Is it just me, or does this sound like the sort of thing that Hollywood would put in the mouth of an unsophisticated rube standing in the way of progress?
“Our climate crisis is at such an advanced point that we can’t be developing new fossil fuel resources, especially in one of the wealthiest countries in the world that has the largest historical responsibility for causing climate change,” said nationally-known climate activist Tim DeChristopher, of Pawtucket. “All of our oil and gas needs to be kept in the ground and here in Rhode Island we’re going to make sure that happens.”
The logical fallacies and just plain thinking are bad enough. The stage of climate change is an independent variable from developing new fossil fuels. Indeed, at a certain point, it might be too late to stop calamity, meaning that the only way forward is rapid technological advancement powered by cheap fuel.
Similarly, the wealth of a nation has little bearing on its right to harvest fuel. Indeed, environmentalists should account for the probability that the United States will extract fuel in a relatively environmentally friendly way, and with its produce driving down the price of fossil fuels worldwide, there is less incentive for the world’s truly bad actors to join the market.
But punctuating all DeChristopher’s bad thinking is this Luddite notion that the fuel must stay in the ground. Does the superstitious bubba believe that Gaia will lash out in anger, like the goddess of nature in Disney’s Moana?