Etam: Where the Wild Things Are – Exposure To “The Doing Class” Will Solve the Global Energy Crisis


 Terry Etam

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.” Lao Tzu

Education or propaganda?

Information or strategic communications?

Clarity or wishful thinking?

Quick Dick McDick or Gerald Butts?

Homer Simpson or Al Gore?

What is the purpose of raising a voice in the public square? To influence ideas? Support the troops? Bend policy? Entertain? Boost morale? Vanity?

Bad actors cheat, in a sense – they manipulate the microphones, control the loudest ones, render others ineffective. They take control of the airwaves and flood the message boards with feeling. Fear always works. Always. They create villains, the stereotypical bad guy, an icon around which to concentrate anger and feelings of injustice.

That tactic is not new, but it’s not equal. Anger can be channeled to work wonders, to force positive change, to get rid of corruption and incompetence. Anger can flush away apathy and is not always bad.

But beware the loud voices which dominate in search of control. They want people to do this or stop doing that in order to achieve some desired state. Desired by who and why are questions of paramount importance, yet hard to clarify, because the actors are not always open about true aims.

The voices in the public square used to be limited. Not everyone could shout at the same time. No one would be heard.

Now everyone shouts all the time, digitally speaking. And politics has taken over, which means appeals not to reason or facts or tangibles, but to feelings and ideology and control.

What should you listen to? And why would you listen to me even if I told you? People used to say opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. Wrong. Everyone has fifty thousand of them.

Is there anyone worth listening to? 

I think there is. There are ways to declutter the nonsense, to find the signal in the noise.

The first path is to listen to those connected to reality. Now, you might think that is a challenge, and it can be, depending on whose reality one listens to. That’s the problem with concepts like climate change, whereby a scientific phenomenon can be possibly observed/measured with the caveats that the system under study is complex beyond belief, or it can be “used” as a tool for social engineering, a situation in which objectivity goes out the window and the conversation disintegrates into political theatre. 

Fortunately for those of us in the energy industry, the evidence is laid out rather well. There is no ideological axe-grinding involved in a declaration like: We are running out of fuel.

We are running out of fuel. Metaphorically, we have sold off the furnace because the local shopkeeper said a vastly better model would be here before winter, cheaper and cleaner.

He was wrong. The new furnace is not simply on back order; it is still in the design phase back in a lab. And winter is here soon.

Non-metaphorically, here’s the statement a bit more eloquently, from the head of Saudi Aramco: ““When historians reflect on this crisis, they will see that the warning signs in global energy policies were flashing red for almost a decade. Many of us have been insisting for years that if investments in oil and gas continued to fall, global supply growth would lag behind demand, impacting markets, the global economy, and people’s lives… Meanwhile, the energy transition plan has been undermined by unrealistic scenarios and flawed assumptions because they have been mistakenly perceived as facts…Perhaps most damaging of all was the idea that contingency planning could be safely ignored. Because when you shame oil and gas investors, dismantle oil- and coal-fired power plants, fail to diversify energy supplies (especially gas), oppose LNG receiving terminals, and reject nuclear power, your transition plan had better be right.”

Many have been saying this for years in voices that could not compete – no one worries about the furnace in the heat of summer, not when the cacophony warns of everything else but.

Winter is almost here. The pariah in the corner, the slandered one, the once powerful, the strong back that carried all the food to market, who still does, is telling you: we are running out of fuel. The pariah is saying he will not be bringing much food to market either, he has been ordered to retire. Those who would replace claim no need of strength to carry, they have spent summer on a new short cut. The experienced one, destined for retirement, says it will not work in winter.

He is saying no one is available to carry the load once he is gone.

No one listens. Yesterday’s fool. Obsolete, out of touch, dirty. Our way will work. Go away. The world listened to that message, for too long, and now there is trouble so epic in proportion we can’t imagine it.

Who to listen to? 

Find reality for yourself. It is possible.

You don’t have to travel great distances across rural regions to get a feel for reality (although it is a great way to do it, contemplatively speaking). You can travel to the “other side” of a city, see where things are constructed, repaired, bought, sold. You will see armies of humans doing things, all the little things we don’t even know exist yet keep our worlds running. 

Dave Yager wrote a fantastic column the other week, about a road trip from Calgary to Lloydminster. He catalogued the wonders visible along the backroads of a six hour journey across some real Canadian heartland: countless farms, small towns, small businesses, energy infrastructure, great open spaces that are both empty and filled with vast abundances that most the world would kill for. Time and space to make one think, and appreciate.

It is a view that if we can’t have we should at least contemplate the relevance of. All our stuff comes from somewhere, is made by someone, using energy and labour and raw materials that need to be brought together in a very specific way. 

