I won't finish that sentence, as my Mom always told me that if I had nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. And I like to think that I am a mostly kind and considerate person. But today, OMG, I cannot contain my disdain for the hypocritical behaviours being displayed by sooooo many people, nationally and globally.
I read an article published by CTV News this morning, entitled Norway's largest pension fund pulls out of Alberta oilsands, removes four Calgary-based companies. Here are a few excerpts out of the article:
Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) has removed Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy.
The fund, which administers more than $81 billion USD in assets, said a full exit from the oilsands is "great news" for environmentally friendly customers.
KLP CEO Sverre Thornes is proud of the decision. "By going coal and oilsands free, we are sending a strong message on the urgency of shifting from fossil to renewable energy."
Now I don't know about you, but I would think that the Chief Executive Officer of an organization with that type of bankroll must be relatively intelligent. I creeped him on LinkedIn, and his curriculum vitae is impressive indeed. Yet, I do have to question the smarts of a person who believes that cutting off fossil fuels is going to solve the world's environmental problems. Does this guy not know where 'renewable energy' comes from? Apparently he doesn't understand that fossil fuels play a major part in facilitating the utilization of 'renewable energy' sources such as sunlight, wind, tides, geothermal, etc.
What does he think solar panels are made of? Ummm, hello, that would be plastic. And how about the batteries that store said solar energy? Lithium. The carbon footprint of precious metals mining alone is questionable, as I doubt they are digging it out of the ground by hand or sending it by rowboat across the ocean.
What are wind turbines made of? He should check out the production and construction of one of those puppies, and tell me how it would happen without fossil fuels.... from the fabrication and molding of the thermoplastic for the blades to the conventional oil-lubricated gearbox to the jet-fuel powered helicopters to lift everything in place.... tsk....
Not to mention all of the materials which are required to build the transmission lines for this 'green power'! Does someone need to explain to him how metal smelters operate?
And the list goes on, and on, and on. I'm sure you get my drift.
Sadly, as of late the world seems to be full of people who are uneducated with respect to fossil fuels. They jump on random bandwagons and protest and beat on their chests about how oil and gas is the demise of the environment and we must stop climate change, all without having a clear, tangible plan of how to do so, but usually all with cell phones, gas-powered vehicles, natural-gas heated dwellings, synthetic clothing, etc. etc.
It is disappointing to say the least, and not that anyone cares, but I am unable to give my respect to hypocrites. And for the record, I am scratching Norway off of my list of places to go. Hykler!
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