There's a lot of rhetoric and extremism out there around almost every issue, including energy policy. With all the noise, it can be hard to separate the fact from folly.
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How far would you go to combat climate change? Forgo having children? Kill your dog? Wish your parents (or grandparents) an early death?
But the nuns' embrace of multi-family residential construction would suggest that their lawsuit is less about their religious right to “treasure land as a gift of beauty,” and more about Lancaster Against Pipelines’ embrace of the “Keep It in the Ground” movement’s activist agenda.
While CDP said the report is “aimed at investors wishing to better understand the amount of carbon associated with their fossil fuel holdings,” it’s important to understand that the activists have also threatened to use this database in future lawsuits against individual oil and natural gas companies.
Upon hearing this damning and unambiguous recommendation against divestment, the never-at-a-loss-for-words activist group 350 Seattle live-tweeted this thoughtful rejoinder: “ARRAGGGGGGGHHH.”
Much like faith-healing sects whose strict anti-medical religious doctrines result in countless preventable deaths of innocent children, the anti-pipeline “religion” threatens to harm the very people it purports to “protect.”
The Oklahoma Attorney General's letter to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones didn't pull any punches, stating "Your call for divestment and attempt to publicly shame those who invest in American energy appears to be driven by politics unrelated to insurance regulation, animus towards the fossil fuel industry and those that depend on it, and a desire to discriminate against those who transact in commerce that mostly takes place outside your state."
Yet, many people—apparently ignorant of the vital role that oil and natural gas play in their daily lives—continue to signal their virtue by simultaneously denouncing and depending on oil and natural gas.
But rather than apologize for the burden that these out-of-state activists imposed upon the taxpayers of North Dakota, the protesters bragged about it and threatened to use the same tactics on other communities who refused to give in to their extremist demands.
But even though the mythology of the anti-pipeline movement is attracting all manner of violent extremists and self-serving hypocrites, the facts are getting in the way of their collective effort to “keep it in the ground.” And we don’t need to look any further than Standing Rock itself to see just how badly these protestors have mangled the facts.
Much as “Keep It in the Ground” extremists would like to believe otherwise, all sectors of our nation—from emergency services to manufacturing to agriculture—depend upon oil and natural gas products.
Attempting to incapacitate or destroy the pipelines that transport these critical elements is not a legitimate form of protest or an attention-getting ploy. It is an act of terrorism that could endanger their own lives, the lives of innocent people in surrounding communities, and the environment.