Earth Hour Better Not Mess With My Basketball Watching Tonight

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Warning to all bar owners in the Washington DC area, you're going to have a riot on your hands if you participate in Earth Hour. It's not that I'm against the environment or anything, but this figures to be a bad idea....

At Buffalo Wild Wings on East Beltline Avenue NE, the timing could not be worse: Earth Hour falls right in the middle of tonight's NCAA basketball regionals.

And nothing -- not even an hour to help save the planet -- will stand between 310 beer-drinking basketball fans and 39 TVs.

"I never heard anything about it," restaurant Manager Tony Doud said.

Earth Hour is similar to Earth Day, only 1/24th the duration. At 8 p.m., organizers from the World Wildlife Fund are asking everyone to turn off nonessential lights to call attention to climate change. They hope a symbolic wave of darkness sweeps across the world, time zone by time zone.

More than 30 major cities around the world have signed up. Coca-Cola Co. will turn off its Times Square billboard in New York City. Niagara Falls will go dark. Three hours later, lights will go out on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
That's good Tony Doud of Grand Rapids, Michigan. You keep it that way too! Seriously though, could they (tree huggers natch) have picked a worse time of the year to decide to do this?

Basketball figures to be bad for Earth Hour (M Live)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:19 PM

17 Comments:

I'm pretty sure that bar lights and tvs fall under the essential category.

twoeightnine said...
Mar 29, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  

I refuse to participate in anything having to do with the World Wildlife Fund. Those jerks forced the World Wrestling Federation to change their name, thus forcing them to remove all WWF logos from the video library, and blur them out. Nothing but blurs.

Anonymous said...
Mar 29, 2008, 1:53:00 PM  

Oh, Heaven forfend, anon 1:53.

Anonymous said...
Mar 29, 2008, 1:59:00 PM  

Al Gore is a fat turd. The only reason he's so anti-global warming is because he's afraid it's going to melt all his ice cream.

Paul said...
Mar 29, 2008, 2:20:00 PM  

Al Gore can suck it

Ryan said...
Mar 29, 2008, 2:51:00 PM  

Stupid. This would have worked a month ago when there was the lull after the Super Bowl.

This is like trying to have it during the World Cup.

Signal to Noise said...
Mar 29, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

This is akin to the Pirates fans that staged the "walkout" in Pittsburgh last year. What's the point? It accomplishes nothing.

Bruce said...
Mar 29, 2008, 3:31:00 PM  

Show them just how stupid they are by joining me and turning on every light and appliance you have for the hour. You may want to film it and upload it to YouTube with a misleading title, say, "us doing our part for climate change", to rub it in their acne-covered faces.

Daniel said...
Mar 29, 2008, 5:42:00 PM  

Anyone who believes in the global warming myth is a fucking retard.

Anonymous said...
Mar 29, 2008, 5:43:00 PM  

i'm with daniel. i'll have both my tv's on, my dishwasher running for one fork, using my 4-slice toaster for 2 slices, turn on the iron, and leave my rechargable batteries plugged in even though they are already charged.

-dan

-dan said...
Mar 29, 2008, 6:40:00 PM  

By all means shut off the power on the Golden Gate bridge at 8:00 P.M. There was a massive injury accident on it yesterday. 8:00 should catch a lot of people coming home from dinner and drinks and the people hitting the bars for Saturday night. I'm sure snapping off the lights at 8:00 won't disorient anyone on the bridge.

Mar 29, 2008, 7:35:00 PM  

Earth hour this!

J.R. said...
Mar 29, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

Welcome to the fantasy of anthropogenic climate-change true believers. Their aspirations to make the world a little darker and colder came to life during Earth Hour, even while evidence mounts that their scientific hypotheses and models have serious flaws. Instead of handling legitimate scientific criticism as scientists, they have instead responded with obloquy and charges of heresy.
They do not want to find alternative energy sources that will fully replace what we have now. They want to reverse industrialization entirely, and they want top-down management of energy production to get it. They want a darker world, one in which candles replace light bulbs and the energy that runs the global economy — and has produced the best living standards in human history — gets rationed to satisfy the whims of statists and earth-worshipers.
There are many good reasons to work towards energy independence and the reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon-based energy production, but no good reason to cheer for darkness. Earth Hour is just another absurdity from a movement full of them.
Update: While Google scolds the rest of the world about turning off the lights, HA reader Simon Scowl directs our attention to this month’s Harper’s, which has an interesting look at Google’s plans to exploit cheap electricity in Oregon. Thanks to a boatload of government subsidies, Google located its new server farm on the Columbia River — where it will use enough electricity to light Tacoma, Washington.
But that’s not the best part. According to Harper’s, Google and its competitors have now started building data centers in places like Lithuania, Dublin, Siberia, and Shanghai. What do all these locations have in common? Except for Lithuania, where 78% of the power will be nuclear, all of them rely on carbon-spewing energy production with lower prices and fewer controls on emissions. So much for Earth Hour, eh?

Anonymous said...
Mar 29, 2008, 8:58:00 PM  

WTF?

-dan

-dan said...
Mar 29, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

tree hugging hippies

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 2:11:00 AM  

Oh no, how could they put such an entertaining spectacle like the WWF into such dark times anon 1:53. I'm sure to lose hours of sleep knowing that trailer park trash with an IQ of under 50 has to call it the WWE now instead of the WWF. It's worse than the holocaust!

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

Don't cross Al Gore or he'll time travel in his solar-powered DeLorean and not invent the Internet.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:09:00 PM  

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