The Blackout Rally Meets the Light Brigade

The Sierra Club,, and many other self-proclaimed environmentalist groups are planning a mega–“forward on climate” rally on February 17.

To assess whether this is a good thing, you need know only two facts.

  1. In all of human history, there have been only three cheap, plentiful, reliable sources of energy: fossil fuel energy, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric energy. (Solar and wind have always been radically inferior as they have always been expensive and unreliable.)
  2. The leading “forward on climate” groups seek to destroy not only vital fossil fuel energy, but also nuclear and hydroelectric energy, which emit no CO2.

Conclusion: This rally has nothing to do with climate, though I know many of its participants believe it does. It is about opposing any form of practical energy for any reason. It is a Blackout Rally. And today’s so-called environmentalist movement is a Blackout Movement. No one wants dirty water–but some people want to destroy the energy that keeps our lights on (and cleans our water).

On February 17, Center for Industrial Progress will challenge the Blackout Rally with our message of improving the planet for human beings through energy, technology, and development. Blackout Movement–meet the Light Brigade.


To see videos of me squaring off vs.’s Bill McKibben, go to our YouTube page.