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Old 03-29-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Will you be observing earth hour from 8-9pm?

I may observe it by dialling down the temperature on my kegerator a couple degrees. I think it would be irresponsible to let idled electrical generating capacity go to waste.

 
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:50 PM   #2
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Yes, I will turn the lights off. Then I'll light candles and lanterns so that I might keep my carbon footprint the same.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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Yes, I will turn the lights off. Then I'll light candles and lanterns so that I might keep my carbon footprint the same.
So burning tires for light wouldn't be a good idea?

 
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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So burning tires for light wouldn't be a good idea?
Why not? It's just like recycling. I think it's a wonderful use for used tires. Plus you can make good smoke signals with them.
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:01 PM   #5
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Okay the elephant in the room here is that this gesture like most enviro-stuff is just a feel -good gesture. If google were really serious about saving energy they would use more energy efficient servers or their founders not have a personal luxury 767 get for flying around in. People who really want to conserve energy would hang the laundry out instead of using the dryer, etc. So this is not really about saving energy, it is a way for people to feel good about themselves and for corporations to deflect criticism and say "see, we care!"

 
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Maybe my sarcasm was lost.
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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Okay the elephant in the room here is that this gesture like most enviro-stuff is just a feel -good gesture. If google were really serious about saving energy they would use more energy efficient servers or their founders not have a personal luxury 767 get for flying around in. People who really want to conserve energy would hang the laundry out instead of using the dryer, etc. So this is not really about saving energy, it is a way for people to feel good about themselves and for corporations to deflect criticism and say "see, we care!"

It's just like buying a prius. Nothing like paying more for a car that puts out similar emissions, has worse build quality and costs 10,000$ more than a comparable regular gas-engined vehicle. At least the Chevy Volt will ACTUALLY have potential to have a smaller environmental "footprint."

That said, I drive a 1980's corvette with the AIR system disabled and a catalytic convertor that's partially gutted.

 
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:42 PM   #8
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I think the whole idea behind Earth Hour is less about the actual impact, and more about getting people (who wouldn't otherwise talk about things like this) talking about it.

Seems to be working, if this thread is any indication...
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:44 PM   #9
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I will but my beer won't. I try and try to expalin it to my beer, but all it does is give me the silent treatment. <sigh>




Earth hour isn't about saving some energy in one shot. It's an awareness inititive and also can show governements that people do care.

They usually care by wanting someone else to fix it though. lol
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:50 PM   #10
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Every day is thermostat setback day here. And not just for one hour, it's ALL night.

Loved my last job. There was ONE light switch for all of the halls and cubical areas per floor. The datacenter actually had TWO light switches, one for each side of the building.
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