Maybe you don’t feel like traipsing around the landscape in search of hard truths versus theoretical maybes. There are ways. Instead of reading articles from, say, Stanford University professors about how they’ve modelled a realistic pathway to net-zero-whenever-you-like, try reading mining journals, and conference call transcripts from global mining giants, and follow metallurgical experts on social media. 

Instead of reading WEF/UN/whomever articles about how bugs aren’t really that bad and that modern agriculture is terrible for the environment, read The Western Producer or follow soil agronomists or dare I say it even grain traders, all of whom make a living from the actual food chain itself.

Instead of listening to braying energy transition peripherals talk about how the oil and gas industry is a sunset industry but until it dies it isn’t doing enough to reduce emissions, try reading… the BOE Report (!), and other energy publications, and check out oil/gas producer websites and go to their sustainability sections. Every single company has one, and the developments underway are massive. In fact, new energy developments are being held back by the very governments that are insisting on rapid change because those same governments don’t understand the requirements of actually doing something. Barking out random demands like “reduce national emissions by 40 percent by x date” is the opposite of helpful; such slogans empower the laptop class’s thinking modes and yet have zero effect on the stone cold realities of building things.

Talking to “the people that do” is eye-opening. They will have perspectives that just can’t be learned otherwise (and obviously the converse is also true – the front-line people are often not aware of the perspectives of the “back office” et al; but the relationship is not equivalent. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself who you want in a bunker with you when as your dad warned you the entire world goes to hell (via Putin or otherwise) – a person that can do anything with their hands, or the person that deals with Wall Street).

In the laptop-class world of modelling, every variable is reduced to a cell. Supply chain challenges are met with “Hmmm, maybe I should put 0.97 into the supply downtime cell rather than 0.98… that oughta do it.” For the people that actually do stuff, a parts shortage can destroy a business, or a shipment, or a reputation. Theorists don’t understand logistical nightmares or impossibilities; only those that live them know what they mean.

It’s easy to lose sight of that, particularly in the social/mainstream media jungle. To borrow a phrase from the immortal Seinfeld, we are breathing in daily, in endless quantities, the Airing of the Grievances. 

But there is hope, and there is positivity. Find channels that talk about doing things, real things that aren’t contingent on some government fantasy. Read about people who are actually making something happen as real businesses – not via artificial government-derived markets, and listen to their challenges.

You will encounter a human can-do spirit that will make your mood not sore, but soar.

Recent studies indicate some people have not bought this book yet. That might explain a lot of the chaos. Pick up  “The End of Fossil Fuel Insanity” at, or It’s not too late. Thanks for the support. And hang in there Ukraine! The world is cheering you on.

Read more insightful analysis from Terry Etam here, or email Terry here.

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October 7, 2022 2:33 am

I can only speak to the English class problem, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that there may be parallels in the US, too.

Exposure To “The Doing Class”

What we call the working class? My god! How they are hated now. The middle and upper classes (Amazon delivery receivers) rarely come into contact with the lower orders, but when they do…

“Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have been arrested just three days into their two-week demonstration. The group has caused havoc across London, with one Twitter user sharing footage of traffic jams caused by the blockade staged by the group on Lambeth Bridge. A follow-up tweet explains how the ambulance “had to completely U-turn and drive back away from the way to the hospital.

“Extinction Rebellion continue to block the bridge with glee.”

The result is predictable. Why?

Brexit caused by low levels of education, study finds

A slight increase in higher education could have kept Britain in the EU

…had just 3 per cent more of the population gone to university, the UK would probably not be leaving the EU.”

Can you believe that?! Nevermind democracy and the will of the demos. There’s the new class divide – woke academia and the racist, sexist, transphobic dross. The proles cannot be trusted to vote the right way, or to save the planet for that matter.

That’s where the nanny state comes in…

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Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 4:20 am

Brexit caused by low levels of education, study finds

Absolutely true, but there’s a gotcha.

The gotcha is the underlying assumption that education is an unmitigated good, and more education is better. That’s not true.

President Obama commented that people learning a trade would get jobs and presented that as a viable alternative to a four year degree. If I recall correctly, some university English Prof. objected, saying that her students learned to do amazing analysis based on scant evidence.

What the prof. was confessing to, even if she didn’t realize it, is that she was teaching her students to make up amazing bs from whole cloth. (I can’t find the link.)

Modern education is all about indoctrinating people to trust theory over reality. The resulting disconnect from reality closely mimics schizophrenia. link

Defund the universities.

Reply to  commieBob
October 7, 2022 4:40 am

“Absolutely true, “

Really? I note no mention in your reply of democracy, you do know how the EU works, right? It disenfranchises.

