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It Was Earth Hour Last Night (In Case You Didn’t Notice!)

March 25, 2018

By Paul Homewood


You probably did not notice, but it was Earth Hour last night at 8.30 pm local time.

While the virtue signallers at the BBC made a song and dance about it, the rest of us it seems just carried on as normal:


Electricity demand peaked as it usually does in early evening around 7.00pm, then gradually tailed off during the evening.

The profile is barely different to last Saturday’s, though demand during the day was slightly higher then because the cold weather.



You may also have noted that during Earth Hour, wind power was supplying a pathetic 2.4% of total supply, with none from solar of course.

Fortunately we still had coal and gas contributing 13% and 52% respectively. Those very same fossil fuels that the virtue signallers say we should stop using.

I might have been a bit more impressed if the BBC had shut down completely for an hour.

Indeed, here is my suggestion for next year. Let’s turn off all the gas and coal power plants for an hour, shut the BBC, and ban the use of electricity and gas in all public services. We’ll soon see how keen the public are about addressing climate change!

  1. March 25, 2018 12:38 pm

    I completely forgot about it, otherwise I would have turned the oven on.

    Ross McKitrick has a brilliant article at WUWT:

    • March 25, 2018 12:40 pm

      Here is his best bit: “Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness.”

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        March 26, 2018 1:55 pm

        … and Socialism.

  2. March 25, 2018 12:48 pm

    It was Ross McKitrick along with Steve McIntyre who pulled back the curtain on Michel Mann et al. scam with the “Motley” CRU of University of East Anglia. They were the ones who got the emails from those birds.

    Might I observe that North Korea ALWAYS turns off their lights.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      March 25, 2018 6:18 pm

      “Might I observe that North Korea ALWAYS turns off their lights”

      Probably because they are rarely on to start with!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      March 26, 2018 1:57 pm

      North Koreans would look forward to a ‘light hour’ – if only…

  3. Broadlands permalink
    March 25, 2018 1:26 pm

    What was the global mean temperature at 8:30 pm, local time yesterday?

    Global Surface Temperature Change…
    J. Hansen, R. Ruedy, M. Sato, and K. Lo
 NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, New York, USA

    “A major concern about the accuracy of analyses of global temperature change has long been the fact that many of the station locations are located in or near urban areas. Human-made structures and energy sources can cause a substantial local warming that affects measurements in the urban environment. This local warming must be eliminated to obtain a valid measure of global climate change”…

    “Global satellite measurements of nightlights allow the possibility for an additional check on the magnitude of the urban influence on global temperature analyses. We describe in this section a procedure in which all stations located in areas with nightlight brightness exceeding a value (32 μW/m2/sr/μm) that approximately divides the stations into two categories: rural and urban or peri-urban [Imhoff et al., 1997]. The standard GISS global temperature analysis now adjusts the long-term trends of stations located in regions with nightlight brightness exceeding this limit to agree with the long-term trend of nearby rural stations.


    ” If there are not a sufficient number of nearby rural stations, the “bright” station is excluded from the analysis.”

    Just turn it off…for an hour or so?

  4. It doesn't add up... permalink
    March 25, 2018 2:00 pm

    How often are these events now? They seem to be recurring with undue frequency, which is probably why we’re inclined to ignore them.

  5. NeilC permalink
    March 25, 2018 2:46 pm

    I expect the reason the UK used more power on the 17th than the 18th was; UK averages – 17th max temp 4 deg C, min temp -2 deg C and mean 0.5 deg C,
    24th max temp 9 deg C, min temp 5 deg C and mean 7.0 deg C.

    Anyway why didn’t the BBC stop broadcasting, considering the amount of power they use it could have saved the world. Oh of course it’s one rule for them and another for us.

    • March 25, 2018 4:47 pm

      “Anyway why didn’t the BBC stop broadcasting,”

      And stay off !!
      that would save a load of energy & £millions

      • NeilC permalink
        March 25, 2018 5:03 pm

        Precisely, I stopped watching and listening to them a year ago. Do I miss it, NO

      • Dave Ward permalink
        March 25, 2018 6:17 pm

        “And stay off !!”


      • Paddy permalink
        March 26, 2018 7:59 am

        Do you see that the BBC is trying to get children to recognise Fake News? Pot / Kettle or something …

  6. dennisambler permalink
    March 25, 2018 3:02 pm

    The mantras must be constantly repeated to gain acceptance.

    “Repetition can make claims believable ”
    “To dig deeper, we need to look at a phenomenon called the “illusory truth effect”. Discovered during psychology studies in 1977, the illusory truth effect is our tendency to believe information to be correct after repeated exposure. In other words, the more someone hears your message, the more believable it is.”

    “The Social Simulation of the Public Perception of Weather Events and their Effect upon the Development of Belief in Anthropogenic Climate Change” Dennis Bray and Simon Shackley, September 2004. Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

    “We suggest that, in the realm of the public, forces act to maintain or denounce a perceived reality which has already been constructed. That is, an issue introduced by science (or media for that matter) needs continual expression of confirmation if it is to be maintained as an issue.

    In this paper, we explore under what conditions belief in global warming or climate change, as identified and defined by experience, science and the media, can be maintained in the public’s perception.

    To endorse policy change people must ‘believe’ that global warming will become a reality some time in the future.”

    Thus we have the daily drip-feed.

    • March 25, 2018 3:35 pm

      It’s more than daily on the BBC. It’s usually several times a day; radio, TV and online.

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      March 25, 2018 4:30 pm

      Goebels found much the same thing.

  7. Bitter@twisted permalink
    March 25, 2018 4:29 pm

    Jo Nova’s blog reminded me of the ludicrous Earth Hour.
    I did my bit by turning on all my houses lights, including those, newly installed, in our garden.
    Made a wonderful sight.
    Didn’t see any evidence of religious observance in the surrounding area, either.
    Hopefully this nauseating act of virtue-signaling will just fade away into the obscurity it deserves.

  8. yep permalink
    March 25, 2018 5:08 pm

    what a bunch of BS….lights out….idiots…you guys are so concerned by this, then stop driving, ride a bike, stop taking airplanes, stop everything that pollutes this earth , then you will be dead…i am surrouned by idiots….period

  9. Gary Pearse permalink
    March 25, 2018 5:09 pm

    Gee whiz Paul, I can’t identify most of your ‘fuel’ types in the UK. Didn’t know there were so many. Your country seems very “progressive “.

  10. marlene permalink
    March 25, 2018 10:04 pm

    I noticed. Turned ON every outside and inside light I had.

  11. March 26, 2018 7:06 am

    I don’t watch or listen to the Biased Broadcasting Corp any more, haven’t done for over a year. I was therefore blissfully unaware of it. I watch sky news most mornings but don’t recall it being mentioned by them.

  12. Green Sand permalink
    March 26, 2018 8:03 am

    Woe, woe and thrice woe! DT has got another one! – this ones an Ashley, Ashley Kirk who knows how to quote Lord Deben! Real talent!

    ‘What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme weather? ‘

    “The UK is set to be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century.

    Seven of our 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. 2013 had the UK’s wettest winter in history, and it was followed just two years later by the next wettest……”

    IIRC this spring is similar to that of 1976, we now await the oncoming summer. May your weather god go with you! (nod to the great long missed Dave Allen>

  13. dave permalink
    March 26, 2018 9:40 am

    “…face the next century…”

    Phew, that will be the 22nd century, by my calendar. Have no intention of facing it!

  14. Athelstan permalink
    March 26, 2018 5:35 pm

    A speck of dust in a Saharan sandstorm would grind more significant, a photon of light begun it’s journey 1.3 billion light years distant heralds greater meaning.

    If ever there was an example, a competition for to demonstrate, the puniness and empherality of mankind, earth hour would be a prime contender, just behind ant and decs saturday takeaway.

  15. Sonja A Boehmer-Christiansen permalink
    March 29, 2018 3:38 pm

    Good idea, but how?

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