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September 28, 2012

Let’s say you’re an industry group that has a stake in a certain form of technology.  You’d like to keep it on top, obviously.  Of course, there are legal regulations that you’d normally have to follow, tenets of good business, all of that…  Or you could just be a government.  (Heritage Foundation, via Hot Air)

While left-leaning Hollywood often targets supposed environmental evildoers, Promised Land was also produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, according to the preview’s list of credits. A spokesperson with DDA Public Relations, which is running PR for the film, confirmed that AD Media is a financier. The company is wholly owned by the government of the UAE.

A strong global market presence for American natural gas could also work to the UAE’s disadvantage. The Arab nation ranks seventh worldwide in proven natural gas reserves. For instance, Japan’s energy imports are expected to rise significantly over the next five years. The country is currently a major importer of UAE natural gas. If it decided to import more LNG from the United States to accommodate its increased energy demands, it could deal a blow to the UAE economy.

There’s nothing technically illegal with this, of course.  After all, Hollywood seeks funding in all sorts of places, and I’m SURE that nobody thought that the UAE would have any form of interest in oil when they funded a film that would obviously be anti-US-energy.

Or maybe…

I had a conversation with someone who is left of me… okay, check that, plenty of people are left of me… I had a conversation with someone who definately sits on the “green” side of the energy discussion.  As we started arguing about oil (again) they said (again) that they felt that US oil and gas production was an environmental disaster and that we shouldn’t do that to our country.  I asked what they thought about the Middle East and what they were doing to their contry, and I was surprised when they said they didn’t care.  Environmentalism for some people, apparently, is local.

Things like this make me first think, “…and they don’t know why everyone over there is so mad at us?”  Then I start thinking that the viewpoint is really pretty narrow.  The “global economy” thinkers generally believe that certain jobs just shouldn’t be in the US, but others should, and the worldview tilts to that.  Therefore, we have to fund education to stay ahead, kill any energy production because it’s messy, and put high-paying jobs in the US so they can be taxed to pay when all the other people can’t help themselves.  The unintended consequence of this is that we lock to a society where we’re asked to succeed with no real support, and then punished when we do.

Maybe I should not be thinking, “I wonder why the Middle East hates us,” and instead start thinking, “I wonder why our own citizens seem to hate us.”

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