I don’t make a habit of listening to other people’s conversations when flying, but this particular discussion was pretty hard to ignore, considering it was so loud you couldn’t concentrate on anything else.
A young, male college student was having a conversation with a young mother who had her infant in her lap. They talked about random family and baby things, then the college student asked the young mother what her husband did for a living. When she told him he had a fracking business, the college student proceeded to shame her for having a hand in the destruction of the environment at the altar of profit. It is a shame you see to provide for your wife and newborn baby when it harms the planet.
Fracking was bad. The Keystone pipeline was bad. Dams were bad. Basically anything other than green energy was bad.
As the conversation unfolded, I found myself fantasizing about what I would say to the young, male college student, given the opportunity to do so. Here is what I developed:
Let me ask you a few questions if you don’t mind…
With or without a pipeline, the oil from Canada is being transported. Do you know how it is being transported?
Do you know what railroad is used?
Burlington Northern Southern Freight
Do you know what entity owns Burlington Northern?
Do you know what very rich man is at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway?
Do you know what political party Warren Buffet supports?
The Democrat party.
And what party is obstructing construction of the Keystone pipeline?
The Democrat party.
And isn’t that interesting how a very rich man supports the party that is making sure the oil from Canada is transported on his railroad?
Now, I want you to do some research. I want you to research which mode of transportation is more environmentally friendly, rail or pipe. And when you find that pipe is more environmentally friendly, I want you to ask yourself why the Democrat party is obstructing a more environmentally friendly pipeline. Could it be that obstruction is in the interest of one of their most wealthy supporters? Isn’t that interesting?
And before you go off and say we shouldn’t be using oil at all. I have some more questions for you:
The blades on a windmill are made from resins and fibers. Do you know what raw material is used to make those resins and fibers?
The generator in a windmill uses all kinds of lubrication and fancy things made from rare earth minerals. Do you know what raw material is used to make that lubrication?
Do you know what powers the machines that dig up and transport the rare earth minerals?
Windmills are painted a nice, bland shade of gray. Do you know what raw material is used to make that paint?
So as you continue your journey westward on this giant, oil burning airplane, you have a lot to think about don’t you?