April 12th 2008

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Red Star over Canberra

EDITORIAL: Behind the bid for UN Security Council seat

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd's ideas summit looms

BIOFUELS: Ethanol doesn't have to compete with food

QUARANTINE: AQIS blamed for equine influenza outbreak

FINANCE: Right and wrong way to tackle financial crisis

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The American elections / Rudd's honesty / Conservative blues / NATO's fastidious peace-keeping

TAIWAN: KMT victory paves way for improved China ties

EUROPE: The Dutch disease - how low can you go?

BIOETHICS: Man - a vanishing species?

OPINION: Twilight of the British Raj

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Beijing's one-child policy a demographic powder-keg / A nation of dunces? / Fragility of the affluent society

High cost of foregoing trade deal (letter)

Finlandisation? (letter)

News Weekly's stand on global-warming (letter)

Earth Hour a silly idea (letter)

BOOKS: THE LITERACY WARS: teaching children to read and write in Australia by Ilana Snyder

BOOKS: ORIGINS: An Atlas of Human Migration edited by Russell King

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Earth Hour a silly idea (letter)

by Alan Barron

News Weekly, April 12, 2008

I can't believe people took seriously this nonsense about switching off excess lighting for the duration of "Earth Hour".

Do people seriously believe that, by switching off excess lighting for one paltry hour, this will make any shred of difference?

It achieved a big fat zero, just a massive monument to vanity and do-goodism.

If people really think the environment is under such a grave threat, then one would assume they would have at least sold their cars by now, and, if they haven't converted to solar power, sold off most of their electrical appliances. But I strongly suspect it was business as usual at 9:01 pm.

This nonsense of global warming has nothing of substance to support it. We are getting our knickers in a knot over nothing.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.

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