Earth Hour on March 27 Sends the Wrong Message

WASHINGTON -- Tomorrow cities around the world will turn off their lights to observe “Earth Hour.” Iconic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Willis Tower, Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House will be darkened to encourage reduced energy use and signal a commitment to fighting climate change.

But according to Dr. Keith Lockitch, a fellow with the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, “The symbolic message that Earth Hour sends is deceptive and destructive.”

“Cutting off our carbon emissions would be a global catastrophe. Carbon-based energy is a life-and-death necessity in today’s world. A truly massive reduction in carbon emissions means a massive reduction in our energy use and would cause significant harm.

“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.”