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Perhaps It’s Time That Fossil Fuel Industry Fights the Eco-Zealots

Perhaps It’s Time That Fossil Fuel Industry Fights the Eco-Zealots

The fossil fuel industry should take a page from Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins (R), who recently challenged an environmental lawyer.

I recently railed against the fossil fuel industry for having rolled over to climate change activism to the point California is planning to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars.

Frankly, the automobile and fossil fuel industry share part of the blame for this insane policy. For too long, they went along to get along, agreeing to jump through increasingly flaming hoops. Where are the ads defending carbon dioxide as a life-essential gas? Where are the visuals of the impact of lithium and rare earth mining operations?

The eco-zealots can never be appeased, and neither will their minions in the media. Case in point: UPI recently published a story smearing British Petroleum and the Ford Motor Company for donating millions to Princeton two decades ago “to tackle climate change” and focused on the 2021 complaints of the whiny liberals at Stanford University who were outrageously outraged.

The British Medical Journal report said that in 2000 British Petroleum and Ford Motor Company donated $20 million to Princeton to launch the first major program at an American university to tackle climate change. In 2020, according to the BMJ investigation, Princeton extended a funding partnership with ExxonMobil.

In 2021 Stanford University students sent a petition and letter to the university president protesting the fossil fuel industry funding for university research.

That letter argued that “accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry poses an inherent conflict of interest” and threatens researchers’ academic integrity.” The students said in the letter that Stanford has accepted tens of millions of dollars from fossil fuel companies since 2011 to fund university research.

Stanford grad student Ben Franta told the BMJ that fossil fuel company research funding is aimed at protecting the industry’s interests.

If the progressives can fund green research, then the gasoline companies should be able to support the development of technologies related to limiting emissions.

Instead, the fossil fuel industry should take a page from Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins (R), who challenged an environmental lawyer about how to replace the petroleum-derived products that make modern life possible.

“Everything you have — your clothes, your glasses, the car you got here on, your phone, the table you’re sitting at, the chair, the carpet under your feet — everything you’ve got is petrochemical products. What would you do with that? Tell the world!” Higgins told Salter, who is also a member of the New York State Climate Action Council, a state government-affiliated environmental body.

Salter responded by saying, “If I had that power, actually I don’t need that power, because what I would do is ask you, sir from Louisiana,” before Higgins interrupted.

The next 2½ minutes were marked by a tense back-and-forth in which Higgins and Salter attempted to speak over each other.

I will note that “searching your heart” will not create new materials nor generate energy.

I will also assert that Salter’s unhinged response shows that the “climate crisis” is faith-based rather than science-based.

The fossil fuel industry has a lot of material to work with in terms of demonstrating how toxic the “green technologies” are:

The list could go on, as it is a target-rich environment. The fossil fuel industry must stop playing nice with activists intent on destroying them.


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Way way past time.

smalltownoklahoman | September 19, 2022 at 9:35 pm

Indeed, if we are to have reliable power for ALL there needs to be hard pushback against these zealots. It’s going to be damn hard to get the public to care about the environment if the policies implemented to do that make the people miserable at the same time.

    The Road to Hell is paved with GREEN Intentions.

    “Green” Energy is Bad for the Planet.

      Dimsdale in reply to MattMusson. | September 20, 2022 at 7:21 am

      The road to rationality is paved with the heating oil/gas/electricity bills people will be paying as soon as it gets chilly out.

      I just paid over $2k to fill my two fuel oil tanks for the winter.. The weather will be brutal in more ways than one, this year.

      Pray for a wake up cold wave before election day.

        MattMusson in reply to Dimsdale. | September 20, 2022 at 8:00 am

        In 2014 – Team Obama asked the Banks to shift Oil and Gas lending to ‘Green’ energy companies and they did. Upstream O&G lending went from $90 Billion in 2015 to $44 Billion in 2021.

        After 6 years of underfunded drilling, we are short on gas and oil.

          MattMusson in reply to MattMusson. | September 20, 2022 at 8:02 am

          And underfunded drilling lead directly to the massive shortage of Fossil Fuel Fertilizer. Which will lead to a 3 to 5 year Global Famine starting in Africa, moving to Asia and then on to parts of Europe and S. America.

          When you hear that starvation has increase 5 fold across the planet, you will know why.

          All part of that “fundamental transformation” that nobody in the media was interested in.

