Strawman: No, You Can't Just Pretend That People Hate Fossil Fuels

In one of those "I can't believe I have to write this posts" - No, energy wonks, you can't just pretend that people hate fossil fuels. It's a strawman and a distortion of views.

What's happening here is a speaker trying to convince the public that the opponent's views are actually some more extreme caricature of their actual views. Sure, there are some small minority of people who want to end fossil fuel use tomorrow, but the vast majority of people have a balanced view and understand both the positive and negative effects fossil fuels have had on society. Acknowledging our societal and personal use of fossil fuels, while advocating a sensible transition away from fossil fuels, is not being a hypocrite - it's having an adult conversation about energy policy.