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.
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 15, 2022
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 dramatic reduction in golden eagle populations due to wind turbines.
- The devastating impact of lithium mines on the local environment.
- Blackouts caused by adherence to “climate change” policies.
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.DONATE
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