The Inconvenient Truth: ‘Earth Hour’ adds to CO2 emissions Mocks the poor
The Inconvenient Truth: Earth Hour adds to CO2 emissions.
Emma and Andrew from The Amazing Spiderman 2Earth Hour is a crazy idea that environmentalists have not thought through. How can turning off your lights for an hour whilst still have your sound system, your air-conditioner, your dishwasher, your computer etc devouring electricity?And how about reports of two film celebrities (Emma and Andrew from The Amazing Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro) jetting in to the Barrier Reef to help celebrate Earth Hour? How will that reduce CO2 emissions?That Skeptical Environmentalist Bjorn Lomberg has revealed the truth of Earth Hour.Earth hour adds to pollution, mocks the poorIf all the turned-off lights were turned into emission reductions they would not amount to much. It would likely be the equivalent of China halting its CO2 emissions for less than four minutes.But even this is unrealistic because in the real world power plants keep running to accommodate usage from all other uses and the potential surge after the hour ends. The power sector thinks the net reduction is close to zero. And even this forgets that almost all participants light candles instead. But candles are almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs, and more than 300 times less efficient than fluorescent lights. Light one candle and it will emit as much CO2 as you were saving. Light a bunch of candles and you’ll have emitted much more CO2. So Earth Hour may actually increase CO2 emissions. Lomborg then details the darker side of the environmentalists’ campaign:While more than a billion people across the globe make a symbol of forgoing non-essential electrical power for one hour a year, another 1.3 billion people across the developing world will continue to live without electricity as they do every other night of the year. Almost three billion people still burn dung, twigs and other traditional fuels indoors to cook and keep warm. These fuels give off noxious fumes that kill an estimated 3.5 million people each year, mostly women and children. It was the advent of widespread electrical power that freed us from some of these harmful practices that still affect large parts of the developing world. Electric stoves and heaters have ended the scourge of indoor air pollution. It is, surely, all part of the red Greens plot to depopulate the world.
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