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Earth Hour 2013 Man of the Year!!!

In case you missed it, last night was Earth Hour. That's when people around the world turn off their lights for one hour to show concern for the Earth. The idea originated from the World Wildlife Fund.

Bouncing off Don Boudreaux, I would like to announce that Kim Jong-Un is the Earth Hour 2013 Man of the Year.

Kim Jong-Un, Earth Hour's 2013 Man of the Year

I won't read through his resume and accomplishments to make my case, I will point out this satellite photo showing the difference between the two Koreas.

North Korea, where every day is "Earth Hour."

Not only is the dashing young dictator's regime focused on keeping North Koreans in the dark more than just one hour a year, but he is now leading a government that is threatening to blow up other countries for various reasons. He has ordered his military to strike with "lightening speed"--apparently confusing lightening speed with lightening, and thinking that lightening can bring light to the country.

I suspect that he is a leading candidate to be Earth Hour's Man of the Year next year, and probably every year after, as long as he is in power.

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Prof. Boudreaux's letter to World Wildlife Fund President Carter Roberts in 2010:

Earlier this week your organization sponsored another worldwide “Earth Hour,” an event in which people demonstrated their commitment to the environment by turning off their lights for one hour.

In light (no pun intended) of your dark view of industrial and commercial activities, I recommend that the WWF create a special Lifetime Achievement Award for North Korea’s Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il.  As this nighttime photograph of the Korean peninsula makes plain, the Dear Leader – like his father before him – works tirelessly to keep his nation’s carbon footprint to a bare minimum; in fact, if you look carefully you can see what is likely his, and only his, office light glimmering in Pyongyang.

North Koreans show their reverence for mother nature not with a mere Earth Hour but, rather, with an entire “Earth Lifetime.”

That’s true commitment!  Indeed, you might want to invite Mr. Kim to join your board.

Donald J. Boudreaux

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