Good Grief: Dallas Reboot Incorporates “Green”


For those who watched the new Dallas reboot (I didn’t. Wasn’t interested in the first, not interested in this one), did you catch the underlying theme? No? Well, let Time Magazines Ecocentric explain it

In case you thought that the battle between big oil and alternative fuel had cooled down, Hollywood has proven that the debate is hot enough to inspire soap opera-style drama. The central conflicts in the new reboot of the TV show “Dallas,” which premiered Wednesday night on TNT, revolve around questions of clean energy.

The Ewing clan, as we know from the first version of the show (which aired from 1978 to 1991), made its money in the oil business. In this new version, writers have attempted to update the show by using clean energy as a catalyst for conflict among the family members. The main struggle lies between Christopher and John Ross. Christopher, the “good guy,” has abandoned drilling in favor of exploring alternative energy sources; his hopes lie in methane hydrates (frozen methane trapped on the ocean floor). John Ross, on the other hand, is a fracking fanatic. In typical big oil, bad guy fashion, he is a liar and cheater motivated purely by his greed. Much of the tension in the show will surely arise from John Ross’ desire to drill in Southfork, home to the Ewing family.

And there you have it: Dallas is all about evil fossil fuels versus super awesome green energy. I wonder if they realize that methane is a considerably more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Probably not. Facts and science tend to be lost on Warmists. But, the use of this method to create conflict will be sure to drive people to change the channel as they are constantly preached at.

Oh, and if you loved the movie The Avengers, Time makes sure to ruin it for you

“Dallas” is not the first Hollywood franchise to structure a plot around the question of clean energy. Just a month ago, the team of superheroes in The Avengers took on the villain Loki in a fight for the Tesseract, an energy source of unknown power. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu referenced the Tesseract in a Facebook wall post that asked Congress to extend the renewable energy tax credits, comparing the battle for the Tesseract to the global competition for clean energy. Even though the team must return the Tesseract to its home planet at the end of the film, Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) succeeds in using the same technology that power his Iron Man suit to give his flagship skyscraper Stark Tower a self-sustaining energy supply.

Clean energy would be great, if many Warmists would stop blocking projects when they get beyond the paper stage and move to the construction phase. If someone did actually try and use something like the Tesseract, or build an energy source like Tony Stark did in the Ironman movies, environmentalists, the EPA, and an alphabet soup of federal agencies would be all over them with a raft of lawsuits and regulations.

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