Last night on March 26th 2011 between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, the world recognized Earth Hour (see: EarthHour.org), but if you were in Toronto, you wouldn't have been able to distinguish last night from any other night, as Torontonians are just fed up, and if Green fanatics and Eco activists are looking for someone to blame, you need to look no further than Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
With everything from McGuinty's failed Eco Fees (see: Ontario Eco Fees FAIL to Divert Hazardous Materials from Landfills... and Eco Fees Trashed! Another McGuinty Government Fiasco...) to his failed Green Experiments and Smart Meters causing skyrocketing Electricity prices (see: Dalton McGuinty's Energy Policy Costs Ontario 1,680% Extra for Electricity! and McGuinty's Former Deputy Premier George Smitherman Caused Ontario's Skyrocketing Electricity Rates...), Torontonians and Ontarians are so black and blue from McGuinty's Green abuse, that just the mention of the words "Green" or "Eco" has us feeling traumatized and reaching to protect our wallets.
What Torontonians and Ontarians need, more now than ever, is a "Wallet Hour", not an "Earth Hour", protecting our pocketbooks from McGuinty's relentless Taxation Warming.
Here's the Earth Hour story from the Toronto Star:
Toronto only sees 5 per cent power drop for Earth Hour
Is Toronto in the dark when it comes to Earth Hour?
Millions of people from 134 countries — from Delhi, India to Heidelberg, Germany — switched off their lights and televisions for the fifth annual Earth Hour on Saturday night to show their support for action on climate change.
But Toronto only saw a 5 per cent power drop during the event — half of the reduction achieved during Earth Hour in 2010.
The year before that, the city had a 15 per cent drop in megawatts being used.
Parts of Toronto went dark from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, but spectators at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square said they were disappointed to see many stores stay brightly lit.
Toronto first participated in 2008, a year after the World Wildlife Fund kicked off the event in Australia.
“We are really proud to be the lead city in Canada fighting to save the environment and in supporting Earth Hour,” said then-mayor David Miller at the time.
On Saturday, the Star sought out prominent leaders and landmarks city-wide to see if they were setting an example. The results were disappointing.
Some experts say the novelty of the event has worn off. But the WWF, which runs Earth Hour, says more countries and municipalities are participating than ever before.
The 5 per cent power reduction equals a drop of about 115 megawatts for the one hour period – the equivalent of about 35,000 homes or 12 skyscrapers going off the grid.
Dalton McGuinty's Ontario Liberal Green Crusading has turned off Torontonians and Ontarians, and now we're starting to see the backlash.
Just wait until November when McGuinty and his Ontario Liberals are tossed in the trash, and no amount of recycling will ever bring them back to power.
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