There’s a couple of lines from the Staple Singers’ 1972 hit “Respect Yourself” that pretty much captures the hypocritical nature of the misguided fossil fuel divestment campaign.
“Keep talkin' bout the president, won't stop air pollution/ Put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that'll help the solution.
“Respect yourself, respect yourself / If you don't respect yourself/ Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na.”
Just replace the “respect” with the word “divest” and you’ll understand.
You see, while divestment proponents have pledged to do “whatever it takes” to keep oil and natural gas in the ground, they have steadfastly refused to divest themselves of the products that were made from fossil fuels—products that literally could not exist without oil and natural gas.
Such as …
· The computers they use to rally the troops
· The phones they use to record their protests
· The markers they use to make their signs
· The pens they use to gather signatures
· The clothes and shoes they wear to the protests
· Even the satellites that provide the GPS system they need to play Pokemon Go find directions to the next divestment “action”
In fact, the world as we know it today would not exist were it not for oil and natural gas. Everything from cell phones to critical medical supplies depends on oil and natural gas. There is no substitute. If you want those products, you can’t “keep it in the ground.”
So when you come across a divestment supporter who is demanding that universities, colleges, pensioners, charities and foundations take the significant financial loss that divestment leads to, as them why they haven’t made their own sacrifices and divested themselves.