Saturday, December 15, 2007

In the dark

Toronto Mayor David Miller announced that "Torontonians will join WWF-Canada and the Toronto Star in turning off their lights on March 29 from 8 to 9 p.m." to make, as politicians will do when their own jurisdictional authorities are not encumbered, a cheap and sanctimonious gesture at "national governments [who] have failed to step up to the challenge of climate change."

Although the endorsement is introduced with that hint of compulsion that would have been altogether appropriate, the idea "that everyone should spend 60 minutes like an environmentalist," as Paul Tuns puts it, is not actually mandatory — it merely relies on the prospect that ordinary citizens will gratify their purposes through meaningless gestures in harmony with the political dramatists they have employed. Everybody wins… hurrah!

Because it's voluntary, it will be a great opportunity to learn which neighbours to stigmatize as deniers by those those lights left on. And for criminals who make heyday during blackouts, it will be a quick but equal opportunity to reap profits from dim sentiments.


Anonymous said...

Still though, you gotta be impressed at the courageous stand that those pro wrestlers are taking.

basil said...

This a thinly disguised attempt to crash the power grid and create a massive blackout.

Didn't Al Bore decide against this action during Live8 (or whatever that waste of hydro concert was called) when someone informed him that the stress on the power grids of the world, if everyone turns their lights on and off at the same time, would cause blackouts world wide?

eng said...

There is a lot of generation that they can't just turn off and on at will. Nuclear stations take a day or so to stop or start. They can stop very quickly in an emergency, but then take much longer to restart. Thermal generation (coal or natural gas) is much faster. Only hydro generation can be quickly brought on and off line simply by adjusting a sluice gate (in minutes).

Load forecasting allows planned ramping up and down of the generation system, but for a short duration event like this, they will simply keep the generators on.

Nice gesture, but actually a dumb idea. They should have arranged a "mock blackout" then at least there would be some value in associated emergency preparedness drills.

Elaine said...

Why don't they go for a real glowtard test. Shut it all off in Toronto for a month.

That I would pay money to see.

Elaine said...

Climate alarmism hits a brick wall
Benny Peiser, Financial Post

Surprise! Surprise! Look at that, no country is willing to shut down their economy to appease the glowtard hysteria.