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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