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Mar 24, 2011

Bulb Wars

Clipboard01 In case it isn't on your calendar, this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. we're all supposed to turn off our lights to celebrate "Earth Hour," a project of our colleagues at WWF, to "take a stand against climate change." The movement started in Australia in 2007, and resulted in the cool spectacle of lights being turned out on such landmarks as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and the Colosseum in Rome. The practical effects of such actions may be debatable, but reading about the Competitive Enterprise Institute's counter-campaign--the "Human Achievement Hour"--is enough to make you want to sit in the dark just to spite them.

On March 26th some people will be sitting in the dark to express their "vote" for action on global climate change. Instead, you can join CEI and the thousands of people around the world who will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour(HAH). Leave your lights on to express your appreciation for the inventions and innovations that make today the best time to be alive and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion. 

By "government coercion" the CEI means things like the EPA telling operators of coal-fired power plants that they can't poison us with mercury or taking steps to prevent climate chaos. So while CEI and its supporters turn on all their (incandescent!) lights Saturday to re-read The Fountainhead, I recommend you take the time to read--by the appropriate light source of your choice--this remarkable speech by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in which she makes a powerful call to do what we all know needs to be done: Put a price on carbon.

We will cut carbon pollution. We will not leave our nation stranded by history. We will not live at the expense of future generations. We will get this call right and get this job done: For our nation. For our people. For our future.

--Paul Rauber

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