Purge the universities.

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Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 5:17 am

Education, as it is currently practiced, teaches us to ignore the bleeding obvious. Theory over reality.

Obviously, more education, of the modern sort, will train people to trust the theory and the eurocrats more than they trust evidence and democracy.

Student: Master, how is it that you see the obvious?

Master: How is it that you do not?


Reply to  commieBob
October 7, 2022 5:22 am

Education, as it is currently practiced, teaches that children are in the wrong body. That whiteness is original sin. That non white people are victims (graded by colour etc)

Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 11:57 am

I got the impression that CommieBob wasn’t saying “smart people oppose Brexit” but “over-educated, underemployed humanities and social sciences graduates are very gullible to the united states of Europe concept and ignorant of its overcentralized and undemocratic setup”

Reply to  PCman999
October 7, 2022 2:39 pm

Yep. For them, overcentralized and undemocratic aren’t problems. They wouldn’t think of fixing the pollution control system on their car but they think they know how to run society, which is way more complicated.

What should be taught in history class, but isn’t, is why the Soviet Union collapsed. Also, why the Ukrainians are kicking the derriere of the Russians. Top down control is a recipe for disaster.

When the Russians tried to take Kviv, no Ukrainians needed to be told what to do. They even had kids with drones doing artillery spotting. Anyone who wants to understand what happened should read the Time Magazine story on Ukrainian General Valeriy Zaluzhny.

Society works best when individuals are given their proper importance and respect. Collectivization is for losers.

Reply to  commieBob
October 7, 2022 5:32 am

Modern education is all about indoctrinating people to trust theory over reality.”

Ah, yes, the Non-Reciprocal Theory of Theory versus Practice which states “In Theory, Theory and Practice are the Same Thing. In Practice they are not.”

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen people brought down by that.

As an engineer, I deal with both Theory and Practice as any design I and others create needs to work in real life. Yes, we simulate the design to see if there are any obvious flaws we’ve overlooked, but we also understand that simulations (the theory) will not always match what happens once we build the gizmo we’ve designed and flip on the power switch (the practice). If it doesn’t work the way we designed it to work, we go back to figure out why and then change the design.

It seems that has been ignored when it comes to our energy sector. The theory doesn’t match reality, and rather than modifying the theory to match reality, they decide they have to ignore reality and double down on the theory…and it doesn’t work.

Reply to  DCE
October 7, 2022 9:24 am

To me it’s the flawed operation of bad engineering. If the first design doesn’t work in practice, leave it in place and design a patch to address the flaw, which often causes another problem (the law of unintended consequences) for which another patch is designed.

The Millennium Pedestrian Bridge over River Thames is a fine example. Painstakingly designed, it swayed alarmingly when people walked across it.

To be fair, they did fix it with a ‘patch’ (or perhaps more than one) but should it have happened in the first place when human lives were such an intrinsic part of the design?

Perhaps a crude analogy but renewables are an ineffective patch for any country’s energy system. Not because they don’t work, but because they work badly, they require patch after patch and they will never work because there are too many weak links in the patchwork of patches.

Reply to  HotScot
October 7, 2022 11:47 am

Not the least of which is the capacity to build out these alternate energy items. The reality is that they can not catch just the increase in energy demand let alone replace the base.

Reply to  DCE
October 7, 2022 3:00 pm

And to me it’s crazy that the warmunists don’t even seem to care if the whole Rube-Goldberg wind-solar-batteries-hydrogen-(pray for a miracle) scheme even works.

It really seems they only care about winning the argument, the political battle, and aren’t even smart enough to think about pilot projects – say a small town, in a very windy and sunny area, maybe very remote, running on mostly diesel for electricity, an easy, low hanging fruit that if it could get to be running smoothly would be proof of concept.

But I have a feeling the true believers don’t believe enough to do something sensible and basic as a pilot project, no – we have to shutdown everything not Green™ right now (cue image of a jogging headless chicken) even if there’s no where near enough green power even planned in the next decade or 2 to cover what green-diots want shutdown now.

Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 11:59 am

Those who can, do
Those who cannot, teach
Those who can neither do nor teach, administrate

Reply to  Rocketscientist
October 7, 2022 2:16 pm

Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.

Peta of Newark
October 7, 2022 2:39 am

Nailed it.
Start in your own back yard. Get your hands dirty by planting something, anything, Green & Growing.

Work out how life, the universe and everything works.
That little plant and the bacteria in the soil will ‘keep you right’
Because, they are the very same bacteria that live in your gut and keep you alive – mentally as well as physically

Then realise what ploughs, tillage, nitrogen fert and glyphosate do.
To say you will be angrified and saddened in equal measure is……sigh…… what are the words.

