The Northwest Indiana Times is always good for a laugh from time to time, as they flail desperately to save their ever-shrinking readership audience. I’m fairly sure that headlines like THIS aren’t helping any:
Well . . . duuuuh!
( I add the screengrab only because when the paper finds out how stupid this headline actually reads, they’ll probably change it. but the link is there for you to confirm on your own.) I should also say please don’t shoot angry e-mails at Laurie Harvey Keagle. The authors usually don’t write their own headlines- that’s the Editor’s job. Obviously Laurie’s editor was a bit punchy that day.
Although I don’t think that explains reprinting this goopy, syrupy-sweet Press Release verbatim from the city of Valparaiso director of special events:
On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple:
turning off their light(sic) for one hour.
In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.
Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights at 8:30 p.m. March 27 local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America.
Our community will be participating in Earth Hour and will help make an important stand on climate change. Porter County is participating by turning off the Courthouse lights. The City of Valparaiso will be turning out the tree lights downtown.
The Valparaiso Downtown Dining Association, Bistro 157, Bon Femme Cafe, Don Quijote, Paparazzi and Pikk’s Tavern, along with Maria Elena’s, have all pledged their support to Earth Hour and patrons will dine by candlelight this evening. Make your reservations now to show your understanding of the importance of this global movement and enjoy a very special candlelit evening. The first 100 patrons of these 6 restaurants will receive a free CFL light bulb compliments of the City of Valparaiso. V-Line riders throughout the day on March 27 will also receive a free CFL light bulb.
We hope you’ll join us in the important and inspiring effort and encourage others to take part. It’s a simple way to make the world a better place.
A free CFL bulb. Oh yeah; THAT’LL do it.
And I’m sure she’s quite serious. Really.
Look, I’m all for conservation and clean air and water. God knows we have the most stringent standards and the cleanest air and water of any country in the world. (Yes, eco-Nazis, we DO indeed. If you want to argue that point, you’ve obviously never been to Europe or Asia. Bombay, Canton, or Mexico City at midday are positively toxic!)
But this “turning off the lights for an hour” junk is just plain stupidity. It’s unrehashed Luddite-ism, wrapped in a green, fuzzy eco-blanket. What in the world are we supposed to be teaching our kids with this flippant ridiculousness? How to live without electricity, for God’s sake? To be like North Korea without any electricity at night? How much do you want to bet those kids don’t (or even better, kick and scream and refuse) to turn off their cellphones or handheld game machines during Earth Hour?
They ain’t stupid, pardner. At least, not as stupid as these green fuzzy eco-nazis.
So I’m going to do what I did last year.. Every light in the house will be on. Gonna turn on my Christmas lists, too. (C’mon, some of you know full well you haven’t taken down your Christmas lights yet. Here’s your chance to make them work for you. Crank those puppy’s up.
And just to tweak the eco-nazis – I’ll light every candle I have, too — just to throw some CO2 into the atmosphere. Kick up the Global warming alert status a notch.
Again, Trace Adkins shows us the way here: