We have seen companies do it. We've seen self-important Hollywood directors do it. Now the latest sensation has hit the Obama administration.
The fad is to reject and slander Canada's oil sands without knowing anything about the subject.
Like Bed, Bath, and Beyond and James 'king of the world' Cameron (who, after calling Alberta's emerging energy crown jewel a 'black eye' for Canada, admitted knowing virtually nothing about the topic), current U.S. chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee Henry Waxman has shown his level of ignorance regarding the oil sands.
News broke this week that Waxman had urged the State Department to block TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Hardisty, Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
This pipeline represents a direct line from the safest and largest non-American source of oil to the U.S. There are no dictators to deal with, no terrorists threats. America's ally and closest friend has a most valuable resource, and Waxman is asking his own government to ignore it.
As is the annoying norm, Waxman's reasoning was smattered with the usual environmental flavor. Funny how the best example of recycling the left does is with their talking points.
The trend to make Canada's oil 'evil' in the name of going Green is nothing new. Neither is someone spouting off on a pro-enviroNazi rant in an attempt to score cheap political points.
Of course, Waxman fails to suggest alternatives. It isn't as if America is going to go off oil any time soon.
Is he suggesting that it is better for America to continue its reliance on places like Saudi Arabia instead of Canada? Would Waxman rather his country deal with a nation that holds a horrible human rights record or is led by a corrupt government, as opposed to the neighbor and ally to the North?
I would suggest that above all others, the best question Henry Waxman should be asked - and if any of my American friends want to take the ball and run with this, by all means do so - is a simple one with an environmental flavor of it's own:
How much of the world's greenhouse gas emissions are caused by Alberta's evil, vicious, Satanic oil sands?
The answer is less than one-tenth of one per cent of the world’s emissions.
If Waxman cannot answer that basic question without the help of advisers or Google, then he has no reason to make such a request of his government.