Reply to  Peta of Newark
October 7, 2022 2:45 am

“Work out how life, the universe and everything works.”

What do you get when you multiply 6 X 7 ?

Answer… 42

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Philip Mulholland
Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 3:22 am

Nope, it was 6 X 9

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
October 7, 2022 3:41 am

Wrong. 6 X 9 = 54

The answer to the question is most definitely the number 42.

“Cambridge astronomers have found that 42 is the value of an essential scientific constant – one which determines the age of the universe.”


That’s 3 short of John Kerry-Heinz’s ideal number

Amos E. Stone
Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 5:23 am

Dang. I can’t find my copy, but I’m pretty sure Philip is right. I remember pondering that the mice had 3 claws on each foot, plus a tail and therefore counted in base 13. 6 x 9 = 42.

Reply to  Amos E. Stone
October 7, 2022 5:40 am

Ah, a climate scientist fiddling the factor…

Amos E. Stone
Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 6:49 am

There’s no call to go hurling insults, Mr Varius! 🙂

Reply to  Amos E. Stone
October 7, 2022 6:57 am

base 13

There’s no need to try to fiddle it, Mr Stone. That’s where any perceived insult applies.

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Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 7:40 am

john ketchup kerry

John Hultquist
Reply to  garboard
October 7, 2022 9:24 am

his middle name is Forbes – rich before her who married ketchup

D Boss
Reply to  strativarius
October 7, 2022 3:54 am

Yes and don’t panic, and where’s your towel? Of course the “green” fantasy of a new energy paradigm is the equivalent of the “Infinite Improbability Drive” isn’t it?

Or is it that the greens are really the Vogons in disguise?

(those not in on the joke – 42 is the ultimate meaning of life and everything from the supercomputer described in Douglas Adams “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”; as are the towel, and Infinite Improbability Drive; and the Vogons are a race of mean spirited bureaucrats responsible for the destruction of earth)

Reply to  D Boss
October 7, 2022 4:02 am

Philip Mulholland could do with a Babel fish….!

Reply to  D Boss
October 7, 2022 9:40 am

“Life,the Universe and everything”!!!

Rod Evans
October 7, 2022 4:45 am

I have a simple system that establishes if the person you are talking to has any understanding of systems and life in general.
I simply ask them, do you know what W Edwards Deming did?

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Rod Evans
October 7, 2022 5:53 am

SPC can be your friend.

Reply to  Rod Evans
October 7, 2022 8:58 am

If you’re supposed to know what Deming did, then I failed your test – I had to look him up.

Reply to  Rod Evans
October 7, 2022 9:44 am

Question applies in US not necessarily in the UK.
When people I know go on about “nett zero” (notice correct spelling of Nett) I ask one simple question “Explain to me the difference between a switching and non-swithing contact?” – has them completely fooled!

Reply to  Rod Evans
October 7, 2022 9:59 am

Do the Japanese still award the Demming Award?
I always was amazed that a foreign country would honor an American more than the U.S.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Brad-DXT
October 10, 2022 11:55 am

Deming was single-handedly responsible for bringing Japanese manufacturing from being the butt of the industrial world to being neck-and-neck with the Germans for being producers of the highest quality goods. I clearly remember one of the Back to the Future movies where McFly points out the malfunctioning part and Doc Brown says, “No wonder this circuit failed, it says made in Japan!” and Marty casually replies, “What do you mean, Doc? All the best stuff is made in Japan.”

October 7, 2022 4:50 am

The essay I will link to down below (“I, Pencil; My Family Tree”) is a classic illustration of how far we have come technologically and how complex our world is. It illustrates how no one person knows how to make something as simple as a pencil, let alone understand all of what it takes to run our modern society. It explains how it all works despite no one knowing it all or even directing things to be made or to happen.

Top-down command economies have never worked at a national level. Those GEBs (Globalist Evil Bastards) who are intent on forming a One World Government with a cadre of elites (themselves) at the top directing the rest of us to maintain their luxurious lifestyles are in for a rude surprise.

The GEBs who are in the process of crashing the economies that have brought us to this amazing world of abundant food, comfortable shelter, global communications, travel to anywhere, and leisure time as has never been experienced by so many, have no clue what it takes to make things happen.

The GEB’s plan is to burn it all down to an ash heap and build a utopia from the ashes according to their brilliant plans.

I have news for them. About the only thing they will get from the ashes is lye soap.

I have maintained ever since I became aware of the purpose behind the distraction of the “War on CO2” and the current seemingly madly insane social and monetary policies being enacted, that the GEBs don’t know what they are doing, and they will screw up everything… everything.

