“Dream Big and Dare to Fail” Is Great High School Valedictory Advice but Terrible Energy Policy


Terry Etam

Writing about energy developments used to be fun and rewarding. It’s such a critical, complex, fascinating business that touches everything, and is everything we touch. No one understands all of it, not that I’ve ever met anyway. To write anything illuminating about energy required immersion in the energy world – the technical end, the geopolitical end, the marketing end, the production end, and on and on. It used to be a fascinating river to stand in the middle of, learning from the endless flow of exciting energy happenings.

And the interesting aspect is ramping up wildly. That flow of exciting energy developments is multiplying rapidly, and no one understands these new angles either. Given that the world demands the best of the old system along with a wish for an entirely new one, you’d think it would be the best time in history to be part of the energy scene.

So how come writing about energy these days feels like being the low guy on the totem pole at the sewage treatment plant, the sap that has to go into the bowels of the system and deal with the big ball of crud everyone flushes but isn’t supposed to?

Maybe it’s headlines like this: Turning to garbage dumps to survive, Argentines feel the pain of 100% inflation. Or this one: Diesel hits Chaos Mode in Fresh Blow for Global Economy, about a looming global diesel shortage.  Or this one, documenting protests due to rising food/energy prices: 101 countries witness rise in civil unrest in last quarter. Or this one: Pakistan energy shortage could last years, blackouts expected this year. If you need help understanding what that one’s about, you must be…

…A politician.

Sorry, don’t mean to go there – the last thing I want to do is get into political “debate”. I’d rather play with the sewage ball, thanks.

Unfortunately politics can’t be avoided, because those people we’ve put x’s beside the names of are making some very bad decisions. Actually it’s a little more nuanced than that; the writhing pit of vipers one level below the elected, the appointees and lobbyists and gatekeepers and Rasputins, are the ones whispering in well-groomed voted-in ears, and they’re sending the world into a tailspin like a pig would when flying into a jet engine.

In part because I’m as pathetically ethnocentric as anyone else, and in part because it’s the heart of the problem, I’ll start with big North American examples. The current US administration has appointed no oil or gas representation in senior ranks of the Department of Energy, pretty much anything but. To drive home the point, the White House put out a major strategy document a few days ago. The tone of it is clear (with respect to energy, anyway); climate change is mentioned 20 times in the 48 page document (despite the fact that the document is called “NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY”) including these very first sentences: “Our Enduring Vision We are now in the early years of a decisive decade for America and the world. The terms of geopolitical competition between the major powers will be set. The window of opportunity to deal with shared threats, like climate change, will narrow drastically.”

As is evident around the world, energy security is foremost in every serious person’s minds. It is also obvious that for the next few decades at an absolute minimum, that means hydrocarbons/fossil fuels.

But the US NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY mentions “fossil fuels” only three times. One mention is about “an ambitious plan to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels”, and the other two are simply staggering from a national security perspective: “Events like Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine have made clear the urgent need to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. And: “Our technology strategy will enable the United States and like-minded democracies to work together to pioneer new medicines that can cure diseases,, increase the production of healthy foods that are sustainably grown, diversify and strengthen our manufacturing supply chains, and secure energy without reliance on fossil fuels.”

NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY? What? In the past few months, the US administration has looked towards Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela for increased oil production (“The Biden administration is preparing to scale down sanctions on Venezuela’s authoritarian regime to allow Chevron Corp. to resume pumping oil there,” according to a Wall Street Journal article).

Biden has berated Saudi Arabia for cutting oil production, pressured them to increase more, and maintained an attitude of indifference to the health of his home industry. How does that fit into a National Security Strategy, particularly when at the same time the administration is pounding US producers for, as a US government website puts it, “the fossil fuel industry’s long-running campaign to spread disinformation about climate change and greenwash its role in causing global warming.” (At another congressional hearing, the administration went after banks for financing hydrocarbons, and when Jamie Dimon, head of J.P. Morgan, was asked if his band would refuse to make new investments in oil and gas, he answered, “Absolutely not, and that would be the road to hell for America.” The congressional panel then informed him that he “obviously didn’t care about working class people in front line communities that are suffering…cancer rates are so high…[financing oil and gas means] defies all logic and scientific evidence…if your financial institutions aren’t going to follow through on net zero commitments then regulators including the federal reserve and congress must step in and make them.”)

Closer to home, the administration has continued to make life difficult for US producers (either explicitly like messing with oil/gas leasing rights, or more indirectly by repeating the mantra “the urgent need to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels”). Biden also made a big show of sticking a thumb in Canada’s energy eye on the first day in office, vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline which would have supplied much of the oil he seeks so desperately.

