Part 25 of my third global warming science fiction novel “Last Week”. Link to Part 01: “Back To Paradise Era”.
CHAPTER SEVEN BUY&HOARD
Sunday, February 13, 2023, 10:32 P.M.
“Nice shot, Senator,” John Baker said.
“Thanks. Your turn,” Senator Annalina Nutt answered.
They were playing a round of golf at the exclusive country club where they both had a membership. It cost a fortune to get in, but John Baker had helped the Senator a bit with that. They played one round together, on the second Sunday of each month.
Senator Nutt was not a very good golf player. Nor did she have much of an interest in the game. But she understood that it was good for her business to spend some time with John Baker, CEO of Non Standard Oil, on a regular basis. Also, it gave her a source of sand for her real interest. The study of pocketsand.
John Baker was not a very good golf player. Nor did he have much of any interest in the game. But he understood that it was good for his business to spend some time with Senator Nutt, one of the most powerful politicians in his pocket, on a regular basis. He used some golf balls for some of his magic tricks.
“I really need to work on my swing,” John Baker said. “How’s the Arctic drilling bill going?”
“It is a cliffhanger right now. The environmental terrorists are squealing about it. Which of course means we’re doing exactly the right thing. Anything that annoys them makes my day. They have published model calculations. The bill will be worth around $5 billion in tax breaks to the oil industry,” Senator Nutt explained.
“Will it now?” John Baker asked.
Of course he knew that it would be worth around that. He had people simulating the tax effects of new legislation for a living. He needed to know exactly what he bought.
“I’m not exactly sure,” Senator Nutt said. “Anyway, I’ll point out that we need the oil to keep prices down at the pump, and to keep jobs in the country. We’ve already decided who gets to vote against this in the Senate. Exactly forty Senators. Don’t worry, this will pass all right next week. By the way, thank you for your latest paper. That about “Fossil Fuel as a Job Machine”. I found it most interesting.”
“Glad to be useful,” John Baker said. “You had no trouble getting the message, I assume? Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.”
“I got it all right,” Senator Nutt said, smiling. “Keep those position papers coming. They are most helpful in forming an opinion.”
“I will. I most certainly will. You can count on it,” John Baker said. “Let’s discuss that new environmental nutcase. That Princess from the 24th Century. Do you think she might become a threat to our message?”
“I’m not sure yet. I wasn’t impressed too much by her presentation of sea level rise. Anyone could do that. Even the Greenpeace clowns. And she showed me a quite disgusting computer game. That certainly didn’t help to get my support,” Senator Nutt said.
“What was that about?”
“So, these environmental terrorists have programmed a computer game character that looks exactly like me. And in the game, that character was nailed to a cross lying flat on the ground, clearly in great pain. That’s when I stopped looking, so I don’t know why they call it a ‘solar’ cross. Absolutely disgusting. I need to sue that ‘Princess’ once I know where to reach her,” Senator Nutt explained.
“There’s nothing these terrorists would stop at,” John Baker said. “Do you need to step up your security?”
“No. I don’t think so. I always have security covered. I’m long enough in this business to know that there are a lot of crazy people out there who would love to kill me. Actually, I think it would be nice if that Princess did try to attack me. I prepared a special mix of pocketsand yesterday just for her. Sand from this golf course as a base, and dried powder from the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili pepper, the hottest chili on the planet. It has over 1.5 million Scoville Heat Units, which is about 30 times the power of Tabasco. I added some crushed black diamond dust, as a sign of respect for her royalty. I’d love to throw some of that into her eyes,” Senator Nutt said. She fondled the new packet of sand in her pocket lovingly, smiling at the thought.
“Have you heard from her since?” John Baker said. “She’s completely dropped off the radar. My people have no idea where she is. And for someone who has only one week left to live she’s sure taking it easy with her global warming campaign. Not that I have any problem with that, of course.”
“No. I hear that she suddenly bolted and ran away after that meeting. But I haven’t heard from her since. At least not directly. She wrote a blog post about the meeting, though. It’s got some traction, Theo and Roberto picked it up. I hear from the NSA that she got around three hundred thousand readers for that,” Senator Nutt said.
John Baker knew of that blog post, of course. And he had his sources at NSA as well, who had told him the same thing. Nothing to worry about. His media machine was bigger by at least two orders of magnitude. Alexandrina Heathershaw’s blog alone had over ten times as many readers.
“So, what do we do about that Princess?” John Baker asked.
“Nothing, as far as I’m concerned. Just ignore her. She’s just another crazy environmental terrorist. Maybe a slight security problem. She did get into my office without my authorization, after all, which is some cause for concern. But I say just forget about her,” Senator Nutt said.
“Sounds reasonable. What about her friend? That guy with her? Do you have a handle on him? Who was that?” John Baker asked.
“I have no idea. Probably some driver, or what she thinks is security. Frankly, I don’t exactly care,” Senator Nutt said.
“I see,” John Baker said. “I am not sure, though. I think they should get some attention. They may be a more serious enemy than they seemed at the meeting. Actually I decided to put a tail on them after looking at the live feed. Those ‘Glaring Glasses’ are rather powerful, whatever they are. I need to find them, and inspect them. I think it would be a good idea to take her up on the offer of having an expert chosen by you look at the device. Could you kindly do that for me? I really want to find out more about them.”
“I can do that,” Senator Nutt said. “I declined at the meeting, but I just changed my mind. If it’s of any use to you, I’ll be happy to have someone look at those glasses. Please have your people suggest someone adequate for the job. I’ll then have my staff contact the Princess over her Twitter feed and her blog.”
Link to part 26: Buy and Hoard Fossil Fuel