whether or not global warming is a crisis.

The temperature is most determined by clouds, which are determined by cosmic rays, determined by the earth's magnetic field, determined by the sun's magnetic field, determined by the distance of the sun from the center of gravity of the solar system. We warmed from the seventies to the late nineties, have held static since and are starting to cool.

Do what I did and buy enoug... (Below threshold)

Do what I did and buy enough stock in your local utility company that the dividends pay your electric bill with money left over. And by all means, if you are connected to TXU leave your lights on!

If I had a dollar for every... (Below threshold)

If I had a dollar for every time I had to turn the lights off after my kids and grandkids,I could buy the power company.

Cute, B, how Texas dodged C... (Below threshold)

Cute, B, how Texas dodged California's mess, huh?

Folks, if you didn't have c... (Below threshold)

Folks, if you didn't have changing climate, you'd have static ecological niches, meaning less evolutionary pressure. Where would we be now if climate were unchanging?

And of course the most libe... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

And of course the most liberal leftists city in america SAN FRANCISCO leads they way of how crazy they can get in their own insanity and pure 99/44 and 100% stupdidy

No industrialized country w... (Below threshold)

No industrialized country who signed Kyoto has met their quota/target. As far as I can tell none of them are taking the steps necessary to do so. Basically the world has voted, and despite the rhetoric, declared AGW to be a non event.

Dead issue walking. The sc... (Below threshold)

Dead issue walking. The science is in, the debate is over, contrary evidence has mounted to a point where anyone who critically looks at the issue knows that CO2 is not the driver of climate, it's a lagging effect of temperature change. If it makes them feel good, they can knock themselves out, go for it and enjoy. But don't shove it down my throat.

Another bogus issue has recently been dealt a serious blow, CFC-driven ozone depletion. The ozone hole over antarctica was first measured by Dr. Gordon Dobson in 1956, prior to widespread use of Freon (a CFC). But NASA to this day claims the ozone hole first opened up in 1985, when it was first observed FROM SPACE. This logic would also suggest that microscopes cause the presence of germs.

Well, NASA has finally decided to test the ozone depletion theory, by testing the rate of reaction by which halogens (chlorine, bromine, etc) break down ozone. Oops, shouldn't have peeked behind that curtain, because the reaction is 1/10th that required to be the cause of the ozone hole. This will not get any press, because there is no disaster to avert. But it will spark further research and replication, and hopefully it will surface with the public in time to stop the planned phase-out of the currently used less volatile versions of CFC being used in refrigeration and AC, since no replacement is now available.

OK, mantis, follow the link... (Below threshold)

OK, mantis, follow the link to Motl's blog.

Bullwinkle,You're re... (Below threshold)

You're really going to love your TXU stock when the ERCOT energy trading market goes from a Zonal to a Nodal model in the next year. Expect an initial drop for a month or 3 as players in the market adjust (and by all means, buy up what the skittish sell), then watch it grow. Or check the other companies that trade in the market, and see who already trades in one of the existing nodal markets. Better yet, see who was trading in a zonal market that converted to nodal (like the PJM market). Those are the companies that won't miss a beat, and will turn a profit quickest.

You know, the sun was inven... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

You know, the sun was invented for a reason.

And yes, at night, I somehow manage with only a few 40W bulbs on. Because I am trying to offset my carbon? Hardly. I hate paying high electricity bills (especially here in good old Southern Kalifornistan).

Can I haz mor <a href="http... (Below threshold)

Can I haz mor lampz?

We R in ur miths and sakrif... (Below threshold)

We R in ur miths and sakrifizing ur vergins.

She hopes it will encour... (Below threshold)

She hopes it will encourage people to "think twice about leaving the kitchen light on at night."

Some people will leave a light on at night to deter any potential burglary. South Central and other parts of East LA, in particular, come to mind. At best, residents will see a fraction of a cent off their electric bill for that month. (um, yay)

La cocina? Now they wanna ... (Below threshold)

La cocina? Now they wanna douse the hearth? Savages.

And in some places the envi... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

And in some places the enviromentalists wackos were demanding that some cities shut off their street lights becuase they endanger insects or that a highway on the pacific coast have a speed limit of 10 mph becuase of splatred bugs what else will these eco-wackos come up with besides being rediclous

Have you noticed eco-wackos... (Below threshold)

Have you noticed eco-wackos aren't rediclously squawking these threads anymore? It is a good time to be a skeptic.






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