Canada is no better. After Germany came begging for gas, Prime Minister Trudeau sent representatives home with no LNG, no promise of LNG (there “has never been a strong business case” for east coast Canadian LNG Trudeau said, an Ottawa-bred-and-born ‘fact’ which came as news to Canada’s entire natural gas industry), and only a pledge to deliver to Germany green hydrogen someday – 2025 Trudeau said, with the rest of the world pegging the date at somewhere between 2030 and never (Germany could produce in their own backyard just as easily without the massive transportation headaches).

Recall also that Germany’s energy crisis is happening now, and it takes a special breed of trust fund baby to offer such a baffling cast-iron life-vest as mythical green hydrogen to a ‘valued partner’. German representatives smeared a pseudo-happy grin on their face to show their solidarity with a fellow climate-warrior, then within a month signed a 20-year LNG supply deal with…Mexico. That deal translates from German as “&%$#@ you, Canada.”

Due to backlash from this German begging debacle, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland hit the stage and said some stuff that actually wasn’t crazy, like “LNG is an important transition fuel.” But then she threw in nuggets like “We will always be looking at economically viable LNG projects.” Oh really. What pray tell does the government have to do with assessing the “economic viability” of LNG projects? She makes it sound like the government is helping steer crucial projects that are economic but just need a little help.

Meanwhile in the governmental underground, nefarious anti-hydrocarbon schemes are being furtively assembled with the cagey cunning of a hundred street rats. One example was brought to light by ResourceWorks, a Vancouver based responsible natural resource development not-for-profit, who flagged (thanks) a new “public consultation”: The feds issued “Draft guidance for best-in-class GHG emissions performance by oil and gas projects”. The draft guidance explains how a project should identify the relevant best-in-class emissions performance globally, then explain how the proposed project will achieve best in class performance (or how it will get there), and then demonstrate how the project is consistent with the overall transition to a low carbon-economy and net-zero scenario.

Oooohh, you might think, the feds are going to be keeping an eye on any big project. Well, not so fast – this kangaroo court will preside over the following: exploration; offshore oil and natural gas production; onshore oil and natural gas production; pipelines; oil refineries, including heavy oil upgraders; natural gas processing; and LNG.

Please note the inclusion of “onshore oil and natural gas production.” This means the feds will be seeking veto power over any oil and natural gas production, which could mean anything, including a singular well.

Fans of this sort of governance will cry foul at that accusation, because the consultation states that this will only apply to oil and gas projects “that are subject to a federal impact assessment under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA).” So, let’s head over to the IAA and see what can fall in this bucket. Surprise surprise. From the IAA: “9 (1) The Minister may, on request or on his or her own initiative, by order, designate a physical activity that is not prescribed by regulations made under paragraph 109(b) if, in his or her opinion, either the carrying out of that physical activity may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction.”

Please clearly understand what this draft guidance allows. A Minister may deem a physical activity subject to these global best-in-class and net-zero compliant regulations if The Minister, on his or her own initiative, is of the opinion that the activity may cause adverse effects within federal legislation.

This is banana republic talk. A minister may be of an opinion not just as to a matter of law but as to whether may cause “adverse effects”. A minister’s opinion about potential adverse effects could, according to this draft guidance, call a halt to any “onshore oil and gas production” they feel like. And come to think of it, why is there such specific planning only for oil and gas developments? Well, that’s an easy one – just look at who makes up the ranks of senior energy staff.

Both nations’ leaders have surrounded themselves with “energy experts” that have no experience with the dominant energy system, but even worse, with people that openly despise it. Both Canada and the US have fanatic moles planted in the upper ranks of their administrations, and the danger is palpable. Actually, that description is unfair to moles – a mole in the traditional sense is one that snuck in covertly, without discovery. The US and Canada have chosen human poison to add to the well. The US climate czar is Gina McCarthy, former CEO of the Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC), a climate activist hive of lawyers that has used every judicial trick in the book to blockade any hydrocarbon development whatsoever across the US (among many others, NRDC has been successful in blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline for years, the last big pipeline on the books that will enable further Marcellus/Appalachia growth, gas that could find its way to the coast and help the world survive). In Canada, we have former Greenpeace activist Steven Guilbeault, who was once arrested for scaling the CN Tower in Toronto to post Greenpeace climate messaging, and he is honest enough to admit that he is still a “climate activist”.29dk2902lhttps://boereport.com/29dk2902l.html

What are the odds that people like those two might possibly find something “adverse to net zero 2050” in any oil and gas activity? And, in Canada at least, these lords of climate will have potential veto power on – anything. The US won’t be far behind.

