Utah Schoolchildren Asked to Promote Oil Drilling, Coal Mining on Earth Day

| by Michael Allen
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School children in Utah have been invited to enter a state-sponsored Earth Day poster contest that celebrates oil, gas and coal mining.

This year’s Earth Day contest theme is “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?”

Ironically, Earth Day was created by environmentalists who were opposed to corporations destroying the land and polluting the earth for financial gain.

This year’s contest was sponsored by members of the oil and coal industry, including: Salt Lake Petroleum Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining, reports

The pro-pollution contest claims it wants to “to improve students’ and the public’s awareness of the important role that oil, gas, and mining play in our everyday lives.”

The children were not asked to make posters about the climate changes caused by fossil fuels or coal mining, which is scientifically supported, reports the Salt Lake Tribune:

Based on extensive scientific research, there is very high confidence that human-generated increases in greenhouse gas concentrations are responsible for most of the global warming observed during the past 50 years. It is very unlikely that natural climate variations alone, such as changes in the brightness of the sun or carbon dioxide emissions from volcanoes, have produced this recent warming.

...Utah is projected to warm more than the average for the entire globe and the expected consequences of this warming are fewer frost days, longer growing seasons, and more heat waves.

Sources: Utah.Gov, Salt Lake Tribune,