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How about Edison Day?

April 19, 2010 - Lee Smith

Earth Day 2010 is April 22. The only good thing about the day is that federal employees have not — yet — got themselves a holiday out of it.

For those enamored with the glories of Mother Earth, I offer a challenge: Go stand naked for a while on the African savannah, or in the Amazon jungle, or in International Falls mid-winter. Your weepy sentiments about Mother Earth will change rapidly.

We should not celebrate Earth Day. We should celebrate mankind's dominance over nature. Call it "Thomas Edison Day" or name it for some other great man who exercised his intellect to give you modern convenience. It is only because such intelligence has existed that nobodies can sit around today and plot ways to "save the Earth" at the expense of their fellow men's freedom and prosperity.

On Earth Day, I'm going to thank goodness not for rocks, trees and birds, but for carpenters, stone masons, engineers, mathematicians, inventors, industrialists, bankers, shippers, explorers, miners and manufacturers, among others, who have made the Earth habitable and comfortable for billions of people.


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