Unfortunately, I fear that slap won’t register properly with enough people in the status quo, those who cling to oil and more oil as if it’s the only way forward.
During a commercial break from MSNBC’s coverage of the final night of the Democratic National Convention held in Denver, the American Petroleum Institute, the trade organization for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry, ran a spot touting domestic oil and gas reserves that Democrats are keeping us Americans from reaching.
They said there’s enough resources to fuel 60 million cars and 160 million homes for 60 years.
They highlighted in Dubya-style threat-level-red the zones along our east and west coasts, the areas just ripe with savory offshore energy deposits that the holy Republicans would just love love love to hand over to the public, if it weren’t for those mean greenies and liberals and anti-American Americans.
Domestic Oil Leads to Environmental Protection?
Oh, and by the way…psst…We need it and could get to it, and we could protect the environment…the spokeswoman says.
Ahh, yes. Those magic words: protect the environment.
Well, then, it’s all better — if you are one of those who didn’t notice the backhand across the jaw that came with such a demeaning commercial message.
How is the oil and gas industry going to protect the environment, might one wonder if s/he was inclined to feel that sting of arrogant oil industry knuckles across the face?
Well, the commercial doesn’t mention that. The sentiment disappeared as suddenly as it came. It was merely a brisk sentence to check the box…
Oil is good. Check.
Plenty of it. Check.
Create fear so the ignorant will follow. Check.
Mention the word "environment." Check.
Oil is good…is good…is good. (Just close your eyes, go to sleep and trust us…..shhhhhh.)
Another Commercial — Starring T. Boone Pickens
Oh, look. It’s T. Boone Pickens. Famous gazillionaire oil man-turned-wind power impresario, back on the telly to mention there is at least one other source of energy besides oil.
Sure, he made his wealth off of the dirty ooze. And sure, he’s probably only into the wind business because he aims to make billions until his dying day. I don’t say he’s a great guy, or not a great guy, for his turn to wind power.
But how odd that this oil man has turned to the future with wind — and all of his cronies are still staring into the rearview mirror as they drive straight to the cliff’s edge.
I know, it’s business, strictly (dirty, lying, conniving, misleading, fear-mongering) business.
Photo: Adam Williams