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Lights out for \"Earth Hour\"

Glen Member Posts: 855
at 7:30 we were generating (using) 7300 Mw province wide, at 8:30 - 7500; and now at 9 PM its back to 7400 with imports from other provinces at 506 Mw.
got to keep those crude oil refineries going to send more crude south! :-) Alberta exports more oil south than does Saudi Arabia.


  • Lights out for \"Earth Hour\"

    TO show your support shut off your lights at 8:30 tomorrow night, Saturday. How about not using any water, to raise awareness about worldwide water shortages??

    Thanks, Bob Gagnon

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  • Marty
    Marty Member Posts: 109
    good idea ?

    Does anyone know what if any effect this will have on the power system ? Or is this one of those "feel good" things that in all reality doesn't accomplish anything ?
  • Frenchie
    Frenchie Member Posts: 113

    What about the light that keeps coming on when I open the fridge to get another beer?
  • billtwocase
    billtwocase Member Posts: 2,385

    jake, I needed that laugh. thanks peace
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,743
    I am in. Going to shut off all power to house. Power down

    computers then flick of a switch and all off. Candles and a game of UNO during the blackout. Tim
  • allan_7
    allan_7 Member Posts: 55
    Thanks, but

    no thanks......

    I will NOT be participating in this sham...for all of the irrational reasons.

    In fact, I may just power UP everything I can fine in my home....

    I remain a proud American who believes in our will and old-school ways until the bureaucrats take it from me..this touchy, feely sham has no place in this country.

    We have the solutions and technolgy to solve these issues and this IS the greatest country and capitalstic society on the face of the earth.

    I do not believe in socialism and the Al Gore rhetoric.

    So, thanks but no thanks. I pledge allegiance to the United States of America.

  • ttekushan_3
    ttekushan_3 Member Posts: 958
    Hi Gerry

    I'm confident that the one hour 8:30 pm lights out event is merely to raise awareness... until, oh, about 9:31 pm when our collective attentions spans-- Oh Hey! Look! Something shiny!

    What's this thread about again?

  • Allan...Socialism???

    Are you kidding? Turning out the lights shows that collectively we can conserve energy. It's like recycling, sure, if you put out one bin full of recyclables, it won't do much, but if nearly everyone does it will make a big difference. If you want to turn everything on, go ahead. If we all start wasting again, maybe we will return to $4.00 oil and gas. Oil and gas prices are half of that now. Even if you don't care about polluting our skies, or the risk of Climate Change, fuel prices alone should be reason enough to conserve. I believe that last year when we used 2% less energy, the laws of supply and demand sent fuel prices plummeting. Our electric co just sent around a notice that the rates are dropping nearly 50% because we used 2% less electricity last year too. If we could cut consumption this year by 2% it would have the same effect. I too Pledge Allegiance to the United States of America, and we will be a lot stronger if we decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

    Thanks, Bob Gagnon

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  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 3,094
    gotta agree alan

    gotta agree alan when al gore shuts his power off another small country could be powered ,when all the tree huggers and goverment tax cheaters and wealthy pay there fair share instead of waiting till the IRS is knocking i'll join in until then i'll have the amps turned to 11 just to use up all those extra carbon credits just remenber all the small guys are always paying the tab ,peace and good luck clammy
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  • I always wonder

    which oil everyone refers to when they say "foreign oil".

    "Alberta exports more oil south than does Saudi Arabia."
  • I turned off

    the electric lights and lit 500 candles to have the same level of light. Burned only 2.5 gallons of parrafin wax.
    Does not seem to work for snow melt in parking lot....
  • allan_7
    allan_7 Member Posts: 55

    not kidding. And if you really believe in the platitude(s) that you described... then there is no reason to continue the dialoque.

    Sorry, do not share your point of view.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,732
    More feel-good pap

    I'm all for practical conservation, as a hunter, Gentleman farmer, fisherman, outdoorsman, but This Kumbaya...hold hands across the world thing is just a little too absurd for me. I'm not participating is such absurdity. I'm not turning all my stuff on higher, just going about my business. Respectfully disagree, Mad Dog

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  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    I made a HUGE impact on the Earth last night....

    I'm in the mountains, and don't really have that many lights to shut off, so I turned on ALL of my solar lights, and went outside and jumped up and down, making a HUGE impact on the Earth...(Winky Wink)

    I understand that it was done just to raise the awareness of some people, but isn't that what Earth Day is for? Next we'll have Earth Week and eventually Earth Month?

    Besides, if they REALLY wanted to impact power consumption, it would have been a time coordinated event. i.e. 8:30 Mountain Standard time. As it was, it ended up being a rolling brown out at best...

