Regardless of the facts, those who are in opposition to gas refuse to believe that it can provide any good – unless it has electrolytes.
Some days I feel as if I had been put in a cryogenic chamber and have wakened up 500 years in the future like Luke Wilson in the movie Idiocracy. I feel as if the truth is right there in our face, yet some of us are too ignorant to realize it.
For those who are not familiar with the movie, Luke Wilson is the most average guy in the Army. Luke was selected for a suspended animation experiment; he comes to 500 years in the future where everyone is dumb. They are so dumb, that he is the smartest guy alive as he helps them grow plants without using sports drinks.
This is how I feel every time I read something by an anti-gas activist. Instead of rational discussions based on real data, they just continue to use the same fear mongering tactics they always use. A recent post on the Guardian is no exception. In fact, the piece nearly irritated me.
The author, George Monbiot, an author and conspiracy theorist who offers awards to those who can make a citizens arrest of Tony Blair, is the definition of smug. His post, “No fracking, drilling or digging: it’s the only way to save life on Earth” is nothing more than another “Keep it in the Ground” call to action from the Moonbat side of the world. Monbiot the Moonbat calls for all fossil fuels to remain in the ground or else we will certainly all die.
Based on the Paris Agreement, he argues the 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature is completely unavoidable with the use of any fossil fuel. He says “burning the oil, gas and coal in the fields and mines that is already either in production or being developed, is likely to take the global temperature rise beyond 2C. And, even if all coal mining were to be shut down today, the oil and gas lined up so far would take it past 1.5C.” With a quick sleight of the hand, he points to a report by Oil Change International as the basis of his facts, then immediately masks it, as if this was an industry report, by saying, “Using the industry’s own figures.” Those who take information at face value probably never noticed, but the report is sponsored by the usual suspect fractivists: 350.org, Earthworks, et al.
The idiocracy of this idea is multi-tiered. You cannot rid the world of any conventional fuel source overnight, not only because the infrastructure of the entire world is at play, but also because there is nothing viable to take it’s place. Leo DiCaprio was recently schooled on this point about the real world by none other than President Obama.
Understanding the second flawed aspect of this idiocracy requires some to read something other than Mother Jones. Natural gas is the single biggest reason CO2 emissions are decreasing. By nearly 20 to 1, natural gas is outperforming renewables in addressing CO2 emissions reductions. From the moment of fracking to the moment the gas heats our home, gas is cheaper, safer, and more reliable than any other form of fuel.
The third aspect of this dangerous idiocracy has to do with the rest of the world. The United States is blessed to have the gas reserves that we do. Not too many countries have this option, but we are here to help. Just as we shipped our LNG to Brazil and soon thereafter went worldwide, natural gas gives resource-lacking countries an ability to change as well and still grow.
They can now implement electric plants, gas lines, and infrastructure to facilitate clean gas without overhauling their lives to accommodate impractical international regulations. Imagine how soon this 2 degree threshold would lose bearing if more 2nd and 3rd world countries went from coal to gas. Imagine, too, if their governments were asked to provide subsidies for SolarCity. It wouldn’t happen.
“It’s got electrolytes” is the catchphrase of the Idiocracy movie when they try to explain why they have been using a sports drink (“Brawndo”) on their crops. They completely stopped thinking about whether it was good or not; they just did it because “everything needs electrolytes.” The same thing is happening with fractivists. They’re trying way too hard to fight against with facts, just repeating their own talking points about their own Brando. Fractivism is the new Brawndo, in fact. Hopefully, one day, they can think for themselves and we won’t see any more of this: