Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Earth Day — Utah Style

On April 22nd — while most Americans are wallowing in the feelgood socialism of Earth Day — some lucky school children in Utah will be celebrating Fossil Fuel Day.

The theme of last year’s celebration was “How Do YOU Use Oil, Gas and Mining?”  This year’s theme will be “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas and Mining?”

As you may have guessed, these Fossil Fuel Day celebrations are financed by a Who’s Who of fossil fuel interests.  Sponsors include:  the Salt Lake Petroleum Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers; the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining; Arch Coal; Anadarko Petroleum; and Kennecott Utah Copper.

Fossil Fuel Day is a poster contest, and any child in Utah between Kindergarten and sixth grade can participate.  The purpose of this contest is “to improve students’ and the public’s awareness of the important role that oil, gas, and mining play in our everyday lives.”

In addition to the above-named oil/gas/mining conglomerates, Utah has some high-ranking politicians who think climate change is a hoax.  Utah Congressman Chris Stewart (“Global warming?  It‘s just God hugging us closer“) is a subcommittee chairman on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Three years ago, the Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution denying the existence of climate change.

And here is a picture of the Utah State Flag.

Those poor Utah students.  They might have to go to school twice as long as everybody else.  It’ll take them twelve years just to un-learn everything the oil and mining companies have taught them.



Anonymous Jess said...

I'll use the southern, bless their hearts and nothing else is needed.

March 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I guess that's about all we can do in cases like this.

March 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of growing up in the 60's and we got a lot of Industry films disguised as Education Films in School. We eventually saw threw them perhaps because Vietnam came around and we were then taught to question everything!

Today's kids have the internet and more information at their hands.


March 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger okjimm said...

ohohoh....and in Utah, if you write a good essay supporting Fossil Fuels... you can win some magic underwear .... courtesy of a neo-fossil religion.


...boy, and just when I think living here is weird.

March 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I remember "educational" films like that way back when. It seemed normal, neutral, back then, but looking back, it's obvious these films had somebody's spin on them.

There's more information out there now than ever, but I'm not sure people have enough critical thinking skills to filter out all the bullshit.

okjimm: Oh boy, magic underwear. That does it, I'm entering the essay contest.

March 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

There's an old expression for this. It's called "spreading the old oil." :)

March 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I haven't heard that exact expression, but I've got a pretty good visual.

March 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM  

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