“From an Antarctic research base to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and beyond, the world switched off the lights on Saturday for the second Earth Hour, dimming skyscrapers, city streets and some of the world's most recognizable monuments for 60 minutes to highlight the threat of climate change.”
Thus begins a Yahoo news story on “Earth Hour” – an hour of time (specifically, 8:30 to 9:30 tonight) when everyone dims their lights in an effort to save the planet.
Look, I don’t hate the planet. I don’t hate the environment. I don’t like seeing clouds of smog hanging over cities or cars burning oil and spewing black smoke. I love recycling. I love the IDEA of finding cleaner sources of fuel (whether or not it’s feasible is another story). I love organic foods and organic clothing and organic cosmetics. I HATE seeing someone throw trash or cigarette butts from a moving car. I love clean water and clean air and animals and national parks.
But here’s the deal – the climate is going to change. The climate IS going to change. We KNOW the climate on this planet changes, because it already HAS many times before. And long before human beings swooped in with their fossil fuels and chlorofluorocarbons. In fact, science has shown us that the planet tends to warm during periods of increased solar activity and it cools during periods of lesser solar activity. This last year or so we’ve been in one of those “lesser solar activity” periods, and as a result, we’ve had one of the COLDEST years on record. The evidence, again and again, seems to point to the SUN as the main culprit in our global warming/cooling cycles, and yet we’re constantly fed this alarmist propaganda about how the ice caps are melting and the sea is rising and the polar bears are dying and New York City is practically underwater and the only way we can stop it is by caving in to the demands of extreme environmentalists. And apparently, by turning off our lights for an hour tonight.
The ironic thing is that this global COOLING that we’re experiencing now is WORSE than global warming. This is what Daily Tech has to say about the recent lack of solar activity:
“Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70.
Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.”
So global warming has been good for our planet, whereas global cooling has been bad. And I always wonder, as I read and listen to the grim warnings about “climate change,” what makes anyone so certain that THIS climate we have now is the ONLY climate we should ever have? Who’s to say a climate change would ultimately be a BAD thing? The human race adapts and survives – life goes on. Perhaps even a BETTER life. The earth has been around for a long time – it has cycled through warm and cold many, many times, and it WILL in the future. Whether we try to stop it or not.And to that end, I refuse to be a follower and jump on the bandwagon for “Earth Hour” tonight. I won’t be turning off any lights. In fact, I think I just might turn them ALL on…