Whenever a new conflict boils over in the Middle East, lefties in America like to portray our national interests, or lack thereof, in the affair as being motivated by our need for oil. That is, they portray each conflict as a “war for oil.”
The events of 9/11 should have convinced all Americans once and for all that there is more to the story than the quest for this one particular source of energy. Namely, this region of the world has been politically unstable for millennium because of competing ideologies and sectarian and tribal animosities that will most likely never be resolved. More to the point of 9/11, even if we decided to leave the Middle East to its own devices, it doesn’t mean they are going to leave us alone.
Regardless, let us consider the truth about the lie that each and every war in the Middle East is about, and for, oil. Ergo, if in fact we get into conflicts because we need oil, then the opposite must be true as well — if we become energy independent, there will be peace. Specifically, by becoming dependent upon our own fossil fuel resources, there will be no need to fight for the oil that comes from the Middle East.
Smack dab in the middle of this ideological and resource-intensive battle are the environmental hypocrites and poseurs here in California. Under the leadership of Gov. Gavin Newsom and other extremists, they are on a quest to become fossil free. Yet, Californians use more gasoline than any one else, and worse, we import more oil than anybody else — from, you guessed it, the Middle East. Moreover, California also has to import more electricity than any other state, and despite all the virtue signaling, most of the electricity being imported is being generated the old-fashioned way: by dams, coal and natural gas.
So, here is the truth. California wants to virtue signal that it is a “global leader” in moving away from fossil fuels as it becomes the leader in green energy, but the truth is opposite. California is actually increasing its dependence upon foreign oil. Moreover, electricity is a secondary energy supply in that it must be generated from an original energy source and, despite all the solar and wind subsidies and mandates, California still imports more electricity than any other state. Truth be told, what makes this electricity import situation possible is that the states we are importing our electricity from are benefiting from the shale revolution, which California condemns.
The final nail in the coffin for the environmental poseurs of California, the virtue signaling capital of the world? The goal of reducing our carbon footprint has been achieved not by solar and wind, but by the shale revolution. Natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal, has become so abundant and cheap that America, due to market conditions alone, has abandoned coal — and as a result, we have met the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Paris Climate Accord. Talk about an inconvenient truth.