Antioil arguments too often rely on distortion

08/26/2013
Obstructionism accommodates itself more readily to politics than to argument. On just about any issue, opposition is the easiest position to occupy. Sometimes, it's the right one. What's easy about opposition, right or wrong, is selling it. Inducing people to focus on drawbacks and ignore advantages requires no high-order skill. The trick seems to work even with people mature enough to know nothing in life is all good or all bad. One-sided distortion drives campaigns of opposition against oil. Often, the tactic strands propagandists who use it in indefensible positions. For many years, a US campaign against the use of oil hinged on geographic origin. The argument: Much oil comes from the ...
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