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Force of Darkness “Earth Hour” Challenged by Power of Light “Human Achievement Hour”
Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 3/19/10 | Richard Morrison

Posted on 03/27/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

he Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual “Human Achievement Hour” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration coincides with “Earth Hour,” an hour in which governments, individuals, and corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology. “Earth Hour’s creators suggest that human inventions and technology are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource,” says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. “Environmental challenges will not be solved by turning off our lights and symbolically hiding in the dark,” Minton added. “If anything, we should be looking to technology and innovation to help solve environmental problems.”

Just like last year, countless individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour without even realizing it. Just by not shutting down their lights, operations and stores, they will be acknowledging that productive effort and the pursuit of happiness are a better alternative than sitting in the dark.

In addition to the observance of Human Achievement Hour, wherever people may find themselves around the world, CEI will be hosting a happy hour event outside of Washington, D.C.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: achivement; cei; climatechange; earthhour; globalwarming; human; innovation; notnuts; technology
Yes! Celebrate Human Achievement. Tell the weenies and wusses where to go.
1 posted on 03/27/2010 9:00:51 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I like it. The state of a civilization can be measured by how much energy they consume per capita. The more energy consumed, the higher the level of civilization.
2 posted on 03/27/2010 9:02:25 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I will spend Earth Hour welding/grinding/fabricating on my gas guzzling Off-road 4x4.

Afterward, I will dine upon the roasted flesh of a Spotted Owl - barbecued over carbon-belching coals; burnt scraps of lumber harvested from an old growth forest.

And for dessert - Bambie’s glazed eyeballs, broiled in the heat of a 1000 watt halogen spotlight.


3 posted on 03/27/2010 9:25:02 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: LomanBill

For those of us unable to participate as you do (I don’t have a 4X4), turning on all exterior lighting will have to be sufficient.


4 posted on 03/27/2010 9:28:54 AM PDT by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: marktwain

I used to work at an energy research institute and we produced that graph in the early 80s. It showed GDP vs. energy consumption through time and for different nations. The correlation was very strong.


5 posted on 03/27/2010 9:33:14 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Memo to Force of Darkness EnvironNazis:

BITE ME!


6 posted on 03/27/2010 9:38:47 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Last year on “earth hour,” I turned on every light, every appliance, and every other electrical thing inside and outside my home to celebrate. Why not celebrate the light, rather than the darkness, was my thought. I’ll do it again this year.


7 posted on 03/27/2010 9:45:47 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Imnidiot

I am planning to turn on all lights inside and out. I will blare load Patriotic music off my back porch and eat pulled pork sandwiches with my favorite brewski. I hope I piss off all my liberal neighbors off completely.


8 posted on 03/27/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

http://cei.org/news-release/2010/03/19/force-darkness-%E2%80%9Cearth-hour%E2%80%9D-challenged-power-light-%E2%80%9Chuman-achievement-hour%E2%80%9D

This link goes directly to the article you reference.


9 posted on 03/27/2010 9:49:51 AM PDT by jasmine47 (All you have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to you. (Gandalf))
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To: Pride in the USA

Don’t forget to turn on ALL your lights tonight! Celebrate Human Achievement!


10 posted on 03/27/2010 9:54:37 AM PDT by lonevoice (If Fox News is the only outlet reporting it, did it really happen?)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Excellent! I agree completely. “Energy conservation” only limits the economy and technology progress.

Innovation and new technologies should be pursued to satisfy the ever increasing energy need, which is the sign of progress and prosperity.

How about nuclear energy, clean, cheap — France gets 80% of their electricity from nuclear, why can’t we and others do the same, instead of raising rates and demanding that we keep turning off lights?


11 posted on 03/27/2010 10:12:45 AM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Will Las Vegas turn off their lights?

Will Reno turn off their lights?

Will Disneyworld/Land turn off their lights?

Will Hollywood turn out the lights on their sign?

Will Burbon street follow suit?

Will Broadway turn out THEIR lights on a Saturday night?????

Will ballparks go dark?

Will BB games be played in the dark?

I could go on and on but the idea you get.


12 posted on 03/27/2010 10:18:19 AM PDT by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; All

Why stop at just one hour? It might make an impression if the power companies shut off the power for a week or so. We can call it 18th century history awareness week.

After they clean up the bodies form riots, food poisonings, accidents, and hospital shutdowns a little Co2 won’t look so bad.

What this “debate” needs is some perspective. If power companies go on strike, American will grind to a halt. May not change all the lefties, but the sheep following them might just get their heads out of their collective rear ends.


13 posted on 03/27/2010 10:25:49 AM PDT by Martel1971
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To: FormerACLUmember

The largest Christmas lights display in the San Francisco Bay area, over 300,000 lights!

http://www.casadelpomba.com/


14 posted on 03/27/2010 11:07:46 AM PDT by Deo volente (There is no tagline sufficient to describe the atrocity we're witnessing right now.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Join Earth Hour of Power group on Facebook set up by a Freeper:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=108658325827939


15 posted on 03/27/2010 11:17:45 AM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Liberals: Trying to force America to return to the Dark Ages since 1776...


