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Earth Hour nears so even this politics blog will shut d

March 28, 2009 |  2:30 pm

Composite photo of Earth at night from space

Apparently because wildlife don't use that much electricity, the World Wildlife Fund appointed itself head of running today's special Earth Hour.

It'll be the third annual attempt. From 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. wherever you are anywhere on the globe on Saturday, everyone is supposed to stop using electricity, even though all the big generating plants all over the planet will not stop making electricity. Hundreds of cities and towns and famous landmarks have agreed to participate, according to organizers.

The point?

Well, um, to stop global warming and stuff. Now the special Earth Hour website suggests all kinds of activities for that powerless hour in the dark. (No, not those kind of activities!) It suggests Tweeting and making environmental videos and stuff, which means you'll be using electrical power that you stored in those nickel cadmium batteries before the dark hour. Which seems kinda like cheating.

“This will be a pivotal year in the future of our planet," said Carter Roberts, chief executive of the WWF (not the wrestling one), "as we look to Congress, President Obama and global leaders to take immediate and decisive action on climate change.”

President Barack Obama will be way up in the Maryland mountains at Camp David. And Vice President Joe Biden, who became a senator when Obama was only 11 years old and electricity had become fairly common, has fled the country to another foreign conference that doesn't require the president's presence. So we won't be able to check on their participation.

But somehow a whole bunch of people in many places are going to study the global impact of the dark hour and then fly to a UN Climate Change summit in Copenhagen later this year creating Lord knows how many tons of carbon emissions to talk about the dire situation.

Now, as a patriotic politics site, The Ticket is determined to do its part. The dark Earth Hour is coming very near. At precisely 8:30 p.m. somewhere we are going to stop blogging and

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