Cracks in the façade of the mighty environmental industry machine, originating from a critical place – the inside

By Terry Etam
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.
This article appeared on the Public Energy Number One website at https://publicenergynumberone.com/2019/08/10/finally-cracks-in-the-facade-of-the-mighty-environmental-industry-machine-originating-from-a-critical-place-the-inside/

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