People need to understand what is at stake here. Activists are throttling our hydrocarbon industry out of existence, either overtly, or by omission as they allow wave after wave of anti-oil assaults to take place unhindered. Canadian and US leaders are prepared to farm out the world’s need for hydrocarbons to other jurisdictions in the world in order to look clean themselves, just as getting China to make all our consumer crap and sweeping the emissions under the rug makes us feel better about not creating that environmental degradation here.

But the miscalculation of these leaders is profound. Farming out manufacture of cheap tee shirts and TVs and light bulbs to China is one thing; handing control of energy supplies to others is quite another. Did Russia not teach these people anything?

To be clear, some sizeable portion of this nonsense is self inflicted. For a dozen years I’ve been stunned by a billion dollars worth of executive comp and bonuses and stock options and perfect haircuts and expensive suits failing to even put up a decent effort to not just justify the industry’s existence but to explain how critical hydrocarbons are. US oil execs, mostly the Big Oil stripe, have this year refused to appear before US congressional hearings. I understand those people aren’t fun to talk to, but…isn’t that kind of your job? Aren’t you paid a hell of a lot of money to fight for, if not your own reputation, at least your business? And if you can’t defend your own industry, who on earth will?  Alex Epstein has done a hundred times more in a decade than the entire petroleum industry has in 50 years. And he’s from California!

But anyway. Panic gets us no where. Time for a deep breath.

It’s a very complicated world, and it is teetering wildly like an imbalanced spinning top. We’ve gone from a billion people on earth to 8 billion in less than two centuries, and somehow have cobbled together a system that feeds, heats and clothes them remarkably well. Not all of course, but most. We walk around staring at devices in our hands that have more power than what put people on the moon 50 years ago, and those devices are accessible across the globe. We all love to eat and run around the globe like kids in a playground. We are kind of pigs when given half a chance; we need some lessons in/reminders of efficiency and how precious natural resources really are.

It’s not easy figuring out how to make this all work sustainably when 7 billion all want to live like the rich billion. But throwing out the furnace just before winter starts is not part of the solution.

Try to find the signal in the noise and hopefully we’ll get through this energy crunch with a lot more respect for what we currently don’t. Be good to one another. Well, except for bad leaders – may they all torment each other in their dreams like the sewer balls they so remarkably resemble.

The energy transition will happen – but it won’t look like what’s being forced on us. We will rethink “environmentalism” in completely different and better terms. Read about that in  “The End of Fossil Fuel Insanity” at Amazon.caIndigo.ca, or Amazon.com.  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 26, 2022 6:09 am

Just to add insult to injury. A program to install 2500 EV buses at “winning” school districts is set to initially cost $1 billion.


Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 6:12 am

Lifetime cost of ownership for vehicles with no ICE is likely to be lower though…

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:15 am

Start changing the battery of am EV to know what real costs are 😀

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:21 am

ROFL sure I believe you 🙂

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:24 am

Right up until one torches and takes the rest with it…

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:36 am

Lifetime cost of ownership for vehicles with no ICE is likely to be lower though…

very much doubt that – IEVs don’t last as long as an ICE:

Reply to  Redge
October 26, 2022 7:31 am

Yes, a properly maintained diesel bus will last decades.

An EV bus? Difficult to say but probably 6-8 years. Besides double capital and infrastructure costs for EVs, their disposal costs will be spectacular.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 9:48 am

Remember reading about two cities in Germany who got electric buses. They were very hilly and after two years the batteries were worn out. Couldn’t afford to buy new batteries at that rate so went back to ICEs

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Redge
October 26, 2022 11:31 am

Fire isn’t the main problem. Once the sale of ICE vehicles is banned, 2030 in the UK, then all subsidies will have been removed.
So paying full price, some sort of mileage charge to replace fuel duty and VAT, Congestion Charges, VED erroneously known as Road Tax.Will have to be applied to EVs which they aren’t currently.
The OTR cost will always be higher for an EV than an ICE and always will. The end of life costs will be greater too, recycling the battery will see to that.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
October 26, 2022 3:59 pm

Surely that is a 2030 ban on the sale of new ICE vehicles?

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 26, 2022 11:08 pm

Yes it is for now, but will the sale of preloved ICE vehicles be banned after 2030? I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.
But it doesn’t alter the fact that missing revenues have to be replaced as our recently departed PM discovered. That’s going to start biting before 2030.

David A
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
October 27, 2022 4:53 am

The more they press this insanity, the sooner the SHTF moment comes to manifest their folly. What cant be done, wont be done. (Well before 2030)

jeffery p
Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 9:19 am

Sure griff, it’s true because you believe it’s true.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 10:04 am

The geniuses behind the Green Scam have now issued the warning that there is not enough Lithium and Cobalt in the entire world to replace the batteries for the next 10 years in just the vehicles already sold, so I suppose if you consider a totally DEAD EV sitting in your front yard on blocks as “Lifetime cost of ownership for vehicles with no ICE is likely to be lower,” you are probably right. 

Mike W
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 26, 2022 10:47 am

Might be a good business opportunity down the road. Diesel conversions from EV. Likely mountains of money to be had trying to save the investment in the shell of the useless EVs

Reply to  Mike W
October 26, 2022 11:41 am

Well, my father had a business in the 1930s or 1940s converting Lincolns with 12 cylinder engines to 8 cylinders, so you never know what opportunities might arise.

Richard Page
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 26, 2022 12:49 pm

Then harness that entrepreneurial spirit and start tooling up to convert EV’s to pedal cars – you know that’s the next step when the battery dies and there’s sod all to replace them.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Richard Page
October 27, 2022 3:33 am

Or maybe just a big hole in the floor so you can move them with your feet ala The Flintstones.

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
October 29, 2022 12:17 am

Not really germane to this conversation, but why would people want to convert their 12 cylinder engines?

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Mike W
October 27, 2022 3:30 am

Smart automakers should configure their bev models for easy “transplants” to an ICE powertrain.

Richard Page
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
October 27, 2022 7:46 am

I wonder how difficult it would be to replace the battery pack with a small ice and fuel tank to drive the electric motors?

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 10:26 am

Once again, when given a choice between models and real world data, griff chooses the models.

griff’s claim is only true, if you consider if you assume the battery lasts forever.

Reply to  MarkW
October 26, 2022 11:28 am

Now, now, Mark. Our griff could be right if the new LiUf chemistry batteries prove out. They never wear out and they weigh less, too since they are enclosed in fairy feathers. That’s a very light casing.

That’s the newly developed Lithium-ion Unicorn-fart batteries. Prohibitively expensive now, they show great promise as volume increases and the cost of Unicorn farts comes down.

Reply to  H.R.
October 26, 2022 4:07 pm

Trouble is, Noah forgot to put unicorns on the Arc !

Hence, they are terribly rare !

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  b.nice
October 26, 2022 11:13 pm

As a child I understood, from a song, Unicorns messed the departure of the Arc despite Noah’s best efforts

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  MarkW
October 27, 2022 3:35 am

Of course, Griff also ignores how electricity costs will skyrocket if the ‘green’ (not) energy agenda continues to be pushed on all fronts.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 12:18 pm

this morning s npr story about very limited on street overnite parking in residential neighborhoods in the people’s republic of cambridge , ground zero for EV’s . that ll help reduce the cost of ownership,if there’s nowhere to charge your vehicle .

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 1:20 pm

After you part with your savings and pay higher financing and insurance costs. That’s in addition to no retirement to pay for consumer mistakes along the way.

See Scotty Kilmer long and short run comparisons

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 3:00 pm

Griff, do you have any evidence to back up that claim?

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 4:06 pm

With basically ZERO 2nd hand value…

… you are off in a mindless fantasy land, griff…. still, !

Reply to  b.nice
October 26, 2022 5:48 pm

Do not fear. Entrepreneurs are everywhere.
” Australia may soon enjoy bigger “grey market” for second hand EVs”

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 7:06 pm

False, studies have shown that no to be true. EV have huge software problems. Add in questionable battery life, a sane person would se it as lose, lose.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  griff
October 27, 2022 7:08 pm

Note how Young Griff casually changes the scope of the question.

Original – Program to INSTALL
Griff – Lifetime cost of ownship

This is the same as saying a high end vegan and planet friendly meal will cost you $200, but since you eat $6000 of meat each year it is cheaper.

The point that being missed is that all these grand and well meaning plans to do woke things (Provide 2500 E buses) actually cost a lot when you get down to it.

$1 billion divided by 2500 is what? $400,000 a bus? To be honest what did they expect it to cost? This is a government contract. Remember you are not just buying these buses COTS from your corner bus shop. There will be studies, compliance checks, custom re-sprays, project kick off bbqs. I worked with local councils back in the day doing civil work. I would put money that somewhere in there is a report confirming the uphosltery on the seats is culturally sensitive.

Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 8:38 am

These are what used to be known as White Elephant gifts. Supposedly prized possessions that will never work a day in their lives, but eat the same as any other elephant.
Big shiny do-nothings.

Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 9:27 am

Oh dear! I don’t have access to that link.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Scissor
October 27, 2022 3:27 am

How many kids have to die before they figure out what a bad idea that was?! How many broads if children have to burst into flames??

October 26, 2022 6:11 am

News just in: new UK PM Rishi Sunak has said he will reinstate the nationwide ban on shale gas fracking during his first PMQs.

