Posted by Jeff Condon on March 31, 2012
Earth hour approaches for the United States, with enough participation in the shut off everything campaign, we would actually be able to hard-stop the electric grid. How cool would that be! Days of restarting, tens of millions in cost, now that would send a real message. To um….someone.
I fully intend to ramp up our usage to do my part to offset the morons of the world. The money isn’t important, the CO2 is less so, but the reality is that electrical energy availability is the single greatest advance of humanity in our entire history. Our lifespans have improved so much over the last century that the stupid among us have forgotten why.
They really don’t remember. They cannot recall that people washed clothes with their hands or how important clean clothes are to our health. They take for granted that the lights will go on after Earth hour is finished, so we can learn, read, stay warm, play. Our children used to be enslaved to menial labor that machines do now with a blink. They have forgotten how we used to burn whatever was in our reach for heat, light, dishes. The fools have gone so far now that they actually walk to the control for the previously impossible convenience that they purchased themselves, to turn it off and deprive themselves of the very thing they worked for!
I think we should protest food next.
Nothing in this world is dumber than limitation of energy production. Contrary to public school belief, opposable thumbs are not what saved us from unquantified millennia of strife, the reality is that low cost energy was what saved us. Were we humans a smarter people, we would look at our recent history and do everything in our power to create more of the same. Instead, we have public schools across the globe teaching our children that limitation and conservation are the way to the future.
E=mc^2! We are surrounded by more energy than we could ever hope to use, yet CONSERVATION of energy is what we discuss!
There is the other side effect of cheap energy which goes unmentioned. Cheap energy guarantees power to the individual instead of power to the government. The ability to travel, the ability to communicate, pay for your health, stay warm. Just what is the purpose of government in a world without energy shortage? What do you need government for when everything is being manufactured and provided already?
I wonder if that explains the across-the-globe government resistance to industrial progress.