If you watch a bit of television, you may have seen commercials that promote sources of power that are vital to the American way of life. Such as coal, natural gas and the grandaddy of them all – oil. The shpeel touts the wonderful amount of jobs the industries could create if only the dagnabbit gumment would repeal many environmental regulations that have contributed to clean water, air and land over the past four decades.
For example – an ad by the American Petroleum Institute claims how wonderful it is “the deeper you go the more you learn about…” how much Bullshit I’m trying to sell you. Oh, and there is the one, oh, God, its so funny! I can’t stop laughing! Make it stop! The one where the voice-over dude is spewing claims about the state of the art monitoring equipment the fucking fracking industry uses to test water quality. What a killer! I get a stitch in my side every time I hear that. Whew!
So, with all of these spots designed to misinform the public I ask where is the push back from the real “clean” energy industry? I don’t see it. Groups like the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Solar Energy Society, to name a few, must team up with the National Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club plus others to place ads across all media to be the counter to the pablum puke. The dirty, fossil fuel industry, in my view, is scared and desperate because why would they launch into a campaign of deception if not? Oil dupes the public (Chevron thinks your fucking stupid), coal lies (coal is clean) and natural gas fudges data.
Paul Atredies of Dune said, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.” The dirty fuel industry wants people to be afraid because fearful people are easily manipulated. Scared people of America! I implore you to wake the fuck up! Take to heart the rest of Usul’s quote – “I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear’s path, and only I will remain.”