Sunak told MPs he “stands by” the Conservative party’s 2019 manifesto commitment that banned fracking, a ban that was lifted by his predecessor Liz Truss.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:16 am

He is also a WEF scholar.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:37 am

Rishi Sunak has said he will reinstate the nationwide ban on shale gas fracking


The Other Nick
Reply to  Redge
October 26, 2022 7:04 am

Unfair to Dipsticks. They have a function for checking the oil level in your ICE vehicle.
This person has no function.

Reply to  The Other Nick
October 26, 2022 11:51 am

The secret agent sent in to destroy as much as possible of the enemy’s crucial infrastructure “has no function”?

It doesnot add up
Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 6:54 am

He is kowtowing to Labour and Ed Miliband, who orchestrated a shockingly poor debate on the topic just days ago. He has also condemned his time as PM to presiding over making the country poor, cold and hungry. How long he can keep that up will depend on how long he can get support from the opposition.

Richard Page
Reply to  It doesnot add up
October 26, 2022 12:52 pm

He’s going to hand the reins over to Labour at the next election then quietly sink back into obscurity. The man is a complete liability.

Reply to  It doesnot add up
October 26, 2022 7:09 pm

It seems he has been locked into the position forced on Truss. And we saw what happened there.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  It doesnot add up
October 27, 2022 3:39 am

And how long before throngs with burning torches show up…

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 8:49 am


My God! Another Biden? A few years ago the UK had the North Sea and other sources of “fossil fuel”…..and the natural gas is a very clean source of energy to help us “transistion” to the green nirvana/utopia some wish for.
So let’s harpoon the fossil fuel industry and pay another country for the energy we need to maintain our current level of comfort. Or…..we can look like the merry old England we had when Shakespear wrote those plays.

And ditto for the U.S.A., which can not only have all it needs and still help out friendly nations. But Nooooooo…. save the snails, save the whales, a degree warmer will kill life as we know it.

Gums sends…

Reply to  Gums
October 26, 2022 11:55 am

Simply destroying the current is hardly enough. “merry old England … when Shakespear wrote those plays” had an infrastructure developed over centuries. It no longer exists. How long would it take to recreate it.

Richard Page
Reply to  AndyHce
October 26, 2022 12:54 pm

The question is how many lives will it take to recreate it not how long will it take.

jeffery p
Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 9:21 am

That’s not good news, griff. But maybe the rest of the world can learn from the UK’s folly.

BTW- Praying for a mild winter is not a national energy strategy.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 10:29 am

griff celebrates as 10’s of thousands of his fellow countrymen freeze to death.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 11:43 am

What is his position on nationwide public self-flagellation?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 12:59 pm

Sounds like the UK needs a new Prime Minister. This new one is delusional, calling for the banning of fracking.

Who among the UK leadership is not a CO2-phobe? The unreasonable fear of CO2 is killing the UK.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 27, 2022 3:41 am

Oh no worries – they’ll just blame Britain’s woes on “Brexit.”

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 1:32 pm

Maybe Greece can bail out the UK.

Reply to  griff
October 26, 2022 4:09 pm

One sure way to make sure the UK suffers big time with energy shortage, not only now, but into the future.

Third world status beckons.. and won’t griff be happy !

October 26, 2022 6:13 am

I always wonder what happen between the ears of that bunch of as*ho*es that’s happy about the energy crisis because of climate protection

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 26, 2022 11:38 am

Krishna: I always wonder what happen[s] between the ears of that bunch of as*ho*es […]”

Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all.

If you put your ear close to their ear, you will hear the wind whistling through from the other side.

Steve Case
October 26, 2022 6:20 am

“People need to understand what is at stake here. Activists are throttling our hydrocarbon industry out of existence …”

I tell people our government is on track to close all the gas stations, and I don’t get a coherent response. Or I get labeled a “Conspiracy Theorist”

Reply to  Steve Case
October 26, 2022 6:25 am

If it’s a comfort, we’ll run out of diesel and everyone will understand the error of their ways after 95% have died from starvation and other preventable causes.

October 26, 2022 6:25 am

I know this sounds counter intuitive, but Big Oil along with Big Tech are controlled by the same people. The reluctance to challenge this supposed attack on Big Oil is a ruse to drive up prices in my opinion. The Russian/Ukraine conflict may have been brokered to facilitate cover for all of these radical changes. From the “pandemic”, to the non-vaccine vaccine, to the worldwide censorship, to the “shortage” of fossil fuels, to the extraordinarily low interest rates and money printing, to the complete pivot to quickly raise rates, to the resultant high inflation, one has to just put the pieces together to see a well-coordinated effort to reset the current world system of independent countries. The UN and WEF along with many Billionaires have clearly spoken about this path so it’s no surprise. The surprise is only how many people have been duped into accepting it as inevitable.

