Forgotten Men and Women of Canadian Energy Industry Protest

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The forgotten men and women of the Canadian energy industry are mad as hell and not taking it anymore. They’re protesting in their trucks and it’s spreading.

Whenever I go to New York City, which is as seldom as possible, I drive. My vehicle is a Ford F-150 and, although it’s the most popular one in America, I stand out like a shiny red apple in a basket of lemons. At least that’s the analogy I favor, though some would suggest otherwise. If I wear on my western hat as well, you wouldn’t believe the looks I get, but I do notice they tend to get out of the way.

There are no pickup drivers in Manhattan, but there are not only pick-ups, but lots of other trucks where I live and where energy is made. They’re visible on every road and in large numbers.  Canada is one of those places and Canadians are using their trucks to make themselves even more visible in protest of insane energy policies.

This brings to mind a little controversy from early 2017, when this innocent question was posed on Twitter:

Canadian Energy Industry

The responses from “journalists” living within the bubbles of New York City and Washington was totally predictable and that was, of course, the point. Numerous bloviators of the fourth estate responded with condescending elitist snark intended to excuse their ignorance, deny the reality and demean pick-up drivers as Cretins who don’t count, figuratively and literally. It was hyper-arrogance on full display; a demonstration of how little our supposed betters know of rural life and how little they cared to know.

We’ve seen this every day from the fractivist side and the “journalists” who identify with them. They have forgotten the men and women who produce their food and generate their energy, if they ever even pretended to know them. It’s the same in Canada as in the United States, if not worse. The determination of Canadian elites to impose a carbon tax, delay pipelines and otherwise frustrate the oil and gas industry with the help of the same money financing U.S. fractivism is being summarily rejected by ordinary folks; the forgotten men and women of the Canadian energy industry.

Two videos from our friends at Pipeline News tell the story:

There was another huge truck protest in Grand Prairie as well:

Cory Yeik attended the Grande Prairie rally on Dec. 16. Idled from oilpatch work for much of the last three years, he just recently went back to work, near Grande Prairie. He also owns a clothing company fittingly called Rig Pig Apparel, catering to the drilling industry.

Yeik was “born and bred” in Weyburn, and now calls Lethbridge, Alta., home. Speaking to Pipeline News by phone on Dec. 17, he said, “After working 25 years in the industry, three years ago I could see this coming. It’s like the perfect storm. Everybody hoped it would get better, but here we are.

“We’ve got nothing to lose.”

He added, “It’s finally really good to see everybody starting to see the trickle-down effect in a country that got a large part of its economy from natural resources. Everyone is affected, from the top down.”

“It’s nice to see everyone standing together.”

Asked where he was, Yeik said, “I was in the convoy. I’ve got good friends that own trucks.”

It took an hour for the convoy to go around the city. It was so long, “The convoy touched its tail.”

In all his time working in the oilpatch, he said he had never seen anything like it.

“It really tugged at my heart really hard,” he said, noting he shot several videos, posted on Facebook, about the “phenomenal amount of trucks.”

“These rallies need to continue.”

Right on, Cory, right on. Make them hear you! Make them never forget.

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4 thoughts on “Forgotten Men and Women of Canadian Energy Industry Protest

  1. I have long pondered whether applying a ‘jujitsu’ approach to the anti hydrocarbon forces might have some effect.

    Using the ‘let a dog finally catch a car’ philosophy, if society could actually HELP urban Know Nothings, carbon haters and their allies, live with a reduced supply of this demonized form of energy, perhaps their perspective would change.

    Examples could be to voluntarily restrict gas/oil deliveries to NYC, Albany, and Ithaca to give our carbon loathing fellow citizens support in carrying out their preferred lifestyles.

    Maybe a 100% tax not on severance (or CO2 emissions) across the board, but simply targeting those who continuously express intense loathing towards this stuff.

    He’ping a brutha out, so to speak.

    Think this could get complete, bipartisan backing?

    I’d consider hopping into a polar bear costume and prancing about waving signs if’n it would help King Mario to live without natgas for a spell.

  2. Tom – I keep my 2001 Excursion, complete with “Oil” in my license tag. Living in CA, if you go 10 miles east of the coast – 150’s, Silverado’s, etc are everywhere. However, I have lost my rear view mirror three times parking in Santa Monica. When I go to SF for business, and take the freeways south of the City, 90% of the cars on the freeway are small, Prius types, and you should see the contempt looks I get (I also wear my cowboy hat and shades and have a big black dog to stare back). I suppose I like it as it pisses off all those kids and progs and they know I could use one of their Prius’ as a spare car under my chassis. When I am in the oil patch in Bako, it feels right at home…in fact it is really the same across the country when I travel back to TX. One day I will drive my beast down 1st Upper East Side or Columbus on the West Side just for kicks / looks. Sounds like fun, especially now that I know where to get replacement rear view mirrors! BTW, five years ago you couldn’t give an Excursion away, now they are hot out here again with $20k to $35k resale values now (cherry’ d out of course).

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