The Competitive Enterprise Institute Finally Gets It Right!


After all these years of fighting for incandescent light bulbs, gas guzzling cars and bottled water, The Competitive Enterprise Institute has finally had an idea we can get behind; they are promoting Human Achievement Hour. CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton says:

We see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource. Environmental challenges will not be solved by turning off our lights and symbolically hiding in the dark. If anything, we should be looking to technology and innovation to help solve environmental problems."

I completely agree, and am thrilled that the CEI has seen the light. I think they might have made an error running it at the same time as Earth Hour, though. We have a conflict.

After all, this is an organization that has fought technology and innovation every step of the way. They even make a symbol out of an inefficient, hundred year old incandescent bulb, as if they were proud of their old, wasteful ways. Yet now they ask: "Will you vote for innovation or stagnation?"

After all, how can we forget how it came out against high tech horizontal axis washing machines in favor of cheaper, less efficient top loaders;

Or how they blamed more efficient automobiles for killing people, saying they are "less crashworthy in the case of an accident" because more efficient cars will have to be lighter.

I don't know what brought about this transformation; There never was an organization so devoted to fighting new technology and innovation as was the CEI. They are having a party in Arlington, VA during Earth Hour to celebrate their alternative (in a smoking room, yet) to "celebrate the inventions of human ingenuity that make all of our lives better." There is not a TreeHugger around who wouldn't want to do that. But we have a conflict that night; 34 people have signed up for their party, while 5,638,090 have signed up for Earth Hour. We will stick with the crowd.

More on CEI in TreeHugger:
Whats Wrong with Mild Winters, Anyways?
"CO2: We Call it Life" ads: We Call it Hysterical
The CEI Airs Its Dirty Laundry: Save the Inefficient Top Loader or Thousands Will Die
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