By: Debbie RolenStaff Writer
May 22, 2013
Keystone pipeline protesters paying at the pump
By our reckoning, the protesters trying to stall an oil pipeline have consumed copious amounts of gasoline getting to and from protest sites and to fuel the police cars taking them to jail. As far as we know, no bicycles have been confiscated when the protesters are arrested for chaining themselves to construction equipment.
Protesters have trickled in from around the country to make a stand against the Keystone XL pipeline. They get arrested, post bail and return home in motor vehicles fueled by the very stuff they’re protesting.
The latest gallon of asininity pumped out by an arrestee included the line that the pipeline project is “uprooting trees, murdering birds and destroying habitat, killing little critters.” The same could be said of every highway project ever built in Oklahoma. Those highways carry the protesters to their destinations. They carry oil not transmitted by pipelines.
Unlike the pipelines, highways stay above ground so trees can never grow over them. Little critters are destroyed daily. We call it road kill.
TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, has gone to court to keep protesters from disrupting pipeline construction. As our veteran readers know, we’re not big fans of the trial bar. But this is one case in which we hope the plaintiffs prevail.
And speaking of little critters, the protesters amount to little more than gnats on an elephant in the long term. The 485-mile pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast will be built. It has the blessing of one Barack Obama, not known (at least in his press releases) for being insensitive to trees, birds or habitat.
Protesters claim the lawsuit is an attempt to “criminalize” dissent. Hogwash. They can sing songs and carry signs without chaining themselves to bulldozers. We would suggest that they walk to protest venues. This would consume less fuel and help clean the windshield of smugness that sullies their every move.
— Distributed by The Associated Press