16 posted on 03/27/2010 11:45:07 AM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“Lucifer” means “bearer of light”, and to the libs anyone who uses too much light is a devil tonight! How convenient for them to suddenly find religion...[/s]


17 posted on 03/27/2010 4:33:00 PM PDT by rfp1234
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18 posted on 03/27/2010 5:25:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light.)
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19 posted on 03/27/2010 5:26:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light.)
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To: cubreporter

Yes! And they’d better turn off all the lights in all the arenas where basketball games or victory celebrations are happening tonight, LOL!

Go, Butler! Wa-Hoo!!

Just turned on the porch lights, and the light in the attic. Got a bonfire going, the woodburner in the pole barn is fired up AND...I just turned up the thermostat.

*SMIRK*

What a bunch of foolish Hippies. Give it a rest, Kids. You’ve got ‘Your Man in Washington’ right now, LOL! He’s busy ‘Burning The Midnight Oil’ signing Recess Appointments that are going to screw America (and YOU!) over beyond YOUR wildest socialist dreams!


20 posted on 03/27/2010 5:37:14 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: Martel1971

Brilliant!

But don’t worry...from what I read/hear China is planning one big-@ss cyber-attack on us...and all the electrical grids are run by computer.

So, it may be coming sooner than later.

Buy a generator...because there will only be a few of us (with generators) left here on FR to hold the line. ;)


21 posted on 03/27/2010 5:39:52 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: Deo volente

“The Deacon announced that each of the 325,350 Christmas lights were dedicated as a prayer for the safety of our military men and women.”

That is a VERY nice thing to do! :)


22 posted on 03/27/2010 5:40:51 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: cubreporter

At LEAST ‘turn off’ Paris, LOL!

http://www.yournewwallpaper.com/landscapes/wallpaper/paris-at-night/


23 posted on 03/27/2010 5:43:01 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Guess I’ll stop buying their apple juice.

Whenever there is hope in the world, Red China gets in there and does its best to squash it!


24 posted on 03/27/2010 5:46:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

My house is lit up like a Christmas tree :) I do this every year.


25 posted on 03/27/2010 5:50:43 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

yes, turn off Paris.


26 posted on 03/27/2010 6:04:02 PM PDT by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Lots of lites on here...he he he...


27 posted on 03/27/2010 6:04:21 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You hit it on the head. These people live in a fantasy land all the time. Once it hits them they’ll be screamin and hollerin’. The tuition is going up so the students will be protesting. Everyone will learn but...unfortunately it will be too late.


28 posted on 03/27/2010 6:06:25 PM PDT by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: Imnidiot
Bzzzzt Bzzt Bzzzzt Bzzt Bzzzzt Bzzt Bzzzzt Bzzt Bzzzzt Bzzt

{inhales}

I love the smell of burning flux in the evening....smells like... Victory.


29 posted on 03/27/2010 6:49:42 PM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Only trouble with this was that I hadn’t heard about it, nor had anyone that I know also March 27th(today)is Saturday and the majority of businesses across the country are closed at night. What a joke. If it had been the middle of the week and had been advertised, I’m sure that people would have done without for an hour, after all, just think what you can do in the dark...


30 posted on 03/28/2010 12:34:35 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Amagi; Beowulf; Tunehead54; Clive; Fractal Trader; tubebender; marvlus; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

In the duel of Earth Hour versus Human Achievement Hour, on Saturday evening, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. YourTime, it might be interesting to see who (reportedly) took the plunge into darkness & despair for Earth Hour, unlike the rest of us who celebrated lights ON for Human Achievement Hour.

  I am not making this up.

State government entities, including some capitol buildings, in

Additionally:


Ironically, the rush to darkness troubled some government types, like the Niagara Falls fire department, who are worried about public safety.  

H/T and Thanx to Christine Hall @ CEI.

31 posted on 03/30/2010 4:34:09 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: steelyourfaith
Just a quick note about earth hour - I work in a control room for a large eastern US power company. I have access to the load data and real-time load charts. I happened to be on duty on the evening of March 27th, and I can say with certainty that I saw NO noticeable change in power consumption that took place at 8:30 PM eastern or central time. It didn't rise or drop.

If there was any participation in earth hour, it was very minimal and what little there was was offset by those celebrating Human Achievement Hour (which I did last year).

32 posted on 03/31/2010 5:37:18 AM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: meyer

We freepers all turned on every light and appliance in the house. We took up the slack as we know how critical it is to not shock the load balance on our electrical grid.


33 posted on 03/31/2010 5:41:20 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: meyer
Very interesting and encouraging. Thanx !
34 posted on 03/31/2010 5:52:08 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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