Earth Hour approaches, when we are all supposed to turn off our lights to heal the planet. Some of us will protest the environmentalist desire to eliminate half of earth’s population and bring the economy into the 19th Century by leaving our lights on. Counter-protest is an appropriate term, since the environmental industry has made this a contest. I did not make this up.
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.
They insist, you see, on a false dichotomy. You are either for them or you are for global warming. The debate is over, of course, but I am surprised they forgot to call it “climate change,” because it’s been getting cooler for a decade.
Given that choice, I’ll vote for global warming. Back in a minute… There, all my lights and electronics are on.
Let’s celebrate Human Achievement Hour.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute plans to recognize “Human Achievement Hour” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 28, 2009 to coincide with Earth Hour, a period of time during which governments, individuals, and corporations have agreed to dim or shut off lights in an effort to draw attention to climate change. Anyone not foregoing the use of electricity in that hour is, by default, celebrating the achievements of human beings.
We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible.
Green and private conservation are fine. We have no problem with an individual (or group) that wants to sit naked in the dark without heat, clothing, or light. Additionally, we would have no problem with the group holding a pro-green technology rally. That is their choice. But when this group stages a “global election” with the express purpose of influencing “government policies to take action against global warming,” we have every right as individuals to express our vote for the opposite
If Human Achievement Hour is at all a dig against Earth Hour, it is so only by the fact that we are pointing out what Earth Hour truly is about: it isn’t pro-earth, it is anti-man and anti-innovation. So, on March 28th, CEI plans to continue “voting” for humanity by enjoying the fruits of man’s mind.
I think the best part might be that there is now a good reason to leave your outside Christmas lights up until March so as to use them during Earth Hour. This also means it’ll be, on average, warmer when you do take them down.
(Some glitch caused this to pop up briefly on Sunday. When I noticed I re-posted to the original. ??