Los Angeles County is about to take the lead in the fight against global warming, reports Susannah Rosenblatt for the Los Angeles Times :
Following San Francisco’s lead, Los Angeles County and city officials are urging people, businesses and government to switch off nonessential lights for one hour next month to save energy.
Led by Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke and City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the proposed effort asks Angelenos to simultaneously go dark between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as San Franciscans do the same. Local officials are expected to vote on the plan next week.
At the original event in Sydney, Australia, in March, 2.2 million people cut the lights, causing a 10% drop in electricity use. The so-called Earth Hour reduced 25 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking nearly 49,000 cars off the road for 60 minutes, organizers said.
“It’s a great opportunity to conserve,” Burke said, “a great [symbol] of people coming together.”
Although San Francisco’s energy-saving event has been in the works for six months, with cooperation from city officials and the chamber of commerce to black out the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid and Alcatraz, among other landmarks, Los Angeles officials hope to get the word out in a matter of weeks. They’ll use public service announcements, advertising at public facilities and partnerships with local universities. Plus, there are plans for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs at city and county facilities, said Karly Katona, a deputy for Burke.
“This effort is really about public education,” Greuel said. She hopes it will encourage people to “think twice about leaving the kitchen light on at night.” She estimates the hour of darkness could cut energy use across the county by about 10%.
Read the whole story at the link above. Now, I’m all in favor of any move to “switch off nonessential lights,” don’t get me wrong. I’ve been in favor of it long before it became chic to “fight global warming” or participate in meaningless group gestures. I’ve been in favor of it roughly since I began paying the light bills.
Here’s a thought for you moonbat morons to ponder: instead of asking us to “switch off nonessential lights” for ONE HOUR, why don’t we just “switch off nonessential lights” and LEAVE THEM OFF?
Dads have known about this for generations. One old comic definition of a “Dad” is “The man in your house who wanders from room to room, switching off lights.” Us Dads weren’t doing this out of any misbegotten sense of nobility or sacrifice; we did it because we realized we could reduce the electricity bill.
But these trendy-lefty nincompoops in LA and Frisco think by switching off lights for an HOUR, they are accomplishing some greater moral good for society. Think about it: if I ask you to switch off your lights for an hour, am I not implying you should feel free to switch ’em back on after the hour has passed?
So, kids, let’s strike a meaningful blow for the environment, against global warming, and help out Dad in the process: Turn. The. Darned. Lights. Off.
TV, computer, radio, and Lava Lites, too. What, do I look like I OWN the electric company?
Have a green day!