FINALLY! Cracks in the façade of the mighty environmental industry machine, originating from a critical place – the inside
Being involved in the energy industry, in particular Canada’s petroleum industry, I’ve become accustomed to feeling as though I’ve been in a car crash, and instead of paramedics showing up the only visitors are climate activists who find wounds and pour salt in them. The industry is under siege, no matter how much the world continues to require the output. Modern climate activists are absolutely and perfectly and remarkably unable to detect their own overpowering scent of both irony and hypocrisy.
Purveyors of petroleum products have been waiting semi-patiently for the world to snap out of its hypnosis, to realize that the demands of climate activists (and many politicians) to immediately get off fossil fuels is a doomsday scenario for billions of people, at a massive cost, and for a cause that can be addressed in other ways. The gulf in energy literacy between those who provide it and those who use it is staggering though, and no amount of fact-based commentary seems able to penetrate the wall of fear and rhetoric that the likes of Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, Stand.Earth, and 350.org have built.
For a very long time, it has seemed that the only way out of the wilderness was for someone inside those camps to begin to grasp reality. Lo and behold, it is actually happening.
Filmmaker Michael Moore, described as a left-wing political activist and critic of capitalism (he expresses disdain for the phrase “political activist” though), decided to look into the world of alternative energy. His overarching question was: if alternative energy is so great and so easy, why aren’t things getting better on the climate change front?
To his immense credit, no matter what one thinks of his other political stances, Moore did not shy away from the reality that he found, that, as the producer put it “It was kind of crushing to discover that the things I believed in weren’t real, first of all, and then to discover not only are the solar panels and wind turbines not going to save us…… but (also) that there is this whole dark side of the corporate money …”
Moore bravely drives a stake into what are described as “the false promises of the environmental movement.” He challenged head on the biggest names in the climate activist scene (such as Bill McKibben), and came up shockingly disappointed with their responses. Moore also looks into why we are so addicted to fossil fuels, and while that aspect may not be complimentary, the whole project at least brings an absolutely critical reset to the entire commentary. In fact, such profoundly loony proposals like the Green New Deal must wither under this spotlight, if for no other reason than the critique comes from someone firmly inside the left-wing tent. No similar analysis/critique from anyone remotely associated with the fossil fuel industry would ever get anything like the attention that Moore will get. In fact, Moore describes feeling trepidation before the initial screening at a film festival, expecting perhaps 50-50 support, but was surprised to find that the film garnered a standing ovation from a crowd that included members of the Sierra Club.
This is an important milestone, folks. The world needs to see these cracks in the façade of the environmental movement before any constructive progress can be made. Their armour is so strong that the challenges had to come from within. It has begun.
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The brick wall may be that governments have found a cash-cow in Climate Change and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be willing to let it go.
For example, back in mid-2008, the then government of British Columbia (Canada) issued a document called “Climate Action Plan”. The then premier of the province and one of his cabinet ministers were pictured in the document.
They were smiling.
Just afterwards, BC instituted a “carbon” tax on domestic natural gas. Today that tax is 128% of the natural gas usage.
Electricity rates starting rising with a two-tier rate mechanism put in place. Electricity rates have risen substantially since then.
BC needs that money desperately because the price of natural gas has collapsed.
The Climate Change Ideology may crumble but the tax collection will continue until Canadians push back.
I’m not surprised Gary. Just as the Marijuana legalization crowd will learn, when the Government camel gets it’s nose under the tent, there’s no going back. This is Corporatism at it’s worst and pushes prices up for the average wage earner. Ask the Germans today how they feel about Merkel’s decision to do away with Nuclear power.
It’s shame Moore’s wakeup call will be ignored. McKibben beats him.
It would be useful to have a link to Mr. Moore’s own words. In these days of “fake news”, I no longer trust anything I read unless I can find the original…
Great point! I agree. I could not find one, just the AP article that quoted the producer. I also wanted to see the movie first, but i fear that it might not get very far – there is a massive industry that will be trying to quash his massage.
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