Nick Nichols

My wife and I spent Thursday afternoon at the doctor’s office.  Our physician not only performs medical miracles, but he is also a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who makes it his business to keep abreast of the high crimes of hypocrisy committed by elected officials and the latest outrages in the court of public opinion.  Office visits often turn into mutual rants about the state of politics in America.  Our Doc was seeing blood this week over energy; not just gas prices, but the fact that many Americans partake of the leftist Kool Aid on energy—no questions asked. 

So, we face an energy crisis perpetrated by environmental radicals and their political handmaidens—folks who would like to see the rest of us permanently off the grid and terminally off the planet.  These back-to-the-cave advocates are being aided and abetted by otherwise rational people from both political parties; people who have been taught that all we need to solve our energy crisis is:

  • Windmills and solar panels.
  • Higher gasoline taxes.
  • Lower speed limits.
  • Larger recycling bins.
  • Automobiles the size of go-carts.

That’s not all.  These energy knuckle-heads have been convinced by the eco-nannies that Americans shouldn’t drill for oil and gas, can’t use nuclear energy, and mustn’t burn coal—our most abundant fuel. 

The breadth and depth of ignorance about what is really required to solve our energy dilemma, a subject vital to the economy and our quality of life, is absolutely breath-taking.  How could this happen?  The answer is quite simple.  It is about Americans exposed for decades to lies and distortions about energy policy—no questions answered

Since the 1970s, environmental activists have had free reign to spread various forms of manure about energy and the environment unhindered by the truth.  They have also been quite successful at silencing those who should have been delivering the facts of energy life to American consumers.  The back-to-the-cave crowd skillfully created the so-called Corporate Social Responsibility movement to pressure business executives into towing the environmental line on energy and climate change.  Executives who dared to tell the truth suffered media attacks and accusations of “anti-social” corporate behavior.  Sound familiar?  Madame Mao would have been very proud.

It wasn’t until the recent explosion in crude oil prices, and efforts by leftist legislators to once again blame U.S. oil companies for the crisis Congress and the activists helped to create, that industry leaders decided to get out of their Jacuzzis and deliver the truth.

Nick Nichols

Nick is a retired crisis communications executive. He also developed and taught graduate-level crisis management courses at the Johns Hopkins University. Nick is the author of Rules for Corporate Warriors: How to Fight and Survive Attack Group Shakedowns. He is a Vietnam veteran.