This essay is not a long read, and many here have already read it, but it goes well with the post above.

“I, Pencil: My Family Tree” as told to Leonard E. Read, Dec. 1958 | Online Library of Liberty (

Reply to  H.R.
October 7, 2022 5:06 am

So true, so true. I pray for my children every day because they are in a world of hurt.

October 7, 2022 5:01 am

Wonderful succinct words of wisdom Mr. Etam.

October 7, 2022 5:14 am

‘Talking to “the people that do” is eye-opening.’

Goes to the ubiquitous saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Probably should add to that, “Those who can’t, run for office.”

It is distressing to see how many “political science” graduates, who have never held a real job in their lives, wind up in power, thinking they know how to run what they clearly don’t understand. They don’t know how much they don’t know.

Reply to  BobM
October 7, 2022 9:59 am

Meet my wife. From a Staff Nurse in the busiest Casualty department in Europe (in Glasgow), to a Sister, to a university lecturer, then on to heading up a department of 50 lecturers including Doctors, and she can still help cutting open a flail chest of a road crash victim.

Teachers, like cops (which I was), and many other human centric professions should, in my opinion, all have held down a job (which I did) until they are 21 before joining their respective organisations.

University is not a job. If candidates want a higher qualification a three year period of working in a hands on job like building, or in a warehouse humping boxes of beans, should be a prerequisite.

I can’t possibly describe how incompetent degree qualified cops who went through accelerated promotion were. I can also barely describe how socially dysfunctional 18 year old recruits who joined the police straight from school could be, which is dangerous to them and anyone with them (me).

There is more to a rounded human than a spreadsheet. The ability to interact with others and understand humility is essential. You’ll get that on a construction site, in a warehouse or digging the roads.

william Johnston
Reply to  BobM
October 7, 2022 10:02 am

And their plan is to reduce the middle class to a minimum. Then when there are no lower classes, utopia will be attained. Except then there will be no one to deliver their sustenance. And since the elite have no practical knowledge, they will fade from the scene.

Reply to  william Johnston
October 7, 2022 11:31 pm

“The Rich would have to eat money, but fortunately the Poor provide food”.

Old Russian saying.

Tim Gorman
October 7, 2022 5:54 am

You don’t have to travel great distances across rural regions to get a feel for reality”

I grew up in that reality in rural Kansas. I took a trip through SE Kansas on Wednesday of this week. Not much has changed over the past 50 years since I left. It was amazing how the same fields and hedgerows still exist. The same corn, soybeans, and milo fields. The very same houses (probably owned by different people today). Each small town with the same feed stores, the same mechanic shops and hardware stores, again probably run by different people. Far fewer cattle however. Back then most farmers ran a small herd but not today.

The biggest change was the Walmart and Dollar General stores in the larger towns (>600 pop).

Even these “doer” people will have problems when our society fails because of the GND. Limited access to seed, fertilizer, and fuel will be catastrophic even in the rural areas. Heirloom corn and wheat will become precious once again as will pasture and cattle for meat. Pete only knows what the city folk will do other than starve, riot, and steal.

The elites may think they will survive their own foolishness but that is just one more of their delusions.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
October 7, 2022 12:01 pm

Likewise! In 1989, we drove back from Denver along the northern route. Many of the towns I knew growing up were gone, replaced by corporate farming centers. The creation of the Department of Education and the mantra, you can’t get a decent education in a small town sunk much of the towns.

Gunga Din
October 7, 2022 6:09 am

I came across this years ago.

“The Plan

In the beginning, there was a plan, 

And then came the assumptions,

And the assumptions were without form, 

And the plan without substance,

And the darkness was upon the face of the workers,

And they spoke among themselves saying,

“It is a crock of sh*t and it stinks.”

And the workers went unto their Supervisors and said,

“It is a pile of dung, and we cannot live with the smell.”

And the Supervisors went unto their Managers saying,

“It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, 

Such that none may abide by it.”

And the Managers went unto their Directors saying,

“It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide by its strength.”

And the Directors spoke among themselves saying to one another,

“It contains that which aids plants growth, and it is very strong.”

And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents saying unto them,

“It promotes growth, and it is very powerful.”

And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him,

“This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor 

Of the company With very powerful effects.”

And the President looked upon the Plan 

And saw that it was good,

And the Plan became Policy.

And this, my friend, is how sh*t happens.”

