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Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty

and backwardness


By Professor Ross McKitrick

 

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26 Mar 11 - In an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun yesterday, professor Ross McKitrick presented the most insightful view of Earth Hour that I've seen.

Here are a few excerpts from McKitrick's article, entitled "Earth Hour: Why I will leave my lights on."

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water.

Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases.

Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time....

See all of this great article:
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Earth+Hour+will+leave+lights/4498889/story.html

Ross McKitrick is professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. His views have apparently not permeated the University of Guelph, which has announced that it will turn off some campus lighting during Earth Hour.

I do give credit to the University of Guelf for disclosing that Earth Hour is an initiative run by the World Wildlife Fund.
 http://www.uoguelph.ca/news/2011/03/u_of_g_to_turn_1.html

 


 

 

 

 

 


 



 

 

 



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