Fossil fuel guilt

By Ray Dyerrayd

The sign looked as though it was made with a stencil and spray paint. It was stuck to a brick wall on the side of a building with duct tape and electrical tape. In big bold black letters it read: Divest From Fossil Fuels.

Welcome to Georgetown University. Welcome to the other America.

A group called “Campus Progress” is behind the effort to organize university students throughout the nation in an effort to make the country “more progressive.” The goal is to force universities to dump their investments in firms that are engaged in the production of energy made from fossil fuels, otherwise known as oil, gas and coal.

The Georgetown Voice, one of two student-produced newspapers on campus, is “made possible” in part through support of Campus Progress. You can learn more about this group at www.campusprogress.org. Among the main speakers at their upcoming national conference will be Nancy Pelosi.

One of the hot issues for the Georgetown Voice and Campus Progress is of course global warming.

It struck me as kind of funny that petroleum-based materials were used to make the Georgetown sign, as well as the Georgetown Voice,  kind of odd, like when protesters demanding peace turn violent.

I saw this sign a few weeks ago when I was in Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life. Some 500,000 people took part in this pro-life effort. Coverage of the march didn’t make it into the pages of the Georgetown Voice. I think it did make it into the Hoya, the official school newspaper.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, thousands of people are expected to gather in the same place as the March for Life, The National Mall, only this time they will be demanding an end to global warming, which of course means doing away with fossil fuels as a form of energy. I would imagine we will see extensive news coverage of this event, billed as Forward on Climate.

How much fossil fuel do you suppose will be burned into the atmosphere to get these people to the climate rally on time.  Any self-respecting environmentalist, one would think, would tweet or text in their protest rather than risk causing more harm to the planet by burning fossil fuels. Just a suggestion.

Oh, and by the way, congratulations to Calumet for last week passing a roughly $6 million school bond issue.

Calumet, like El Reno and much of Oklahoma, is enjoying the economic benefits created by America’s energy industry, which of course is based mainly on fossil fuels.

I don’t know about you, but I would consider this progress. Maybe I should have tweeted these thoughts. Darn fossil fuel guilt.

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