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OSU student protesters try to deplatform me—and fail
Before my speech at OK State University earlier this week, dozens of protestors tried to discourage everyone from attending by handing out false propaganda against me...here's how I responded
Before my speech at Oklahoma State University earlier this week, dozens of protestors tried to discourage everyone from attending by handing out propaganda falsely portraying me as ignorant, a “climate change denier,” and a racist.
I tried to engage the protesters directly, offering them the opportunity to share their concerns publicly before I spoke and promising to address those concerns.
Unfortunately, they kept shouting at me anytime I tried to string two sentences together, and the vast majority refused to attend even under my generous terms. Happily, the protesters failed to deter other students from attending; the auditorium was packed with some 250 people. And even a few of the protesters came in and watched (mostly) politely.
I began my presentation by totally discrediting the propaganda of the protesters, and then proceeded to walk them step by step through the methodology, facts, and logic that have led me to conclude that global human flourishing requires the freedom to use more fossil fuels and other truly cost-effective forms of energy. Thanks to Young America’s Foundation for helping put together the event, and thanks to all the active-minded OSU students who attended and listened despite others' attempts to deplatform me.
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