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Defy Earth Hour!

March 27, 2010
It's always "Earth Hour" in North Korea...

It's always "Earth Hour" in North Korea...

More than 100 years ago, Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors who ever lived on earth, and George Westinghouse, an American capitalist, proved to the doubting world that the only source of wealth is man’s mind. In 1893 Tesla displayed the superiority and usefulness of his great discovery, alternating current, during the Columbian exposition. From then on the world was never the same again.

However, more than a century since that exposition, politically correct politicians, environmentalists, global warming fanatics, and pseudo-intellectuals came up with a grotesque idea, which proclaims that man is evil and that he is the enemy of earth’s survival. One of the by-products of the global environmentalists’ anti-reason philosophy- Earth Hour- mandates every man to turn off his lights for the sake of preserving or saving planet earth. Now in its fourth year, Earth Hour—which takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 local time on March 27—will be bigger than ever this year, the global conservationists claim. This reminds me of what I stated earlier:

“The environmentalists claim that the enemy of nature is man, so there is a need to control population growth. The socialists proclaim that since earth’s resources are scarce, the government must do something to limit “population explosion.” Both these two groups of mystics are altruists. Their mongrel philosophy, which they consciously or unconsciously hold, upholds the virtue of self-sacrifice, self-abnegation, and self-immolation. They declare that they are for the welfare of the world and men, but they are unaware that the belief system, which they dogmatically embrace, is anti-Man.

“Overpopulation is the problem,” they say, but they reject the fact that population is a private matter only left to private individuals and families. “Overpopulation is linked to poverty,” they claim, but they refused to understand the very source of poverty. If these altruistic people are concerned with suffering and human poverty, they should have the patience to discover their cause. They should ask—Why some countries continue to progress, while others do not. Africa and certain nations in Asia are being used as the poster card of global poverty. But why most people in Kenya cannot even build a deep well to solve widespread thirst and hunger? Why most people in Africa cannot even develop a practical system of agriculture as a way of solving mass starvation? Why is that the Philippines still had to rely on foreign relief during the past natural calamities that devastated the nation. “Why is it that most Filipinos are poor in spite of the fact that we’re rich in natural resources?” most people in this country wonder.  The difference between the developed and underdeveloped nations is a matter of philosophy.”

Keith Lockitch, of the Ayn Rand Institute, wrote a great article last year that focuses on the meaning of Earth Hour. Lockitch wrote:

On Saturday, March 28 (March 27 this year), cities around the world will turn off their lights to observe “Earth Hour.” Iconic landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Manhattan’s skyscrapers will be darkened to encourage reduced energy use and signal a commitment to fighting climate change.

While a one-hour blackout will admittedly have little effect on carbon emissions, what matters, organizers say, is the event’s symbolic meaning. That’s true, but not in the way organizers intend.

We hear constantly that the debate is over on climate change–that man-made greenhouse gases are indisputably causing a planetary emergency. But there is ample scientific evidence to reject the claims of climate catastrophe. And what’s never mentioned? The fact that reducing greenhouse gases to the degree sought by climate activists would, itself, cause significant harm.

Politicians and environmentalists, including those behind Earth Hour, are not calling on people just to change a few light bulbs, they are calling for a truly massive reduction in carbon emissions–as much as 80 percent below 1990 levels. Because our energy is overwhelmingly carbon-based (fossil fuels provide more than 80 percent of world energy), and because the claims of abundant “green energy” from breezes and sunbeams are a myth–this necessarily means a massive reduction in our energy use.

People don’t have a clear view of what this would mean in practice. We, in the industrialized world, take our abundant energy for granted and don’t consider just how much we benefit from its use in every minute of every day. Driving our cars to work and school, sitting in our lighted, heated homes and offices, powering our computers and countless other labor-saving appliances, we count on the indispensable values that industrial energy makes possible: hospitals and grocery stores, factories and farms, international travel and global telecommunications. It is hard for us to project the degree of sacrifice and harm that proposed climate policies would force upon us.

This blindness to the vital importance of energy is precisely what Earth Hour exploits. It sends the comforting-but-false message: Cutting off fossil fuels would be easy and even fun! People spend the hour stargazing and holding torch-lit beach parties; restaurants offer special candle-lit dinners. Earth Hour makes the renunciation of energy seem like a big party.

Participants spend an enjoyable sixty minutes in the dark, safe in the knowledge that the life-saving benefits of industrial civilization are just a light switch away. This bears no relation whatsoever to what life would actually be like under the sort of draconian carbon-reduction policies that climate activists are demanding: punishing carbon taxes, severe emissions caps, outright bans on the construction of power plants.

Forget one measly hour with just the lights off. How about Earth Month, without any form of fossil fuel energy? Try spending a month shivering in the dark without heating, electricity, refrigeration; without power plants or generators; without any of the labor-saving, time-saving, and therefore life-saving products that industrial energy makes possible.

Those who claim that we must cut off our carbon emissions to prevent an alleged global catastrophe need to learn the indisputable fact that cutting off our carbon emissions would be a global catastrophe. What we really need is greater awareness of just how indispensable carbon-based energy is to human life (including, of course, to our ability to cope with any changes in the climate).

It is true that the importance of Earth Hour is its symbolic meaning. But that meaning is the opposite of the one intended. The lights of our cities and monuments are a symbol of human achievement, of what mankind has accomplished in rising from the cave to the skyscraper. Earth Hour presents the disturbing spectacle of people celebrating those lights being extinguished. Its call for people to renounce energy and to rejoice at darkened skyscrapers makes its real meaning unmistakably clear: Earth Hour symbolizes the renunciation of industrial civilization.

Do not bow down to the anti-reason call of the global conservationist! Remember to turn on your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 tonight in celebration of technology and progress.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 3:38

    Strange that I, here in NH, have heard nothing of ‘Earth Hour’ this year. I do understand that the use of the ‘alternative’ energies that are now available can not replace the fossil fuel energy as used today … I, however, have long been an advocate of a new ‘Manhattan Project’ similar to the one that gave us nuclear power and, unfortunately, nuclear bombs. It doesn’t matter whether fossil fuels will run out 20 years from now or 100 … they will run out at some point and will need to be replaced by something. Recently we have seen the power of government pour untold billions of dollars into economic stimulus programs, bank bailouts, corporate bailouts, and continued military actions that seem to go on forever. The trifling amount aimed at funding for new systems / technologies to replace fossil fuels is just sad.

  2. March 27, 2011 3:38

    Earth Hour: A glimpse of the future when ordinary people can no longer pay for electricity due to carbons taxes!

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