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Bruce Cobb
October 7, 2022 6:28 am

You can’t reason with the Climate Believers. They are not interested in what is true about climate, or indeed about energy systems. Climate Belief is based on emotions, on irrationalism. They can not, or will not see facts or truth, and actually reject them out of hand. That is the power of their belief system.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 7, 2022 7:21 am

The more emotionally you are invested in something the less objective you become.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 7, 2022 10:19 am

I don’t agree with that. Given the right information anyone can be persuaded to change. In fact, that’s what’s happened.

The greens never had a scientific case to influence people about the climate scam so, they did what the left do best, they adopted propaganda.

Everyone is susceptible to propaganda, it requires no education to understand. It is, the lowest common denominator of communication.

Sceptics rely on science to prove their point but less than 10% of the world is scientifically educated so 90% don’t understand the language of science.

Until sceptics adopt our own propaganda we will always be fighting a losing battle.

Steve Reddish
Reply to  HotScot
October 8, 2022 6:53 am

Or, until we speak short, correct, and easy to understand truths.

Such as:

Wind and solar are free, but the collection equipment is expensive.

Energy storage costs far more than energy production.

Large acreage costs more than small acreage.

More workers per unit of output costs more than less workers.

The tortoise and the hare: continuous output is better than intermittent output.

CO2 is beneficial, not harmful.

Warming has been beneficial, not harmful.

Yes, explanations need to follow.
Short, succinct explanations:

Warming causes weaker storms, not stronger.

Warming causes wind shear. Shear disrupts hurricanes.


October 7, 2022 6:35 am

Al Gore and Homer Simpson are both fictional characters. Al is not a climate fighter any more than Homer is an operator at a nuclear power plant. You can at least state that Homer contributes to society by making people laugh. Gore makes people cringe when he speaks and induces cognitive dissonance by the mismatch between his words and actions.

This is truly sad that we treat the people capable of doing something as a special case and not the norm.

Reply to  Rpercifield
October 7, 2022 10:39 am

Gore also has the unique ability to induce cold weather when he talks about global warming.🤣

October 7, 2022 6:36 am

This article encapsulates many of my fears for the future, in better ways than I can explain them. I am just a little person in rural Kansas, and nobody listens to me, even my kids.

Reply to  starzmom
October 7, 2022 11:58 am

Kansas connection

October 7, 2022 6:59 am

Here’s a different take but it’s the same theme as Etam’s:

October 7, 2022 7:23 am

Pragmatism meets The Real World — gotta love it.

October 7, 2022 7:24 am

 All our stuff comes from somewhere, is made by someone, using energy and labour and raw materials that need to be brought together in a very specific way

That’s all a bit yesterdays isn’t it? When there are new and exciting ways of doing things if only we’d open our minds and broaden our horizons-
Applications have opened for a huge new guaranteed income pilot in Illinois which officials say is the biggest scheme of its kind (
Just think big and the possibilities are boundless.

Dave Fair
Reply to  observa
October 7, 2022 9:33 am

Vaclav Smil’s “How the World Really Works” should be mandatory reading (with a test) to get one’s voting franchise.

william Johnston
Reply to  observa
October 7, 2022 10:13 am

And again the hard working, tax paying citizen is allowed to underwrite the cost of those who do not feel the need to overextend themselves. Sloth used to be a cardinal sin. Now it is being rewarded. “The possibilities are boundless”.

October 7, 2022 7:48 am

The Roads Must Roll
(Heinlein, relevant read)

Unfortunately, society has been conditioned to consider the “working” class as less, and the “academic” and “ruling” classes as better. We value actors more than plumbers. Until we can’t find a plumber.

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Reply to  TonyG
October 7, 2022 10:59 am

A good buddy of mine retired from teaching autos and industrial agriculture at various colleges and high schools. To get his teaching certification in Minnesota he had to get various jobs as a mechanic and on a farm after receiving his bachelors degree to prove he knew what he was about to teach.
Not only did he have the degree but empirical proof that he knew what he was about. Nontheless, he was shunned by the “academics” he worked with that looked down on him because he taught and worked with his hands rather than the “pure” intellectual pursuits. Hell, he even got dirty sometimes which is beyond the pale for the elite academics.

Some pseudo elites will be the first to die if the WEF gets its way.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Brad-DXT
October 7, 2022 3:21 pm

When I was in college in 1968 there were two types of professors. One would come out and help us install the towers we were using for remote sensing tests and the other wouldn’t. The first prof had his own toolbox in his car and the other didn’t.

Guess who considered himself more “elite”.

jeffery p
October 7, 2022 8:42 am

You cannot use logic, reason or facts to change opinions that are based on emotion.

