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Earth Hour 2010 gets underway in Australia, Pacific islands
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Posted on 03/27/2010 4:27:11 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Earth Hour 2010 gets underway in Australia, Pacific islands 13 mins ago

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House temporarily went dark on Saturday as nations across the western Pacific turned out the lights for Earth Hour 2010 to call for action on climate change.

The symbolic one-hour switch-off, first held in Sydney in 2007, has become an annual global event and organizers World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said they expect this year's to be the biggest so far.

The remote Chatham Islands was the first of more than 100 nations and territories to turn off the power at 8.30 p.m. local time, in a rolling event around the globe that ends just across the International Dateline in Samoa 24 hours later.

Event co-founder Andy Ridley told Reuters that 126 countries and territories had so far signed up, with thousands of special events scheduled, including a lights-out party on Sydney's northern beaches and an Earth Hour 'speed dating' contest.

From a boat on Sydney harbour, one witness said the city was already in darkness hours before the event, low clouds and a near full-moon adding an eerie feeling to the nation's largest city.

In the Chatham Islands, diesel generators that supply power locally were switched off. Other early participants included New Zealand, Fiji and Tuvalu, where driving was halted temporarily.

The number of participants is significantly up on 2009, when 88 countries and territories and more than 4,000 towns and cities took part. Organizers have estimated between 500 million and 700 million people were involved last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthhour2010; lightsout
Makes me fell better already.......how touching..
1 posted on 03/27/2010 4:27:11 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Obama zombies, the global warming thing, it’s a lie, yeah, hate to tell you that, but it’s a lie for the stupid people.


2 posted on 03/27/2010 4:31:24 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Sub-Driver

...when is Earth Hour on the U.S. eastern seaboard?...I plan on turning on every light in my house...probably run the washer/dryer too.


3 posted on 03/27/2010 4:36:17 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought my lights looked brighter, maybe they should
do this 24 hrs a day.


4 posted on 03/27/2010 4:36:37 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: STONEWALLS

It’s at 8:30pm local time wherever you are.


5 posted on 03/27/2010 4:38:29 AM PDT by raybbr (I hate B(ig) H(ead) Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

In order to offset the display of earth hour, I plan on turning every light I have on, run the dishwasher, do clothes, crank up the security lights and stuff.


6 posted on 03/27/2010 4:40:07 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (Why protest fur and not leather? Ever try to hassle a motorcycle gang?)
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To: Sub-Driver
...including a lights-out party on Sydney's northern beaches...

A perfect opportunity for gropers, perverts and rapists.

7 posted on 03/27/2010 4:41:04 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: raybbr

..thanks Raybbr!


8 posted on 03/27/2010 4:41:19 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Sub-Driver

First turn off your lights.

That’ll really help the earth.

Next, stop eating meat. That’’ll help the earth.

Next, kill yourself and all your family to help the Earth.

Didn’t the Cambodian Communists kill HALF of their own country’s population.?

Didn’t NK kill 5% or more by starvation (137cm tall soldiers???)

Didn’t Mao to whom we look for inspiration??? (just jokin’ she said).

Didn’t Stalin???

This is our future if we don’t watch out and fight back now.


9 posted on 03/27/2010 4:42:10 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Evry Hour is Earth Hour in North Korea, hee hee.


10 posted on 03/27/2010 4:46:42 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s earth hour here, now. Lights on. Air-con running. That’s all the stuff I have.


11 posted on 03/27/2010 4:57:44 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll be happy to support Earth Hour if the wackos promise to leave us alone the other 364 day and 23 hours of the year.


12 posted on 03/27/2010 4:59:51 AM PDT by pb929
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m turning on every light, electrical appliance, computer, TV, air conditioner, space heater, anything that plugs into a 110 AC socket for the next 24 hours.

I got their ‘Earth Hour’ right >>>>> HERE <<<<< !!!!


