From the C-Suites to the Media, When It Comes to Energy, We Need More Balance, Less Fear
IMPERIAL, Pennsylvania -- In the last 22 years, protecting and caring for the planet has gone from a "we're all in this together" part of our culture to a political wedge issue. And it isn't just your average pedestrian wedge issue that surges and wanes with each election cycle. No, this one is volatile, vengeful and all-consuming.
We were once a country that worked together in cleaning up pollution and using technological and scientific developments to produce energy cleaner and safer. But a lurch leftward has turned environmentalism into a one-sided virtual religion from which no deviation is permitted. Anyone who disagrees is instantly labeled a bigot or otherwise irredeemable person.
How irredeemable? Well, on Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore connected the dots between deniers of an apocalyptic climate crisis and the police officers in Uvalde, Texas, who let 21 schoolchildren and teachers be gunned down in their classrooms.
"The climate deniers are really, in some ways, similar to all of those almost 400 law enforcement officers in Uvalde, Texas, who were waiting outside an unlocked door while the children were being massacred," Gore said on NBC News.
His over-the-top fear tactics and demonization have been effective for two decades now. The children he first filled with fear in 2002 are now parents casting fear into their own children. This past weekend, the "climate families of New York City" marched in front of White House chief of staff Ron Klain's home with their small children, demanding that he tell President Joe Biden we are in a "climate crisis."
The children, dressed as firemen, carried signs with the planet on fire, which read: "We are out of time," "Stop licensing fossil fuels" and "Expand the Supreme Court."
One day later, a group of young Democratic House staffers were arrested after protesting in the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate majority leader of their own party.
For those of you who rely on politicians and the media, for much of the past 20 years, you have been trained to believe that climate change is the end of the world. Nearly every aspect of our culture that touches your life has echoed that dire warning: corporations, institutions, government, academia, Hollywood and social media have all had a hand in it. From the coffee you drink to the school supplies you buy for your children, you can't escape the message that fossil fuels are killing us, turning our planet into a blazing inferno.
The problem with this avalanche of opinion is the failure to educate ourselves and our children on the other side of the story in a meaningful way.
When I was a child, our teachers took us on a tour of a nuclear plant. They also took us on a tour of where they made Heinz ketchup and Wonder Bread, and a coal mine. They didn't try to indoctrinate us, they just showed us the world.