Reply to  John
October 26, 2022 6:35 am

“This is big news. Alberta’s new Premier Danielle Smith is the first government leader to apologize for vaccine mandates. Taking it a step further, she directly criticizes the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Schwab; she has “no interest in being involved with them.” During her first day in office, Smith immediately apologized for the vaccine mandates. She is offering to rehire any government worker who lost their job due to their vaccine status.”


Old Man Winter
Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 26, 2022 9:11 am

Good for her!

From the the Public Order Emergency Commission:

It turns out the Freedom Protest didn’t meet ‘the Criminal
Code definition of violence’ & posed NO threat to national
security, as claimed by the MSM & Trudope. Also, they actually
caused violent crime to DROP in Ottawa. Other than a few
“bad actor” protestors, it may have been the Ottawa police
who were abusive when they kidnapped some people after their
release & drove them to various rural parking lots that
had no shelter or resources in the middle of February!



Old Man Winter
Reply to  Old Man Winter
October 26, 2022 9:43 am

Statistics Canada-
“In 2021, four in ten (41%) homicides were
firearm-related. The firearm was recovered in
29% of firearm-related homicides. Of the 297 firearm-related homicides that occurred in 2021, almost half (46%) were considered by police to be gang-related.”

Trudope’s excuse for banning handgun sales is pure BeeEss
as ~1/2 of the firearm-related homicide are gang-related &
the stabbing rate is > 80% of the gun rate. As the protestors
showed, it’s the people, not the weapon!

Note: Chart 4 below from StatCan: Homicide in Canada, 2020



Pillage Idiot
Reply to  John
October 26, 2022 7:14 am

Big Oil and Big Tech are most assuredly NOT controlled by the same people!

In the short term, driving up oil prices is a huge boon for any company that owns existing oil production.

However, Big Oil runs on future oil development projects. Big Tech almost 100% supports a Green vision of the future and puts their thumb on the scale to promote a narrative that opposes all new hydrocarbon development projects.

Reply to  John
October 26, 2022 7:36 am

There’s chatter of a false flag dirty bomb. If either side initiates such action, the escalation would be something real to fear.

Richard Page
Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 1:00 pm

There’s been chatter about that since before the start of the Ukraine invasion. Honestly can’t see either side willing to cross the nuclear threshold – there’s no way back at that point and they must know that.

jeffery p
Reply to  John
October 26, 2022 9:23 am

How about something to back up these assertions?

Reply to  John
October 26, 2022 10:32 am

The world dances to the tune of a secret cabal that behind the scenes runs everything.
Ok, now back to the real world.

Alastair gray
October 26, 2022 6:29 am

Off track a little but I just saw Brandon congratulate Rashoo Su-nook on becoming Prime Minister
A band of brothers heading for bromance.
Maybe Abalone of Oz will make up a threesome

October 26, 2022 6:40 am

For those who want to shut down all reliance on so-called “fossil fuels”, I say let them lead by example. Take away all products in their lives which are products or by-products of oil, natural gas, coal, etc. and see what happens to them. I do not relish seeing most of the whackos in animal skins, cuz that would be the result as most clothing is made up of oil products, but it would serve the purpose of exposing them and their whacko lies to reality for all. Take their vehicles as well, which are made up of products made from oil. Including their vaunted EVs, which are also mostly fossil fuel based components. Silly lefties need to freeze a little to leave the rest of us alone. Shame ’em a bit to straighten ’em out.
I’d really like to see that happen to the folks who continue to glue themselves to roads, etc. My bet is that the tune they are screaming would change drastically and quickly.
Just sayin’.

Reply to  RevJay4
October 26, 2022 8:39 am

People who glue themselves to the road in the northern hemisphere should be left there, overnight, maybe two or three nights in a row, or until they can tear themselves away. And without the sanitary conveniences the crew in the Porsche facility wanted.

Otherwise, I agree with you about fossil fuel use. Most will not last long without fossil fuel products.

John K. Sutherland
Reply to  starzmom
October 26, 2022 8:54 am

Just lock them up in somewhere that is heated and lit only by wind and solar power. Take their various devices away, and all clothing that is fossil fuel related. They’ll soon get the message.

Reply to  RevJay4
October 26, 2022 9:53 am


Maybe the “Rainbow 6” solution, but drop them off in Patagonia or Fairbanks Alaska.

Gums sends…

Curious George
Reply to  RevJay4
October 26, 2022 10:13 am

Done. In Sri Lanka, 2022.

lee riffee
Reply to  RevJay4
October 26, 2022 2:02 pm

They need to spend some mandatory time with the Amish (though not that the Amish would really want to host any of them….) or people who live a similar lifestyle. Get up at dawn, work hard all day planting, plowing, harvesting, canning, caring for horses and other farm animals, making most everything by hand and having no electricity, no cell phones, no computers, no plastics….
I doubt many of these climate nutters (especially those who participate in stupid protests) have ever worked hard in their lives. It is easy to take things for granted when you are used to having them and have no idea what it’s like without them.

