This was too funny not to repost. Apparently yesterday everyone was supposed to turn off the lights for one hour as a sign of solidarity for climate change. Anthony Watts reports that out in California Earth Hour did not make a dent in the electrical demand load reported by CA-ISO, California’s eletrical system regulator. In that blog post is a quote from an outspoken global warming skeptic Ross McKitrick.
I don’t want to go back to nature. Haiti just went back to nature. For humans, living in “Nature” meant a short life span marked by violence, disease and ignorance.
…through the use of pollution control technology and advanced engineering, our air quality has dramatically improved since the 1960s despite the expansion of industry and the power supply. If, after all this, we are going to take the view that the remaining air emissions outweigh all the benefits of electricity, and that we ought to be shamed into sitting in darkness for an hour, like naughty children
…then we are setting up unspoiled nature as an absolute, transcendent ideal that obliterates all other ethical and humane obligations. No thanks. I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization is something to be ashamed of.
This sums up a lot of how I feel about the global warming/carbon issue. McKitrick said it a bit more artfully than I would have been able to. Original credit for posting this quote and linking to McKitrick’s reaction goes to the No Frakking Consensus Blog.