Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Every Hour is Earth Hour in North Korea

Peter Foster includes this nighttime satellite image illustrating power usage in North Korea and South Korea in a post about Earth Hour in Toronto.

Driving around the Stygian gloom of downtown Toronto on Saturday night during Earth Hour was a profoundly depressing experience. It demonstrated not public concern about the environment, but the terrifying power of eco-hysteria, and the suicidal eagerness of local governments and companies to conform to the dimbulb zeitgeist.

I thought of my parents’ tales of the forced blackouts during the London Blitz, to prevent giving Nazi bombers a target. Now the prospect of economic destruction comes not from the skies but from within our own communities. The desire is apparently to make the West's richest and most beautiful cities look more like Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, on a Saturday night.
Earth hour has come and gone, but we do have Earth Day to look forward to. It's not clear if google's interface will go black or green on earth day, but according to this article, google is negotiating with eco-activists to encourage the public to bombard their legislators with calls to do something to make the planet run right.

cp: The People's Paradise

1 Comment:

T. F. Stern said...

I guess you could say the N. Korean public is in the dark on a lot of issues...