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Greens vote to boycott oil companies

By Alan Caruba
web posted May 14, 2001

On April 23rd, the Global Greens 2001 Conference, meeting in Canberra, Australia and composed of representatives from more than 70 nations, endorsed a boycott of Exxon-Mobil, Texaco, and Chevron corporations "due to their activities on global warming issues."

"The goal of the boycott is to pressure President Bush to rejoin the Kyoto Treaty and begin implementing steps in the United States to reverse global warming", said a communique from the Association of State Green Parties.

Never mind that their hero, Bill Clinton, never sent the treaty to the Senate for a vote during his eight years in office. Or that the Senate had unanimously approved a resolution saying it would never ratify the treaty.

The Greens, of course, are totally opposed to the drilling for new supplies of oil in "Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and other environmentally sensitive areas." One can safely assume that your backyard is an environmentally sensitive area as well.

One can also assume that, as the price of a gallon of gasoline hits $3 this summer, a lot of Americans are going to be thinking long and hard about the ways the Green agenda has sought to thwart every effort to increase the supply of gas and oil. It is not the fault of the oil companies. They are in business to provide it. It isn't even the fault of OPEC nations. They are in business to sell it. It is, however, totally consistent with the opposition to the use of this "fossil fuel" that has been a central, abiding issue among Greens.

The mantra of the Greens is that "The US with four percent of the world's population uses about 25 percent of the world's energy resources." Well, sure we do! That's because the United States is a dynamo producing more food to feed ours and the world's population, more innovative technology to increase and improve communications, transportation, new medical techniques and pharmaceuticals, and a host of other life-enhancing devices than the imagination can grasp.

Americans work together as a team and we generally compete more effectively than everyone else. We are a people on the move, not a people who break for a siesta or who take three-hour lunches in a Paris bistro to discuss Marxist theory. In our spare time, we volunteer our time and our money to every worthy cause you can name. And we do this while our government taxes nearly half of our earnings.

These deluded Luddites are, presumably, now not filling up their car's gas tanks with the products of these three oil companies, adding their oil to their car engines, nor heating their homes or offices with the oil they refine.

"This boycott shall continue until the United States Government takes substantial and concrete steps towards both the dramatic reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions and Global Treaties to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically lowered."

Has anyone told these idiots that a major greenhouse gas is water vapor?

The problem with the Greens is not just that they are deliberately stupid, but that their posturing and programs would harm the lone bastion of liberty in the world. As to the representatives of the other 70+ nations attending the Global Greens 2001 Conference, their boycott no doubt did not include the jet fuel used to fly them back home. The Greens who grandly announced this boycott are hypocrites.

You can thank the Greens for the energy crisis being experienced in California and which might spread to other US States.

They have fought every effort to explore for and extract new sources of oil.

They have opposed the construction of new refineries and new pipelines.

They have opposed the construction of new plants to generate electrical energy.

They have advocated the destruction of dams that generate hydroelectricity.

They have opposed the construction of new transmission lines.

They have thwarted the development of new coal mining operations.

They have opposed the building of new nuclear energy facilities.

We used to call these people "Reds". Now we call them "Greens".

Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinginghouse for information about scare campaigns to influence public opinion and policy. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.anxietycenter.com. © Alan Caruba, 2001.

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