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Earth Hour Primitive Madness Blissfully Continues

March 24, 2013
Earth Hour idiocy in the Philippines. Photo credit: Inquirer.net

Earth Hour idiocy in the Philippines. Photo credit: Inquirer.net

Anyone who values reason— or at least understands what this abstraction means– should reject, loathe, mock Earth Hour, and consider it a by-product of absolute ignorance and mysticism. Electricity is one of the best inventions in human history. It powers everything that provides comfort, sense of security, wealth, inspiration, happiness to man. It is mankind’s greatest engine of liberty and freedom.

Electricity is the machine that brought us to modern-day civilization. It was this liberating discovery and invention that set man free from nature’s cruelty and bondage. Nature is not man’s enemy. Man needs nature to survive. But to survive, he needs to adjust to nature and define and understand his limits. This is what our ancestors did in the past.

The discovery of this great engine changed man’s life forever. It served as the indispensable link to latter discoveries, inventions and innovation– steam engine, telegraph, telephone, diesel engine, airplane, television, radio, refrigerators, washing machines, X-ray, medical technologies, computers, the Internet, etc. 

Man should be proud of the discovery of electricity. If there were remote civilizations in the infinite outer space, at least man could proudly gaze upon the sky and say, as one would utter a heartfelt prayer: “We did it… and we’re proud of it.” 

But there are people, industries and organizations– mostly the main beneficiaries of this great engine– who feel ashamed and guilty of being part of our civilization powered by electric plants, wires and cables. Others– those who concocted the anti-reason, anti-man madness called ‘Earth Hour’– are simply immoral, evil and dishonest.

Earth Hour symbolizes in action the environmentalist belief that man is the enemy of nature and of mother earth.

As a co-founder of Earth Hour states: “Earth Hour was created to: 1) unite people and show our desire to protect the planet, 2) to encourage and empower people to take action beyond the hour itself, and 3) to create an interconnected global community and build on the momentum and action for a sustainable future.”

The message is clear: Planet Earth must be protected from man’s abuse and disuse of his background. But how could the Earth Hour group empower people by making them ignorant and feel guilty of something that they should be proud of? And what “interconnected global community” are they talking about?

Daily Earth Hour celebration in North Korea.

Daily Earth Hour celebration in North Korea.

These earthlings should take a look at North Korea, which celebrates Earth Hour not once a year, but 365 days a year.

What does this yearly event actually symbolize? This media contributor states: “What about Earth Hour itself – what does it really symbolize? The desire of some people to control the lives of many others by using government force to restrict the use of energy. These people have the same mindset as those who value bugs and rocks over human life. The outspoken ones go so far as to state openly that Earth would be better off without humanity.”

In the Philippines more and more corporations are joining Earth Hour. According to Filipino organizer, more Filipinos and institutions have become “more aware of the need to go green” since the event started in 2008.

Go green? How can this third world nation go green if we limit foreign participation and investment?

“More and more corporations are stepping up to bring our message of hope and sustainable living to greater heights,” one organizer also said, adding: “We did save up to around 650 megawatt-hours in [Earth Hour] 2009, which is equivalent to shutting down a dozen medium sized coal-fired power plants for an hour.”

I remember there were a lot of Earth Hours during the term of the President Noynoy Aquino’s mother, Cory.

The truth is, the Philippines has the most expensive electricity due to protectionism, cronyism and massive regulations. The country 1987 Constitution simply legalized absolute control or monopoly of the power sector by Independent Power Producer (IPP) oligarchs and cronies.

How many Filipinos are aware that we totally ban foreign participation and investment in our power sector? Do we expect foreign inventors, innovators and investors to voluntarily transfer their discoveries and inventions to us just because we badly need cheaper electricity?

Among the big businesses that have been active participants of Earth Hour include SM Malls, Robinsons Malls, Trinoma, among many others.

Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at University of Guelph, argues that: “Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity.”

He added: “People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off there too.”

Do we want an Earth Hour nation? Just vote for the socialists and let them turn this nation into a new North Korean gulag.

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