Saving the planet too costly for Phoenix

The daily was hoping we all did our part last night from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. The newspaper urged Arizonans to join the global effort of Earth Hour 2009, turn off their lights and save the planet.

Ahhh…Just flipping that switch feels so good to Al Gore’s global warming crowd.

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea, called Earth Hour “a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message: They want action on climate change.” Underlying his statement is an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire in 2012. The new accord is supposed to be reached in Denmark, this December, sparking environmentalists’ sense of urgency in this year’s Earth Hour. Developing nations like China and India are not covered by its restrictive provisions, however.

Get it? It’s liberalism and blame America at its finest.

Last year Phoenix was considered a key city for Earth Hour because it was one of just four major cities to participate. This year those plans were curtailed. City buildings will be mostly dark, but that’s simply because it’s a Saturday night.

“What happened last year was it cost us about $3,000 to turn off all the lights,” said Scott Phelps, Mayor Phil Gordon’s spokesman. “We have a budget issue.” Phoenix is joining in on the event, he said, but it will not go out of its way to go dark.

In Arizona, only Peoria and Pima County are officially listed as participating with the event organizers.

Human Achievement Hour (HAH) is a most acceptable alternative to the enviro-zealots — a term coined by columnist Michelle Malkin.

“We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible,” says Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy.

4 Responses to Saving the planet too costly for Phoenix

  1. Vince says:

    This is all international liberalism which positions the United States as the global bad guy. The AZ Republic might use their favorite word, BULLY!

    We kept our lights on. I enjoyed Malkin’s take on the issue. Thanks for the link.

  2. Justin says:

    Atta, boy, Vince! You nailed this scheme correctly. It is but another effort to marginalize the US as the ultimate greedy consumer. Never mind that we are also the provider for all of the grousing nations that want us to join their third world status.

  3. Doug Johnson says:

    How comical that Sanctuary City Mayor Phil Gordon’s efforts to participate in Earth Hour and show his politically correct environmentalist stripes, ended up costing the city thousands of dollars last year for the hour long participation. HooRah!!

  4. Sam O. says:

    Ridiculous gimmick on the part of enviro-nut jobs. The peak in power usage in California, following the obligatory “lights out” hour, negated any savings in power, and some experts say it increased it because of the intense surge of power. So, take that, enviro-nitwits!

    It’s like sending up thousands of helium balloons with rolled messages inside about saving Mother Earth from greedy capitalists. Ahhhh, how sweet… The balloons, once they pop, litter the earth and muck up waterways. Birds and small animals try eating the rubber and choke to death. Score another worse-off-than-before move for the clueless greenies.

    Yeah, we left our lights on. Do we get bonus points for running the dishwasher at the same time?