In the new Pixar animated film, Cars 2, big-oil is the bad guy. Well, what do you expect? You’d never see, for example, someone like George Soros profiting off government subsidies of green energy demonized in a film. Or someone like T. Boone Pickens raking in taxpayer money pushing a bill to force trucks to convert to natural gas (at taxpayers’ expense).
In an interview with the WSJ, Director, John Lasseter, says:
I kept thinking about, “OK. A spy movie in the world where cars are alive. What would be a really good kind of über bad guy? Who is an über bad guy?” I kept going to big oil. This is before what happened in the Gulf of Mexico.
Why isn’t alternative fuel more… Why isn’t everybody jumping on that bandwagon? It makes so much sense: Electricity, solar, whatever. There’s ethanol. There’s all this stuff you could be doing. And so I thought, well, that could be really cool in that you could have big oil versus alternative fuel. That’s when we kind of crafted the bad guy’s story.
Well, gee. It could be that ethanol uses more energy to produce than it makes. Or that the diversion of corn fields from the dinner table to the gas tank has driven up food prices worldwide. Or that the only way the industry profits is when they’re heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.
But the best quote from the interview is this:
The greatest bad guys, you understand where they’re coming from. They believe they’re doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s for greed, sometimes it’s for other reasons, but they are what they call the center of good. They always believe they’re doing the right thing.
Kind of like… liberals? Pushing a green economy for the greater good?