13 posted on 03/27/2010 4:59:54 AM PDT by mkjessup ([the inner Sarah: "Hi, Sarah Palin here asking you to vote for John McCain OMG, WTF am I SAYING!?!"])
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To: C19fan

14 posted on 03/27/2010 5:02:18 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a bunch of idiots.

They have not got a clue. If more than 50% of the load in a region is lost withing 30 seconds, they could cause a system black out.

Then their lights will be out for days.

The Greenies just cannot keep them selves from shooting their own toes off for the sake of Mother Earth.


15 posted on 03/27/2010 5:06:26 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Let's see now...8:30PM...I'll have the heat on (it's electric),every appliance I own will be on,as will every light,every electronic device...have I forgotten anything?
16 posted on 03/27/2010 5:07:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: mkjessup

In Tucson, AZ we have a local radio show, Jon Justice on 104.1 The Truth, celebrate an ANTI-Earth Hour. They ask all to “Join us in our not so silent protest, starting at 8:30pm this Saturday night, against those who wish the government would force more regulation in the name of the hoax of Man-Made Global Warming, taking away our freedom of choice! It’s All American! It’s the HOUR OF POWER 2010!

http://www.1041thetruth.com/TheTruthLineup/TheMorningTruth/tabid/2553/Default.aspx


17 posted on 03/27/2010 5:08:02 AM PDT by Tucson Jim
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To: newfreep
That's a good one.Very illuminating,you might say.
18 posted on 03/27/2010 5:08:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: rickmichaels

“A perfect opportunity for gropers, perverts and rapists. “

Bill Clinton’s in Sydney?


19 posted on 03/27/2010 5:14:40 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Earth Hour 2010 gets underway in Australia, Pacific islands
(sniffle-sniffle, weep-weep, sniffle)) This story is so touching, I think I'll go dump some used Motor Oil down the storm sewer.
20 posted on 03/27/2010 5:18:22 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: STONEWALLS

That and the dish washer...and Christmas Lights, Halloween lights....


21 posted on 03/27/2010 5:18:45 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Sub-Driver

When is this in Eastern time? I want to run every appliance in the house during that hour.


22 posted on 03/27/2010 5:20:28 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: jmaroneps37

8:30 PM, no matter where you are. When your clock says >8:30< tonight, its time.


23 posted on 03/27/2010 5:28:59 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Every street in my city is well lighted and just about every house has its own light stand. Luckily, we have a city council and Safety Manager who would never be stupid enough to try to black us out.
Our neighbor city (Boulder) is planning on turning off all "non-essential" lights. Wonder if their crime rate will go up tonight?
24 posted on 03/27/2010 5:30:02 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: mkjessup

>”I got their ‘Earth Hour’ right >>>>> HERE <<<<< !!!!”

Yup. While you are pumping an extraordinary amount of CO2 into the air, please join me in chill’n to some great music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukMGRICG85w&FORM=VIRE6


25 posted on 03/27/2010 5:32:13 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: newfreep

That’s not fair - NK has Earth Hour every night...


26 posted on 03/27/2010 5:32:25 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Sub-Driver

Where did I put that landing light?


27 posted on 03/27/2010 5:33:48 AM PDT by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And the best thing about “Earth Hour” is that it’s a totally pointless exercise:

http://bigjournalism.com/rtrzupek/2010/03/17/the-stupidity-futilitiy-and-fantasy-of-earth-hour/


28 posted on 03/27/2010 5:51:11 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: PIF

Yet the “intellectual liberal elites” want to experience the inconvenience....and then quickly return to their lifestyle of enjoying free-market capitalist pleasures. Hypocrites all!


29 posted on 03/27/2010 6:12:44 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Sub-Driver; Beowulf; Tunehead54; Clive; Fractal Trader; tubebender; marvlus; Genesis defender; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !
Force of Darkness “Earth Hour” Challenged by Power of Light “Human Achievement Hour”

CEI Announces 2nd Annual Celebration of Human Achievement

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2010—The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual “Human Achievement Hour” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration coincides with “Earth Hour,” an hour in which governments, individuals, and corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology.