October 7, 2022 9:46 am

My son was coming home from school with some simplistc nonsense he had picked up in science class. I corrected him and he went back to the teacher, who was somewhat offended. My son stuck to his guns, and the teacher eventually asked permission to bring the class out to the airport where I was an aircraft mechanic and flight instructor. I too them out and sat them down around an airplane on the pavement. Started asking them questions. “Where does the gasoline in this airplane’s tanks come from?” They didn’t know. “Oil,” I said. They were taking notes as per the teacher’s instructions. Where does the oil in its engine come from?” Didn’t know that either. “Oil.” Where did the paint on it come from?” Silence. “Oil.” The vinyl upholstery on its seats? One kid was brave enough to offer, “Oil?” Yup. The rubber in its tires? “Oil,” more of them said. Yup. The plastic fairings on the tips of its wings and tail? “Oil.” The plastic in your pen? And its ink? “Oil.” They were starting to get the picture. The stuff your shoes are made from? “Oil,” they chorused. Your polyester/nylon/propylene shirt or jacket? Spandex pants? “Oil!” they shouted. Now we were getting somewhere. Some of the girls’ cosmetics? “Oil.” Some of the medications some of you might be taking? “Oil.” This pavement we’re sitting on. You can see the rocks and sand in it. What’s the black stuff that glues it all together? “Oil.” Getting the right answer was easy by this time.

I said, “All this stuff from oil is just what we can see from where we’re sitting. If I took you into the building I could point out hundreds more things made from oil. Hundreds more in your home. Can we do without oil? “No,’ they admitted.

Our schools are responsible for this ignorance. It’s pitiful. They’re totally, and probably purposefully, disconnected from reality.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Dan
October 7, 2022 9:58 am


Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dan
October 7, 2022 10:17 am

Fantastic! Love it! Great story.

October 7, 2022 11:50 am

The doing class, without which everything would fall apart.

John Robertson
October 7, 2022 12:17 pm

Delusions Of Adequacy.
For those who have never built,never grown or ever managed a crew,are absolutely certain to their competency to do so.
Certain of how right,true and easy the task shall be..

Those of us who have done these things have a slightly better appreciation of how sideways things can go and how quickly.

Humility may be a learned thing.
As those easy delusions get dented.
For before I learned a Trade,I knew everything..
Now I begin to know how little I know.

“The Science” is graphic demonstration of this.

That absolute certainty of the true believer in “The Science”,where as the users of the Scientific Method constantly discover that every answer or better method of measurement simply opens up a whole bunch of questions we could not even perceive before.

Seeking a more perfect understanding exposes our utter ignorance most starkly.
Believing seems to a more comfortable place.
I note that most of todays “Experts” are not from the tool using fraternity.

jeff corbin
October 7, 2022 1:00 pm

50 years of Green Dreaming that began with the first OPEC energy cartel market crisis of 1974 -1991 has bought the global energy consumer nothing. No superconductive energy revolution. No Next-Gen Battery, which all renewable energy sources need to be viable on any scale. Technology has done nothing but turn the editorial page of the local new paper into a mass harangue in social media. Furthermore, big tech produced nothing for the energy consumer. Energy prices keep going up even when it is clear there are huge reserves of natural gas, coal and oil and yet taxes just keep going up.
Globalism has done nothing to ensure free commodities markets or limit the power of
megalomaniac imperialists either in government or the corporate world. The same
human trap that has been with us since the beginning and remains in operation,
‘divide and conquer’. This is the hard reality of our time, and we need to stop
dreaming. There is no righteous stance, everything is leveraged. No one has a
firm grip on reality.  No one is considering the best interests of energy consumers or people in general. We have become numbers and profiles in a data bases for quants to solve.
Local communities, families and people need to solve their own food and energy needs
at least to some degree on a local scale. The more dependent the masses are on
a few of handfuls of global megalomaniacs, the more people will be treated like
pawns and lied to. In general, Americans no longer think about creating
solutions to problems or stepping up their imagination beyond standard fare.
Everything is an app or is captured in some programmatic prerogative. People no
longer think beyond the scope of their phone. Our imagination has been captured
and our capacity limited by our dependency. The minds of the ultra-elite think
they are the brightest in history and their solutions the worthiest. This delusion
is the most dystopian aspect of our current global culture.
Out of 320 million Americans there are about 1.5 million people who are profoundly gifted.
They don’t all work for Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Pharm, Universities and
Healthcare. Profoundly gifted folks are widely dispersed and exist in most
communities with plenty of highly gifted and bright folks to help them along.
This means the intellectual capital is there to solve problems in local
communities…. like it had been for centuries in Western Society. Where there has
been liberty and minds motivated by necessity, human giftedness flourishes.
America once had liberty which enabled people to solve their own problems and
create new solutions. Government and laws are the old way to limit or empower
liberty. Now it is propaganda and consumer tech that limits the impact of our
liberty by limiting our capacity and our imagination.

