Release: ‘Light Brigade’ to debunk Sunday’s ‘forward on climate’ D.C. rally

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday February 13, 2013

CONTACT: Alex Epstein


‘Light Brigade’ to debunk ‘forward on climate’ D.C. rally

U.S. cannot afford an energy blackout

The Sierra Club’s ‘forward on climate’ rally is really a ‘blackout rally,’” said Alex Epstein, Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and “we’re sending in the ‘Light Brigade’ to debunk false claims, open people’s eyes and underline the importance of energy to our economic recovery.”

Light Brigade shirtsOn Sunday, February 17, the Sierra Club and other NGOs will lead what they are billing as ‘the world’s largest ever climate rally.’

The Light Brigade will assemble at 11:30 AM near the Smithsonian exit to the D.C. Metro at the Mall side of the exit. The Brigade can be reached at 949-421-8867 for anyone seeking to meet up with it during the event or seeking comment. The Light Brigade is a joint project of CIP and CFACT, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow.

 “The Sierra Club and its allies don’t just want to outlaw the Keystone Pipeline (which would be in itself a horrible economic blow), they want to outlaw all fossil fuels.” Epstein said. “Incredibly, they also want to shut down nuclear and hydroelectric power, which are the only sources of affordable, reliable energy that don’t emit CO2. They push solar and wind, but these are expensive, unreliable energy sources that are not up to the task of powering the American economy.”

Marc Morano, founder of CFACT’s award-winning Climate Depot news and information service said, “Big Green’s real enemy is the high-energy, industrial civilization that keeps our lights on.  The Light Brigade will challenge this destructive vision for America and remind the global warming activists carbon based energy has been one of the greatest liberators of mankind in the history of our planet. James Lovelock, the father of the modern green movement recently declared “sustainable development” is “meaningless drivel”.  Fossil fuels and nuclear energy have provided an amazing boon to human well-being, while providing the prosperity which has afforded us the means to protect the natural environment. If we don’t receive energy from our friendly and democratic neighbors like Canada via the Keystone pipeline, we will be forced to get if from hostile nations with poor human rights records. We need to redefine sustainable development as oil, gas, coal — energy that works and energy that lifts people out of poverty.”

The Light Brigade is the first serious effort to provide balance to the “forward on climate” rally.

We are not merely holding a counter-protest,” Epstein said, “we are holding a counter-education. Everyone wearing a yellow Light Brigade shirt will be ready to provide hard facts and debunk propaganda. Our passion for energy will be on full display.”

Anyone who would like to join the Light Brigade and enlighten the Mall on February 17th can sign up at

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  1. jameshrust February 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Let us see what the Sierra Club and consorts will drudge up for a demonstration this Sunday to demonstrate to Congress the country needs to commit economic suicide.
    Will Americans for Prosperity, the numeroust Tea Party groups, and other conservation organization get organized to provide a counter demonstration to show Congress the majority of Americans don’t support the insane policies put out by Sierra Club, etc./
    Unless we can get greater public support, President Obama may prevail in his attempts to stop use of the nation’s abundant, economic fossil fuels.

    James Rust

  2. Lee Riffee February 15, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I can’t imagine that too many Sierra Club members would want to spend the rest of their lives living like people in rural parts of third-world countries do, which is exactly what they claim to want for this country. Actually, if these people practiced what they preached and eschewed everything that comes from or was created using fossil fuels, you would never hear another peep out of them since they would living in the woods in sheltering in caves and eating roots and insects to survive.

  3. Will Stewart February 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Interestingly, Germany now obtains 23% of their energy from renewable sources, even in a climate where they receive far less on average than the US. They continue to show the world that OECD countries can indeed significantly expand their use of renewable energy resources.

    We live in a well-insulated, passive solar house with a 2 kW solar array that provides us with about 85% of our electrical power needs. We have propane backup and hot water (around 200 g/yr), though solar hot water is the next step.

    I bike to a commuter bus which takes me to work. Sweet…

  4. J.P. Katigbak April 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    There should have a more meaningful discussion on the genuine need to challenge the ideological and philosophical doctrine of environmentalism and the real need to tackle social and economic development issues to ensure that tried and tested old values and customs are adaptable to the modern times around the globe. – JPK

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