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Clueless Oil Man Accidentally Pitches Sierra Club On Drilling Scheme

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune appears to have received quite the pitch this week.

Brune posted an exchange to Facebook on Friday that he had with an unnamed oil executive. According to Brune's note, the man tried to sell him the craziest climate change theory we've heard yet -- that it's a case of "not to worry" because once oil leaves the ground, it will "reconstitute itself." The oil executive capped that explanation with the tip that "most people don't know this."

Brune's experience comes days after dozens of senators held an all-nighter on climate change. The event was aimed at sparking a renewed effort to pass legislation curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

"We have a simple message for all Americans: We're not going to rest until Congress acts on the most pressing issue of our time," said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who organized the movement.

A November 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll found that a majority of Americans did not hold the "not to worry" approach toward climate change. Of the 1,000 individuals polled, 55 percent said they thought climate change is tied to more frequent and severe natural disasters. Only 10 percent said human activity is not contributing to climate change at all and nine percent said climate change is not occurring.

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