October 26, 2022 7:17 am

What they are calling for is impossible so a crisis is inevitable, hopefully while the Democrats are in office. Republicans can turn around, Dems not so much.

The interesting questions are what the crisis will look like and when will it come? A price spike is probably more likely than repeated, protracted blackouts. The power engineers may already know the answers but they are keeping silent. One wonders why?

Reply to  Scissor
October 26, 2022 8:40 am

They are so conflicted they have now withdrawn the letter. How seriously can one take them?

Reply to  David Wojick
October 26, 2022 10:51 am

I doubt seriously that the Republicans can figure out a solution, either.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 26, 2022 3:07 pm

Someone is going to, so who then. A new party? The Republicans are already climate skeptics and pro-fossil fuel so it would not be a huge move to jettison the green agenda when people get really mad.

October 26, 2022 7:26 am

Throwing out , cannibalizing, sequestering the baby with the bathwater is a tried and wicked solution.

October 26, 2022 7:44 am

Face it, government control over how you keep your house warm is inviting hardship upon yourself.

Michael in Dublin
October 26, 2022 8:04 am

Anyone involved with educating children should have observed that when a child has no realistic idea of their ability and aims far above their present performance they are more than likely to do even worse because of being disheartened. If a child works hard aiming at a more realistic target, they are more likely to achieve this. They can then aim higher.

The falsehood that a child can become whatever they set their minds on is harmful on various levels. Every child has different strengths and weaknesses. It is far better to get children to take advantage of their stengths but also to learn to compensate for their weakest subjects by achieving an overall grasp and 50% pass in the latter.

Capn' Mike
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 26, 2022 3:16 pm

If children could realize their dreams, we’d be overrun with firemen and ballerinas.

John Garrett
October 26, 2022 8:14 am


Well done, Terry Etam!

Where are the adults? How did the inmates come to be in charge of the asylum?

Reply to  John Garrett
October 26, 2022 8:43 am

One needs to look no further than the Fetterman-Oz debate last night to realize this is an ongoing problem.

Reply to  John Garrett
October 26, 2022 10:57 am

They were elected.

John Oliver
October 26, 2022 8:43 am

Its like one of those movies where the bad guy(s) or gal(s) weasel there way into a position of great power- then all hell breaks loose, resulting in death and destruction on a mass scale. Then the bad person(s) gets away with or setting up the good guys to take all the blame for the carnage.

Peta of Newark
October 26, 2022 8:45 am

iow; There’s too much Government
This enables anyone anywhere inside the behemoth to pass the buck onto some other person or department or agency. Ad nauseam

Interspersed by endless meetings and consultations, the only positive thing to ever come out of them is the setting of a date for another meeting or consultation

Compounded by the fact that all within each section, agency or department, despite fine sounding names and acronyms, are scientifically & technical illiterates.

Then, horror of horrors, if ‘something happens’ – an Emergency Committee is convened which then proceeds to throw money and gasoline, in equal measure, onto the hitherto unforeseen fire.
Then, come Friday afternoon and satisfied with their work, retire to their leader’s garden for a piss up.
Where they sow seeds, hatch plans and decide what they’re next going to set fire to.

Nice work if you can get it

Reply to  Peta of Newark
October 26, 2022 10:59 am

“… the only positive thing to ever come out of them is the setting of a date for another meeting or consultation” Sounds like the CoPs.

Gregory Woods
October 26, 2022 8:58 am

and hang in there, Russia – the free world is cheering you on against the Ukie Nazis….

Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 26, 2022 12:12 pm

Now that Putin’s toady has been heard from, back to the subject of the post.

Reply to  MarkW
October 29, 2022 11:56 pm

Im half Ukrainian myself, and having actually read some Ukrainian history can agree with Gregory on that point. The suffering of Ukrainians in Ww2 was brutal, as partisans fought for the Nazis, against the Nazis, for and against the Soviets and killed Jews, gypsies and each other. Your ad hominen is beneath you and disappointing on WUWT. Perhaps yoy could provide some facts and nuance next time.

October 26, 2022 9:21 am

NZE-aka;Net Zero Emissions. ie: FFS = Fossil Fuel Starvation. = EM = Economic Misery.

As an aside I personally connect ‘NZE’ with the term ‘Denier’ and with the same connotations.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Alasdair
October 26, 2022 9:27 am

EH – Economic Holocaust

October 26, 2022 9:51 am

On road trips, kids used to irritate their parents with the very irritating “Are we there yet?” every few miles.

