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Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 31 ➤ continued, pg 32 Fa m i l i a r n a m e s d e m a n d f a m i l i a r r e s o u r c e s . Fr o m t h e v e r y r s t w e l l p a d i n t h e B a k k e n a n d h u n d r e d s s i n c e , o u r e m p l o y e e s h a v e d e l i v e r e d e x c e l l e n c e i n t h e o i l e l d s f o r m o r e t h a n 6 0 y e a r s . O u r i n t e g r a t e d t e a m o f e n g i n e e r s , s c i e n t i s t s a n d p l a n n e r s w i l l b r i n g t h e r e p o w e r a n d c o n n e c t i o n s y o u n e e d t o s u c c e e d . Bakken. Niobrara. Uinta. Learn more ab out our services and explore career opp ortunities at in the US in 2014. The bad news, in the eyes of the cli- mate marchers – of that staggering total, only a handful will be electric vehicles. Almost no one buys the Chevy Volt. Elon Musk may have created a media fascination with the Tesla, a beautiful sleek vehicle, but its sales are insignificant. New home sales and existing home sales have been healthy. The occupants of those homes will heat them, cool them, and power their electronics with coal, gas and oil. The population is growing, driving demand for everything the world produces, all benefiting from fossil fuels, and thanks to hydraulic fracturing, further benefiting from lower prices of those fossil fuels, making goods and ser- vices more affordable. Nevertheless, in an ironic twist, many demonstrators were calling for higher energy prices forced on consumers through a carbon tax. They said a carbon tax would make refined oil products more expensive, which would cut consumption. How- ever, none of the marchers thought to consider the impact of higher energy prices on those with limited incomes, the people who would feel the pain if the cost of driving to work, cooking food, or staying warm were increased by government decree. It's one thing if the price of oil, gas or coal rises – or falls – during trading on commodity markets. But it's something else when the US government deliberately punishes consumers with high prices to alter their behavior. Compared with other protests and demonstrations, one charac- teristic of the People's Climate March stood out. The march was a call for the government to "do something", something drastic and heavy-handed, to stop, limit or derail activities that have been at the heart of domestic and global prosperity for the last century. However, some groups of marchers realized the government might not act. Those groups offered an alternative. They carried banners demanding the replacement of our democratic capitalist system with communism. However, a small group of people at the march took an opposing view. This counter-demonstration was undertaken by Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, his associate, Eric Dennis, and myself. We did our part to let marchers know about the benefits of fossil fuels. Rather than join the crowd and march along the two-mile parade route that went from Central Park West, down Sixth Avenue and over to the Far West Side of Manhattan, we took a stationary position in the middle of the Sixth Avenue. We stood facing the oncoming marchers, holding our signs waist high, signs bearing the message "I <3 (heart) Fossil Fuels". We were like matadors with red capes facing thousands and thousands of bulls. At the sight of us, some of them became angry and expressed their hostility. "I hope you get cancer and die," one woman said to me. Other comments were almost as harsh. Most of their shouts revealed how misinformed the protestors were, an unsurprising conclusion we reached after a few minutes of standing in their midst. Most of those who offered their thoughts were determined to hammer us with their beliefs about the doom they're certain is descending on the planet. The seas are rising, the air is becoming unbreath-

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