By John DiGiacobbe
As a high school senior in Medina, Ohio and chair of the Young
Americans for Freedom chapter on campus, I took initiative to stand
up for natural resources on "Earth Day" by wearing an "I Love
Fossil Fuels" shirt.
Of course, I was proud of the shirt. As I posted on Instagram, "We should be thanking Mother Earth for Fossil Fuels because
we owe our lives and livelihood to them."
Instead of productively studying for finals, a group of current
and former students at my high school took to social media to
attack me for my stance on this issue. Clearly these students weren't open to a civil
discussion or debate. Leftists claim to be tolerant
toward others' views, but these liberal students surely had no intention of
openly accepting my stance on the issue. It's ironic how liberals
are against bullying, yet they are perfectly comfortable with
maliciously attacking those who hold different viewpoints.
The outrage over my shirt also highlights the misinformation and propaganda surrounding the
environmental movement. In celebrating Earth Day, individuals ought
to be thankful for all the good that fossil fuels do. From heating
homes, powering cars, and generating new forms of technology,
natural resources have created a cleaner and safer environment. In
addition, expanding U.S. energy production has the capacity to
produce countless amounts of jobs for the American
people and reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
Still, those on the Left continue to demonize anyone who steps
outside the bubble of "Green Energy." Perhaps environmentalists
should objectively research the positive impact fossil fuels had on our country instead of mindlessly listening to what
their professors and the media tell them.
John DiGiacobbe is the chair of the Young Americans for Freedom Chapter at Highland High School in Medina, OH