Blogging Tory and The Politic's Matthew wants you to know just what he thinks of this whole "Earth Hour" campaign:
I plan on turning on every appliance and lighting fixture in my place: the first hour will be to rebuke some poor soul who thinks that sitting in the dark singing koombiya will somehow prevent polar bears from sailing on ice floats; the second hour will be for the power I’d normally use during the two hours anyway; the third hour is to use more electricity than would’ve been used if the self-righteous ecowarriors didn’t bemoan their poor Gaia’s condition to the rest of us to begin with.
You know, Matthew, a grown-up would have just said, "Thanks, but no thanks." That's what a grown-up would have done.
I'm just sayin'.
STMBSP. (Stephen Taylor must be so proud.)
AFTERSNARK: Speaking of Blogging Tory petulant fuckwits, ...
DEEP AFTERTHOUGHTS: There's something truly creepy about reading the comments on this topic over at Kate McMillan's Aryan Bar & Grill, where the majority of early commenters were quite unapologetic about how they were going to deliberately waste energy for the simple pleasure of showing those dirty, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, Prius-driving hippies what they can do with their "Earth Hour."
One has to wonder what kind of mean-spirited, vindictive personality it takes to do something that is, quite simply, an act of vandalism -- the deliberate destruction of someone else's efforts. But it's not just regular vandalism; no, what makes this doubly depressing is that it's pointless and personally costly vandalism.
One might at least understand if Kate's flying monkeys, in the act of undermining the whole concept of Earth Hour, at least got something out of it. But they don't, do they? There's nothing in it for them other than the thrill of wrecking someone else's work. It's the same infantile thrill they get out of freeping someone else's online poll to destroy whatever value it might have had. There doesn't have to be anything in it for them -- the enjoyment in ruining someone else's project is satisfaction enough for them. It's nothing more than walking by someone building a tower of cards and kicking it over because it pleases you. But it doesn't even stop there.
In fact, it's easy to see that that sort of vandalism actually costs. For the sheer sake of undoing whatever benefits might have been gained from Earth Hour, these people literally pulled out their wallets and paid real money to crank up their heaters, and turn on their lights, and light their barbeques, and run their vehicles pointlessly. For what? Because it pleased them. Fuck the environment, they said -- getting even is more important.
Grown-ups who weren't interested in Earth Hour would have simply said, "Sorry, not interested, thanks. But knock yourselves out." But these are not grown-ups we're dealing with here. Instead, they're some creepy form of sub-human whose only source of entertainment comes from the damage they can do to people they don't like, and from the pointless vandalism they can inflict. And the truly scary part of all of this?
These are the people who are currently running the country. Or hadn't you noticed?