Speaking at a debate on “fracking” at Colorado Christian University on Monday, a former employee of the Environmental Protection Agency compared the “ethical problem” of the oil drilling process to that of slavery.

“You know, slavery had a lot of economic benefits, but it had an ethical problem,” anti-fracking activist Wes Wilson said.

The room erupted in laughter, presumably at the outrageousness of the comparison — but we can’t be positive.

Watch the video via Revealing Politics:

UPDATE: TheCompleteColorado.com’s Michael Sandoval notes that Wilson wasn’t just talking about fracking, but also burning fossil fuels in general when he made the slavery comparison.

“Burning fossil fuels is an ethical problem. You can’t put under the seas Bangladesh or Micronesia because of our collective burning of fossil fuels. That’s what’s happening,” Wilson said.

Here’s a more complete video:

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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