Kids today will be asking “Are we DEAD yet?”

October 26, 2022 9:59 am

In case you haven’t heard, the new Indian Prime Minister of the UK has immediately banned fracking…AGAIN.

Also, it looks like the “election” of Truss was just a way to do an end run around all the Conservatives and pull off a coup to install the WEF-groomed and hand picked globalist puppet Rishi Sunak enabled by the rapid exit of the “Where is my fainting couch?” Dizzy Lizzy Truss(ed up like a lamb headed to the slaughter house).

India used to be under the control of the UK when the UK was at its height in world dominance….looks like the roles have now reversed.

Mike Maguire
October 26, 2022 10:11 am

“Our technology strategy will enable the United States and like-minded democracies to work together to pioneer new medicines that can cure diseases,, increase the production of healthy foods that are sustainably grown, diversify and strengthen our manufacturing supply chains, and secure energy without reliance on fossil fuels.”

Increase food production by getting rid of the synthetic fertilizer using the miraculous fossil fuel based process feeding the planet with no viable alternative?

Take that away abruptly from the world and what you would get is 1 billion people starving within 3 years. Price rationing of all food causing prices to go 3 to 10 times higher and only rich people will be able to eat.





Click on the arrow above to start the featured video “Life without Petroleum Products” from Oil Sands Action. Here’s a partial list of just 144 of the 6,000 products we get from petroleum. I’m pretty sure that even if AOC and Bernie could unrealistically get enough windmills and solar panels to produce all of America’s electricity and get everybody to drive an electric car, they would still want these petroleum-based products to be produced, including heart valves, eyeglasses, and dentures for voters in Sen. Sanders’ demographic, tires for everybody’s electric car, ink to print AOC’s and Bernie’s campaign literature and the New York Times, etc.


James F. Evans
October 26, 2022 11:00 am

AGW proponents have to be made to face the facts:

So-called “net-zero” is economy killing.

It’s suicide.

Talk to AGW proponents… have a heart to heart… “net-zero” doesn’t work.

And you know who will suffer the most… working class people and those who are new to the middle class.

Andy Pattullo
October 26, 2022 11:27 am

Another insightful piece by Terry. Thanks. The current policy decisions are a lot like claiming people need to move away from consuming food when food scarcity becomes an issue, or trying not to drink because some eco nut tells you we’re running out of fresh water.

October 26, 2022 11:50 am

Rishi, Rishi, Rishi, C’mon, man, hold my curry….

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The Dark Lord
October 26, 2022 1:13 pm

The world will never transition off of fossil fuels for transportation energy … ever .. even if we go all nuke all day that just means we’ll use the cheap/free electricity to make cheap gas/diesel …

October 26, 2022 1:17 pm
Mike Maguire
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 26, 2022 6:29 pm

Putins fault (-:

Oh, wait, he didn’t invade until earlier this year. The graph shows the energy table was set and Putin just took advantage of the energy insecurity from fake green energy.
Intermittent, diffuse and anti environmental wind which is pushed ahead using crony capitalism deals, often based on tax payer funded governmental subsidies and financial benefits that make it too good to ignore for greedy developers but too bad to be reliable once installed.


Twenty-Five Industrial Wind Energy Deceptions

October 26, 2022 1:40 pm

Very nice article Terry, written in plain language and putting the blame exactly where it belongs. We do not have a climate crisis, we do not have an energy crisis what we have is a leadership crisis. Our leaders aren’t incompetent, they are very good at what they are doing. What they are is evil, pure down and ugly evil. They put their power, their crappy government, their faux religion before all else. They disgust me.

Craig from Oz
October 27, 2022 7:14 pm

Dream Big and Dare to Fail is actually awful advice that has led to scores of unemployable with a hobby degree and a student loan they will never pay off.

‘Make a Plan and work Hard towards it’ is much better advice.

Dare to Fail just ends up with 30 year olds moving back in with their parents after their back of envelope business plan collapsed within 3 months.

October 28, 2022 3:44 am

And once again, like with vaccines, or with hormonal birth control, or hormonal everything re: women (or now re: men), promoters of the precautionary principle are nowhere to be seen.

Steve Browne
October 28, 2022 3:06 pm

Dream stupid and guarantee to fail.

October 29, 2022 12:13 am

Dream big and dare to fail works for actors and writers and such. If you are average, you get nothing since 99% of those people earn nothing. Failing is just another year working at Starbucks. It doesn’t work for engineers, where the consequences are thousands of people dying if you fail.
Unfortunately, since politicians see success or failure in terms of how many people they can get to vote for them, the downside of a policy that would kill many millions, even perhaps billions from starvation, pales in comparison to the upside of feeling good about yourself and having people cheer you on.

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