      JackinSilverSpring in reply to MattMusson. | September 20, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Not green, but watermelons. Green on the outside, red on the inside.

I can only surmise that the people in leadership roles in the fossil fuel Industry are dirty cowards
They want to be welcomed at all the parties in DC and Hollywood, so they sell out their businesses and very industries And you and me…

Notice, the stupid bitch had no answer, so she tried to filibuster the answer.

IMO it is a well-financed cult and therefore dangerous. Note their total disinterest in nuclear energy in the USA, the obvious solution, not 1,000+ year old windmill technology.

Given food shortages and pricing, a lot more CO2 would be good to enhance crop growth, since it acts as Mother Nature’s fertilizer. Such might even reduce inflation faster than Brandon’s so-called Inflation Reduction Act.

    Dimsdale in reply to jb4. | September 20, 2022 at 7:26 am

    We’ll need it since Brandon and his heinous Nude Green Eel program pulled the rug out from under cheap, plentiful, oil based fertilizers.

    Considering all the crap coming out of DC, you’d think we could use that for fertilizer…

These people are so easy to defeat. I used to not understand why the pushback from our side was never swift and forceful. Then I realized many on “our” side aren’t on our side at all. Never heard of this Congressman until now, hope he is a long-term fighter.

Search your heart and soul for what you are doing to the black people of Louisiana? Her mind is vapid. I cannot stand these people they need to be shoved out of society.

A large problem with many zealots, is they won’t respond to logic and/or reason. They have goals and don’t care the sacrifices needed to reach them, especially when others are affected most.

Climate is quite possibly the most complex, intertwined physical process ever. No single scientist has the chops to disentangle it, and certainly no lawyer does in even the most trivial corner of it.

We have policy by politicians (failed lawyers) who have not the slightest understanding of the topic. Religious fervor is all they’ve got. God help us.

The “Big Oil” companies have been raking in tons of taxpayer money to “invest” in wind and solar for decades. In fact, they own most of them. It now represents up to half of their business in some cases. Just keep in mind how many Big Oil executives like Dick Cheney (CEO Halliburton) and Rex Tillerson (CEO Exxon Mobil) are part of the WEF/Davos crowd.

This used to be called “conspiracy theory” and I used to get hammered for pointing this out.

Killing black people? Zelden should have asked her to name a few who have been killed by petro chemicals.

    Edward in reply to kjon. | September 20, 2022 at 8:24 am

    While mentions of Lee Zeldin’s name might help in his campaign to be NY’s next Governor (good luck overcoming the innate reaction in NYC, when faced with a ballot or voting machine, to party line vote Socialist/Communist Party (SCP = Democrat).

    Representative Higgins is the Louisiana Representative asking the questions.

    Side note: Once she lost control, she couldn’t avoid bringing charges of racism into the issue. Typical of the Left.

The d/prog don’t like facts because it forces them into a debate constrained by logic. Instead they prefer amorphous feelings and emotions and appeals to our better nature. They have successfully overtaken control of several mainstream religious denominations and have added pseudo religious language to their repertoire.

Nine million people were told in the last few days to leave a region of Japan because of Typhoon Nanmadol, which just landed. Imagine a world in which this area relied on solar and wind energy, and the cars were powered with electric batteries. No one would be able to leave. Power would fail immediately. There would no be energy at all. Water could not be boiled or cleaned. Food would spoil. Emergency vehicles would not arrive. In fact, every single typhoon and, in our hemisphere, every single hurricane, would be an event from which large swaths of territory would never recover. Economies would be devastated. Many would die. The elites in Washington would be ok, of course.

Rep Higgins is 100% correct, it seems as if they want to go into a time machine back to the 1700’s yet live with todays technology and conveniences. Problem is that it is impossible to do so.
They have a cause with no solutions other than using fossil fuels is bad.

There is no need for the O&G industry to do a thing. Green zealotry costs are born by the consumer. If the green zealots in government cause problems, then capital is allocated in friendly jurisdictions to maintain ready reserves. XOM, et al is happy to transfer NA investment to Guyana, Africa, Asia, etc. They will maintain their production (and stock price) and it will be purchased. All you have to look at is this chart of global consumption.

If you want to see the world revert back to the Middle Ages (literally), just shut down diesel production (no trucks on the road, no groceries on the shelves). The Europeans are buying it as fast as they can right now, as a last resort, to keep the electricity turned on and supply their petrochemical industry (formerly used Russian gas). Hint: that’s why diesel prices are so high right now.