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Celebrate Human Achievement Hour

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is hosting a celebration tonight called Human Achievement Hour to counter Earth Hour. I love their press release announcing their new one hour holiday:

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, plans to recognize "Human Achievement Hour" between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 28, 2009. The new one-hour holiday coincides with Earth Hour, a period of time during which governments, individuals, and corporations have agreed to dim or shut off lights in an effort to draw attention to climate change.

"We are so proud that millions of people plan to show their appreciation for human achievement by doing things like eating dinner, watching television, going to the movies, and brushing their teeth," says Human Achievement Hour Founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. "Never before has a new holiday caught on so quickly."

The new one-hour holiday, unknown prior to this press release, has already received overwhelming support from many of Washington, D.C.'s leading institutions. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, for example, tells CEI that it does not plan to shut down all of the city's bus and rail lines for the "Earth Hour." The Kennedy Center, likewise, has scheduled a performance of the long-running play Sheer Madness, a jazz concert, and a dance performance to coincide with the Human Achievement Hour. Washington, D.C.'s Target store, furthermore, will remain open until 10:00pm on the evening of the 28th. The Smithsonian Institution also plans a film showing that will extend into Human Achievement Hour.

"We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible," says Myron Ebell, CEI's Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy.

Other organizations around the world and the nation have planned events in support of the new holiday. For example, The United State Marine Corps will continue its combat and humanitarian operations around the world during Human Achievement Hour. The New York Times confirms that it intends to put out a paper on March 29th, 2009 (preparation and printing for that issue will take place during Human Achievement Hour). At least 30,000 movies will also be screened in celebration of Human Achievement Hour. Hospital emergency and operating rooms, likewise, will remain open in Washington and in the rest of the country. Nearly all of the nation's Wal-Mart locations will also be open during Human Achievement Hour.

Those wishing to celebrate Earth Hour, however, do not need to take part in Human Achievement Hour. "Earth Hour is a viable alternative to human achievement hour," says CEI Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer. "Those who wish to celebrate Earth Hour should sit in the dark, turn off the heat, and breathe as little as possible."

Michelle Malkin has a great suggestion for Human Achievement Hour:

Leave the lights on between 8:30pm and 9:30pm and watch this video with your friends and family!


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Comments (11)

Actually I plan on turning ... (Below threshold)

Actually I plan on turning on every light and every gadget I have in the house. Might as well mow the lawn while I'm at it, that way I can't be accused of 'wasting energy' with the outdoor lights on.

Wow, turning your lights of... (Below threshold)

Wow, turning your lights off for a WHOLE FRIGGIN HOUR!!!! What kind of statement is that??

i can think of a few commen... (Below threshold)

i can think of a few commentors who could leave their CPU's off for a while and save a WHOLE lot of energy.

@ 2036 hours, E.D.S.T.... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

@ 2036 hours, E.D.S.T.

Celebrating Human Achievement Hour here in the N.E.

The lights are on inside and out. Computers running. Time to wander over to the 'frig and find something cold to drink.

I'm watching coverage of Ea... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I'm watching coverage of Earth Hour on my giant screen TV. It's amazing to think how much mileage environmentalists are getting out of the global warming junk science. Once the truth is known, the global warming scam will severely damage the reputation of science for decades to come. Intelligent design will get a big boost from this successful hijacking of science by the environmentalist religion.

When you look at your elec... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

When you look at your electricity bill I hope the satisfaction of:

Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face

was worth it.

While we still have the fre... (Below threshold)

While we still have the freedom to turn off
and on our lights, we sure did.

When you look at y... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
When you look at your electricity bill I hope the satisfaction of:

Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face

was worth it.

It's the great increase in those bills with Obama's energy tax that will drive Obama and the environmentalists out of power, so it's you and your ilk who are Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face.

"When you look at your elec... (Below threshold)
upset Old Guy:

"When you look at your electricity bill I hope the satisfaction of: Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face was worth it." Adrian Browne

My actions, my bill to pay. It's called personal responsibility. Study on the subject a bit, you might find it an appealing behavior to try.

Human induced global warmin... (Below threshold)
Richard in Oz:

Human induced global warming my arse!
The earth is still in a glacial phase, just check out the ice caps.

There have been times when earth had large expanses of ice covering continents and times when there was no ice at all. In fact the antarctic was once covered in rain forest.

On earth change is the only constant, and that includes climate change.

My wife and I kept our lights on and indulged in practical pursuits, unlike the envirnazis.

That is so cute!... (Below threshold)

That is so cute!






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