The article was written by Bjorn Lomborg, the world's favourite moderate climate skeptic, and centered around Earth Hour - an awareness-raising campaign that began right here in Australia, several years ago.
He also manages to hurl, directly onto his keyboard, several stale bowlfuls of ridiculous myth, whilst grinning broadly, satisfied that he's issuing cold hard fact to the religious green-ideologues. The flailing of his arms, as he types, causes wet fiction to splatter on the walls.
We are smothered in weird, soggy falsehoods, and we quietly pick them out of our hair as we pat ourselves on the back, because we don't subscribe to the nonsense that all those other people wallow in. 'No', we say, peeling viscous chunks of bullshit off our brow, 'we're better than that'.
Dear reader, shall we go for a dip?
"Earth Hour Is a Colossal Waste of Time and Energy —Plus, it ignores how electricity has been a boon for humanity."I always knew that Earth Hour was a secret conspiracy to rid the world of electricity. As everyone already knows, if you reduce your consumption of anything, you pretty much have to rid yourself of it entirely. That's why Earth Hour 2014 will consist of citizens literally destroying power stations and network infrastructure. With axes. Well spotted, BL.
"the reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessens [sic], and it actually increases CO2 emissions....................during Earth Hour, any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward."When electricity demand rises slightly, (for example at the end of Earth Hour), do hundreds of dormant coal fired power stations fire up, frantically shoving piles of coal onto the furnace?
|"Jimmy, get back here! Earth Hour just finished!"|
Wind energy and demand both work in similar ways, in terms of integration into an energy market - fluctuations, both small and large, are accounted for by the market operator [Page 8]. Variations in generation and demand are also conservatively preempted, to ensure that reserve capacity is always available, whether a 2,000 megawatt coal-fired power station trips offline, or a whole bunch of human beings turn their lights on.
This is why wind farms don't increase carbon emissions - and it's also why changes in demand don't increase carbon emissions. As the National Grid operator in the UK (the market to which Lomborg refers) states:
"Variations in power station efficiency may be due to a range of reasons, including, but not limited to, the age of the plant, temperature, maintenance schedules and operating strategy and whether the plant is generating at or near its Maximum Export Limit or its Stable Export Limit."Sorry Bjorn. Standard fluctuations in demand don't significantly change the efficiency of thermal generators, and Earth Hour does not increase carbon emissions.
"In the United Kingdom, there are now more than 5 million fuel-poor people, and the country’s electricity regulator now publicly worries that environmental targets could lead to blackouts in less than nine months"
|This is what the world will look like, if we move away from fossil fuels.|
"Andrew Wright, a senior executive at Ofgem, played down the chances of a return to 1970s-style power cuts. "It is too early to be alarmist about the lights going out," he said on Friday, but "it is likely the tightening of the market will lead to higher wholesale prices"."Never let nuance get in the way of hyperbole, Bjorn.
"[Wind and solar] are also unreliable (we still have no idea what to do when the wind is not blowing)"Renewables offset thermal generation - well connected states and high-capacity infrastructure result in wind energy being utilised across Australia's national electricity market with regularity.
South Australia has an installed capacity of 1,205 megawatts of wind energy. When the wind doesn't blow, does the entire state plunge into darkness? No. Again, the grid is balanced by the market operator - and still, wind energy contributes significantly to the total generation of the state.
|Wind energy in South Australia is kicking arse and taking names.|
He also seems to proudly proclaim the demented delusion that Earth Hour is an 'attack on electricity' - that the proponents of Earth Hour are privileged, ignorant, feel-good slacktivists, whipping off their lights for an hour as part of some cultist green ritual to rid the world of electrons.
You're appallingly, devastatingly, ruinously wrong, Lomborg. The deployment of wind energy, combined with the inestimable prowess of engineers and scientists, delivers a huge quantity of energy to Australian homes. Solar PV is pushing demand down. Logical minds are forming solutions to retaining and enhancing human wellbeing whilst reducing our reliance on fuel sources that badly damage the Earth's physical systems.
Meanwhile, savvy citizens understand the benefits of pushing down their consumption. They don't hate electricity. They love electricity - it enriches their lives. You can cut down on your consumption without ripping the cord from your lifestyle - Earth Hour doesn't fix all of our problems. It shows us that there's nothing to be scared of.