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Celebrate human achievement tonight!

Posted by Richard on March 28, 2015

Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 in your time zone, the anti-technology, anti-human eco-crazies want you to celebrate their “Earth Hour” by turning off all your lights and appliances, huddling in the dark to atone for your “sins” against Gaia. As Edward Hudgins pointed out:

But this is another way of saying that we humans are actually a burden on the Earth. We don’t belong. We should apologize and feel guilty for every blade of grass we step on, every tree we cut down to build our homes, every bit of food we eat—in other words, we should feel guilty of our own existence. Of course, Earth Hour is wrapped up in touchy-feely theatrics to the effect that turning off our lights expresses our caring about “Gaia” without requiring us to actually think about what values we are actually accepting.

When a blackout occurs because of a storm or some other cause, when the lights, refrigerator, AC, heat, computers, and TVs go out, we don’t cheer, we curse the darkness. Earth Hour asks us to bring a curse down upon ourselves.

I hope you’ll join me instead in celebrating the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Human Achievement Hour. Turn on lots of lights, play music, watch TV, get on the computer, call friends — in other words, use energy. And celebrate all the wonderful ways in which cheap, readily available energy and technological innovation in general — the products of human achievement — have improved human existence.

I plan to spend the hour creating the largest carbon footprint I possibly can without burning down something.

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2 Responses to “Celebrate human achievement tonight!”

  1. Rick Shultz said

    Hey Richard! I hope you did yourself proud during Earth Hour. I did what I could, which was listen to Pink Floyd’s “Pulse” Concert with the volume up as far as it would go with every light on that I could manage. I have to hold it a down a LITTLE or the neighbors calling the Gestapo to come and beat me. And don’t think for a minute that they wouldn’t beat on me because they have. My relationship with the Chattanooga PD has been a very uneasy truce ever since 2007 which was my last major run-in with them.(They almost killed me with a damn Taser. It’s a long story.) I lost the fight, but I won in court. They had to drop the charges,expunge my record and they were NOT happy campers! Not that I care. The score stands at Shultz-1 Cops-ZERO and that’s the only thing that matters to me. They know I own that 5.7mm and I think they’re a little afraid that I might have milspec ammo, so now we simply co-exist. I’ve agreed NOT to call 911 and they’ve agreed to leave me be unless I kill somebody.

  2. Billll said

    If we’re going to have a National Hour of Darkness, it should probably be on April 15 when the forces of darkness are at their strongest.

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