Tonight, It’s Human Achievement Hour

By March 28, 2009Energy, Global Warming

The utopian scolds and scolding utopians are telling the world to turn off the lights tonight to promote the green agenda. Sigh.

In response, the big picture, big freedom advocates at the Competitive Enterprise Institute plan to mark the moment with the “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.

Now, sanctimony can keep you as warm as kerosene, but it doesn’t light the room. What does? Candles! But as it turns out…

Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and director of the Denmark-based think tank Copenhagen Consensus Centre, said the event could actually increase emissions.

“When asked to extinguish electricity, people turn to candlelight,” Lomborg wrote in an op-ed in The Australian. “Candles seem natural, but are almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light globes, and more than 300 times less efficient than fluorescent lights. If you use one candle for each extinguished globe, you’re essentially not cutting CO2 at all, and with two candles you’ll emit more CO2. Moreover, candles produce indoor air pollution 10 to 100 times the level of pollution caused by all cars, industry and electricity production.”

The CEI’s Chris Horner calls it as he sees it:

Now, if our poseurs could manage to leave the lights, latte machines… hospital respirators, school buses and the like off, then they might stand a chance of complying with their stated demands. But since deep down they have no intention of doing so, recognize this as being — just like Kyoto, though without the body count and misery — a gesture designed to suit the vanities of the wealthy and soft.


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