    I'm with you Matt. I conserve more than most people waste.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • jim s_2
    jim s_2 Member Posts: 113
    Thanks Matt

    You put into words exactly what I was thinking.
  • Glen
    Glen Member Posts: 855
    yep -

    Canada does qualify as foreign oil - we might be a friendly nation sharing a common border - but it is a border. NAFTA not withstanding of course.
  • The reality of the

    US oil consumption numbers is such that significant reduction in imports will happen when there is none to import. We will pussyfoot around the subject and talk about it but will waste as much time and effort as we have since the 70's when the subject was last in the news.

    They need to aim the talk at the windmills.
  • Darrell_4
    Darrell_4 Member Posts: 79

    Our local volcano burped more green house gas yesterday afternoon in one eruption, (there were two events yesterday), than all of the industrial revolution and human history to date. And our volcano is a little one. So it would seem that the Earth Hour thing was merely "instructional" or at best an excuse to spend time in school "teaching" about the wickedness of man.
  • Paul Fredricks_9
    Paul Fredricks_9 Member Posts: 315

    The reason that an "Earth Hour" is advertised is to get people thinking that may not have thought about environmental responsibility before. If this gets one person to rethink, for the better, how they do things that's great.

    Personally, I don't consider myself a tree hugger because I'm not happy with the negative connotation that so many have put on the label. But I do think about the world I am leaving to my kids and future grand kids. And I try to reduce my energy usage as much as practical. And I try to help others do the same. And I try to use refillable water bottles. And if I do use a disposable bottle, I try to get it in a recyling bin because it is the right thing to do.

    If you feel the need to call me a tree hugger, that's fine. I'm just trying to be responsible citizen of our planet. I don't think that's wrong.
  • Canada's Conserving

    On the Earth Hour Website they report that Canada used 15.1% less than usual, and last year during Earth Hour, they used 8.7% less energy. Many other countries are reporting a lot of participation. Here in the USA, I worried that lower fuel prices would turn people away from being Green, I just didn't think it would be this quick.

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  • jp_2
    jp_2 Member Posts: 1,935
    I forgot!

    if i had remembered, I would have turned my outdoor christmas lights on!!!!
  • Darin Cook_9
    Darin Cook_9 Member Posts: 45

    I personally try to save on energy use so that I can use my hard earned dollars to buy ammo. Me thinks that with the coming CW II, FMJ 5.56mm is a better investment than gold!
  • losthope
    losthope Member Posts: 10

    Someone told me that Al gores house was lit up like a christmas tree during this hour... haha
  • Glen
    Glen Member Posts: 855
    and -

    should this test be coordinated via time zones etc - I think the effort and the results would be spectacular. Here in northern Alberta we are already enjoying 13+ hours of sunlight - so really the lights were still off during the first part of the light outs period.
  • bb_11
    bb_11 Member Posts: 39
    Global Warming?

    Yeah, there is global warming. The glaciers have been melting for many years. That's why we have the Great Lakes!

    I as I think most people here on the wall are all for using less. The best way to save money is to Reduce what we use and consume!

    Then we can Reuse items before we Recycle them into something new.

    I don't consider myself a tree hugger, just a cheap guy who tries to get the most for my hard earned dollar.

    What if our the building envelope standards here in North America were like they are in European countries. We could cut our energy use quite a bit.

    So, don't turn off your lights for 1 hour. BIG DEAL!

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It's simple, and save money too.

  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    our lights

    were out when we went to bed. :)

    The back of my truck gets filled w/ plastic bottles as the weeks drag on until I get them to recycling. I've been known to collect them at job sites and roadsides just so they won't clog landfills..

    Maybe it's from when I was a boy. My grandfather had a farm from 1910-ish to around 1960, about 150 acres (a lot here in CT). Wasn't as much plastic back then, if any, used.
    I grew up on the acreage that my grandfather would deed off as each of his seven offspring would get married. My Mom's parcel happened to be butting up against 110 acres of woodlots. In those woodlots (I got to know every root, tree, and rock) there was the farm dump. Most everything there was iron or steel, slowly rusting away back to the earth. Reclaimation, if you will.

    That vision will never leave my head, so recycling is big for me.

  • Roland_18
    Roland_18 Member Posts: 147
    Earth Hour

    Me and the missus watched it on TV. I guess that's not quite what the promoters had in mind. Next year fer sher.
  • The containers

    in Maine have a deposit of a 5 cents, 15 cents on a wine bottle. There are no containers lying around. There is a guy in my little town that scours the area and takes them to the redemption center. If I put out containers for him on the front steps they are gone that day.

    I Baltimore I pick them up off our street where the trashy folks throw them. In the Inner Harbor the city runs several floating skimmers on the water that scoop up the thousands of floaters than come via the rivers or street drains.


    >>>The back of my truck gets filled w/ plastic bottles as the weeks drag on until I get them to recycling. I've been known to collect them at job sites and roadsides just so they won't clog landfills..<<<<
  • Paul Fredricks_9
    Paul Fredricks_9 Member Posts: 315

    I saw those floating skimmers when I was here last year. Pretty gross to look at, but they sure seem to do a good job keeping the harbor clean. More places should do that.
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083

    That's great!
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