It used to be that the most important conversation to have with your children was the birds and the bees.
However, that topic has been far surpassed by the wolves and the sheep.
Sheep are so darn cute and fuzzy, but they are not very smart (the attached video link should serve as irrefutable evidence on this point), and are therefore easy prey.
Wolves are cunning and vicious. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother were no match for the Big Bad Wolf, and neither are sheep.
Now, I do not want your children to become wolves or sheep. But they need to understand the cagey canines in order to avoid falling prey like literally entrenched sheep.
It is no secret that the anti-oil/gas movement has largely been orchestrated by nasty wolves playing the long game. These predators funded “environmental” groups, so that they could lobby against and organize protests against the oil and gas industry.
The oil patch is certainly not devoid of naughty wolves, but well-informed humans generally understand that the industry does much more good than bad on this planet when wars are not being waged over oil. Fossil fuels are almost magical in their ability to generate power as BIG Media contributor Oliver Kuhn explains in Energy fundamentals – an essential element of the transition discussion.
There are so many sheep who fly and drive to their anti-oil protests in fossil-fuel-guzzling vehicles, wearing clothing made with petroleum products, and sleeping in hotel rooms made comfortable with natural gas. These protesters often do not have the foggiest that they are hypocritical sheep being led to long-term slaughter.
Political sheep get caught up in signalling virtue and help enact terrible policies purported to be leading the way to a greener future amid an “existential climate crisis”. Yes, humans need to get better at reducing toxic emissions, but the “climate catastrophe” is a construct that deceives billions of sheep in order to enrich a handful of wolves. It is a complex issue, and these stories by BIG Media scientific strategist Laurie Weston give you important context: Climate change and energy: context for the great debate and Putting global emissions in perspective.
Regardless of who is to blame, we find ourselves in a terrible predicament in which western “powers” are unable to truly stand up to the Russians in their invasion of Ukraine Shell makes ‘difficult decision’ to buy Russian oil because they gave away their energy security, and are overly reliant on Russian oil and gas. Doctor of geology and educator Brad Hayes helps us understand how we arrived at this place in Policies that took energy security for granted have put much of the world in a tough spot.
If we do not have this critical discussion with our children, it is likely that they will grow to become sheep whose shepherds are ill-intentioned wolves capable of swallowing them whole.