Liberty can only actualize human potential to the limit of that potential.  Intervene to limit that potential, the impact that liberty can have on a society becomes limited. In other words, people can have full and complete liberty, but if they are blind, they will never have the
liberty to see, and the expression of their liberty will be forever blind.
 And intellectual blindness happens without few noticing or caring. So, it’s time to sidestep the prerogatives and stop thinking about the what-is or has to be and start thinking about what-if. Solving problems on any scale to help people takes great desire. Unfortunately, our desire is all wrapped up in an electronic mirror, which limits our intellectual capacity and fragments our desire. It’s time to do something else.
The Germans will be burning coal and wood soon and likely will sidestep the anti-fracking prerogative asap. Necessity has caused them to sidestep the programmatic prerogative.  Americans should be prepared to do the same if only on a local scale. Americans could also take back their land live on it and farm it for food and energy needs.  Not everyone wants to live in a city…. especially now. And many who live in the cities in America would love to do something different.
 If you are an engineering or physics Brainiac, figure out a way to store electrical energy that is efficient, cheap, and viable on any scale. American’s need it.  No reason the oil I burn in my furnace to heat my house and water couldn’t be spinning a generator at the same time…it would cut my energy costs by 30% or more. I just need the Next Gen Battery. While you are at it, figure out how to use TEG polymers in my roof and car. Or how to build methanol fermenters for leaf and wood wastes. Anything that would be cheaper than cartel priced, and government carbon taxed fossil fuel would help. You ag Brainiac, teach people how to grow grain on a family-based scale and how to save seed and where to find good seeds, also teach micro scale oil seed ag and oil production. The list of micro-scale problems if solved would improve the material lives of many. Not everyone wants have a corporate or government job, live in a cul-de-sac and sit on the phone all day.

October 7, 2022 1:52 pm

Everything Terry said is true. If everyone reading this article took his advice we would all be better off. The problem is how many people visit sites like WUWT? Some how we have to penetrate the mainstream media, if we could even get a tenth of the exposure that the global warming activists get we could turn this mess around. We must show the average guy/gal that they have been lied to and abused by these scoundrels. They will do the rest.

Geoff Sherrington
October 7, 2022 5:26 pm

Terry Etam,
Thank you for this article, which sadly cannot be written by those without the experience of having been there, done that, like you and I have. (Disclosure – I am past 80 y o and spent decades in the resources sector, adding significant new wealth to the global economy).

While I fully agree with your remedies, they are ever so hard to make happen. Just as society cannot transition to a new energy system in a hurry, it cannot quicky educate misinformed youngsters. Society cannot ask farmers to change a national food crop in a year or two, just as it cannot expect a career bureaucrat to risk future income by rowing against the stream. Slow changes are sometimes the only possibility if catastrophe is to be avoided. The need for change has to arise within the person, not as ordained by high society.

Let us hope that both of us see some change for the better before our times are up. I am keeping on fighting for what is so obviously right, until I no longer can. (And, I have never adopted social media because the concept carries its own destruction).

Geoff S

October 7, 2022 8:31 pm

So the “Can do” culture is what you find in rural Alberta, among the hardy farmers and the intrepid oilmen, eh? How come this community, even when it was rolling in the money of the Heritage Fund, couldn’t manage to build a single diesel refinery?

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John Robertson
Reply to  otropogo
October 8, 2022 10:12 am

Because the “NEED” had not yet arisen.
Reinventing the wheel is not what we discuss here..
Or is it?

Reply to  John Robertson
October 8, 2022 1:39 pm

Can Do people ANTICIPATE need. Diesel is even more essential to survival in the North than gasoline, and all our diesel comes from US refineries, at corresponding price and at the pleasure of the suppliers and the US Government. How long does it take to construct and put a diesel refinery into operation? And what do you do in the meantime when you’ve lost your imported supply?

October 8, 2022 2:56 am

It is the buffer of society which the realists built that allows for those that live in an alternate reality to survive. When the crap really hits the fan and the system breaks down, who is best equipped to survive and to rebuild?

It is the person that deals with real practical problems hands on that will survive, thrive, and rebuild. Not those living in the abstract that rely on fragile technology to survive.

For example: If GPS goes down who will be able to navigate? The person that knows terrain association and can use map and compass to dead reckon and the mariner or airman that knows celestial navigation and can use a sextant, chronometer, and Nautical Almanac. All the rest; Those that never learned those skills having relied only on technology their whole lives, will be unable to navigate, or to even locate where they are if in an unfamiliar place.

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