The first Earth Hour was ten years ago, celebrated in Sydney, Australia; it was a lovely idea, a sort of rolling global Kumbaya moment where we lit candles and made using less electricity fun.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
It took off around the world in 2008 and 2009, everywhere but the USA where the trolls promised to turn on extra lights and even highjacked the website address. The professional deniers went on about how we environmentalists want to squat in our mud huts in the dark. Later, a certain candidate for President tweeted his opinions loud and clear.
Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don't believe it $$$$!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2014
Conservative columnists complained that environmentalists wanted to put us back to the dark ages before electricity. They ridiculed what was essentially a sweet idea to raise consciousness. They made it political, which Earth Hour never was; last year one wrote:
It’s bewildering that many Americans will see virtue in turning off their lights and never stop to think that their self-imposed blackout is a luxury in advanced economies while in Venezuela and North Korea and other nations that reject capitalism, outages are just a way of life. Many of these folks who will happily turn off their lights — thereby signaling their virtue to their neighbors — also support the self-declared socialist who is running for president. Why can’t they make the connection?
NBC News just called it the great freeze - coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2014
Earth Hour has struggled, and has been on life support for years; even in 2011 I was writing Will the Last Person Celebrating Earth Hour Please Turn Out The Lights? And even then the comments were full of trolls complaining about Al Gore’s carbon footprint. It wears you down, year after year of being trolled about Earth Hour.
Give me clean, beautiful and healthy air - not the same old climate change (global warming) bullshit! I am tired of hearing this nonsense.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
A few years ago I even thought it was pretty much dead, and lighting candles felt more like a Jewish Yahrtzeit, where one lights candles in memory of the dead: “It is a shame really, it was a good idea, and it did raise awareness. At 8:30 PM on Saturday, I will turn out some lights and light a candle. May its memory be for a blessing.”
Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2014
But to mix my religious metaphors, this year it is time for a resurrection. It’s a good way to send a little message, that there are people who do actually listen to scientists and who worry about climate change.
It's freezing and snowing in New York--we need global warming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
It’s freezing in New York—where the hell is global warming?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2013
It’s a message from people who don’t like what is being done to the EPA, to climate research, to NASA, to fuel efficiency standards, to Energy Star, to pollution controls. It’s not a big deal, turning out the lights for an hour and it probably doesn’t make that much difference. But it is a pushback against the trolls and the deniers.
The entire country is FREEZING - we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2014
It’s a statement of where we stand. There is the reality of climate change staring us in the face, and if Americans cannot vote at the polls right now, they can vote with their light switches. So turn out your lights for Earth Hour. Send them a message. Turn out the lights at 8:30 Saturday night in solidarity with Earth Hour, the climate, and reality.
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
More information at Earth Hour.