“Earth Hour’s creators suggest that human inventions and technology are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource,” says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. “Environmental challenges will not be solved by turning off our lights and symbolically hiding in the dark,” Minton added. “If anything, we should be looking to technology and innovation to help solve environmental problems.”

Just like last year, countless individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour without even realizing it. Just by not shutting down their lights, operations and stores, they will be acknowledging that productive effort and the pursuit of happiness are a better alternative than sitting in the dark.

In addition to the observance of Human Achievement Hour, wherever people may find themselves around the world, CEI will be hosting a happy hour event outside of Washington, D.C.

Human Achievement Happy Hour
Saturday, March 27, 2010
7:30pm-10:00pm

Rira Irish Pub and Restaurant
2915 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia
703-248-9888

MORE RESOURCES: Watch the video “Celebrate Human Achievement Hour,” follow us on Twitter and join the Facebook group.

###

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information about CEI, please visit our website at www.cei.org.

30 posted on 03/27/2010 6:16:12 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: Stosh

Excellent link. Thanks for posting it.


31 posted on 03/27/2010 6:25:55 AM PDT by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: jmaroneps37; scoobysnak71

Or, if you’ve got a really old clock, the big hand will be on the “6” and the little hand will be between the “8” and the “9”. ;-)


32 posted on 03/27/2010 6:27:26 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Sub-Driver

last year i turned every light on in the house and opened the drapes.

meanwhile, i watched most of the houses across the valley turn off their lights.

my wife and i are doing the same tonight.


33 posted on 03/27/2010 6:57:21 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: hadaclueonce
The Greenies just cannot keep them selves from shooting their own toes off for the sake of Mother Earth.

Let me tell you why these watermelons worship this pagan earth goddess.

Occultists like today's watermelons, have worshiped this pagan earth goddess named Gaia for centuries (I guess the Middle Ages).

This 'mother earth' pagan worship is tied to the New Age movement, in which it bears great similarities to the ideologies espoused by the Nazis.

They share the one same insidious goal: A one world order.

34 posted on 03/27/2010 7:49:36 AM PDT by myknowledge (B.H. Obama's just a frontman. A frontman for who? The globalist elite, stupid!)
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To: STONEWALLS

I plan on doing the same thing.


35 posted on 03/27/2010 7:52:33 AM PDT by Piquaboy (Military veteran of 22 years in Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: STONEWALLS

... I might just leave the refrigerator door open for a while, too ...


36 posted on 03/27/2010 7:53:36 AM PDT by RightField (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
...have I forgotten anything?

It might be a good time to do maintenance on the garage door opener. Get the silicone lubricant, then up and down ... up and down. So, it addition to showing your neighbors all your lights, they will be able to HEAR power being consumed. Just a thought.

37 posted on 03/27/2010 7:56:53 AM PDT by RightField (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Ditto.


38 posted on 03/27/2010 8:53:33 AM PDT by madison10 (If my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from heaven)
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To: newfreep

“Yet the “intellectual liberal elites” want to experience the inconvenience....”

Not sure that is true ... back when, the mass migration of Califorinia elites was underway to the hinterlands, I happened to live in a quiet fishing town... which they, of course, proceed to make into a tourist mecca.

One of their first acts on taking over the city council was to declare that all lights within town limits be extinguished after 10 PM — they wanted to enjoy looking at the stars -—

ironically the very stars they are currently hell bent on preventing the rest of us ever reaching -— maybe they imagine if we got there, we’d turn them off or something...


39 posted on 03/27/2010 12:26:21 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m too cheap to turn on anything extra but I sure as hell won’t be turning anything off that is normally on.


40 posted on 03/27/2010 10:53:45 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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