FACT CHECK: ACLU of South Dakota Wants to Sue Law Enforcement Official Over Riot Boosting Law

CLAIM: The ACLU of South Dakota claims it should be able to sue law enforcement officials over a new riot boosting law that is designed to protect critical infrastructure projects and those who work on them. The ACLU claims the Pennington County sheriff can be sued because he has “discretion in whether and how to enforce the challenged laws, and the vagueness of the challenged laws requires (the sheriff) to exercise discretion and make choices in enforcing the law. Each time (the sheriff) makes a choice about the laws’ meaning, as the highest official in the county for that action, …

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Big Money, Big Jets and the Promise to Protect

The Hill published an op-ed this week from a member of the Promise to Protect coalition, a group dedicated to training and organizing protests designed to disrupt pipeline projects across the country. The op-ed portrays the organization as a scrappy little mom and pop start-up led by Native American tribes:

In creating prayer camps and putting our bodies on the line to defend our planet, we’ve learned a great deal about taking peaceful and direct action for a cause you believe in. Native leaders are now offering guidance and perspective to communities already working to stop oil and gas extraction

Anti-Pipeline Group Honor the Earth Has #MeToo Reckoning

Above Image: Winona LaDuke, founder and executive director of Honor the Earth  discusses the Dakota Access Pipeline during an appearance on Democracy Now! in 2016.

A prominent Minnesota environmental group is now in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement, accused of trying to silence a former employee who was sexually harassed by a coworker “credibly accused” of molesting young boys.

Honor the Earth “failed to take these accusations seriously” and cultivated a workplace environment where claims of sexual harassment when unaddressed, according to a lawsuit filed recently filed by former employee Margret Campbell.

The complaint details how Michael Dahl, …

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Drake Buys a Great Big Jet

Drake, the rapper who has been praised in recent years for his “epiphany about climate change,” seems to have lost his way.

The formerly eco-friendly superstar took to Instagram last week to show off his new plane. It’s not a Cessna Citation X. It’s not a Learjet 60. It’s not a Gulfstream G550.

Nope. Drake got himself a 767.

Depending on the model, a 767 has a fuel burn rate of 17 to 21 pounds a minute. NBC reported that a 767 burns about 9,000 gallons of jet fuel on a cross country flight (or about …

FACT CHECK: Greenpeace Misrepresents Legislation Aimed at Protecting Pipeline Projects

CLAIM: A staff attorney for Greenpeace USA claims that legislation introduced in Statehouses across the country to protect pipeline projects and those who work on them is instead aimed at “restricting the right to protest,” even while admitting the bills “are not seeking to target protest generally, they are much more sneaky than that.”

RATING: False

FACT CHECK

The bills are not at all “sneaky,” nor do they restrict the right to legally protect. In fact, they are straightforward – and they are all aimed at illegal acts:

HYPOCRISY WATCH: George Clooney Loves the Environment – And a Giant Carbon Footprint

George Clooney feels very strongly about the environment. So much so he went on Jimmy Kimmel’s show to call climate change skeptics a whole lot of bad names. (Follow the link to see what he had to say.)

One would assume Clooney is doing his part to reduce his carbon footprint to protect the environment, right? Well … no.

Clooney loves private plans more than he loves fighting climate change. Here’s a look at some of his publicized private flights around the world:

July 2018: “George Clooney was spotted boarding a private jet to make his way out …

Anti-Pipeline Protester Allegedly Planned ‘Armed Rebellion’ Along U.S-Mexico Border

An activist involved in the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protests has been linked to an alleged plot to “stage an armed rebellion” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to an unclassified FBI report reviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune, “anti-fascist activists” led by Evan K. Duke III planned to buy guns from a Mexican cartel in order to “disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexico border.”

The suspected plot isn’t the first time the self-proclaimed Antifa leader has resorted to violence to further his radial agenda. During the winter of 2016-17, Duke spent several months in North …

Campaign Contributions Suggest Pay-For-Play Behind PA Lawmaker’s Anti-Pipeline Vendetta

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has benefited handsomely from his anti-pipeline vendetta, according to campaign finance data analyzed by the website Natural Gas Now.

The report found that state Sen. Andy Dinniman, a Democrat and leading critic of the Mariner East pipeline project, has accepted nearly $80,000 in campaign contributions from a real estate developer engaged in a lawsuit against the owner of the pipeline. According to Natural Gas Now:

Hankin Group was the second highest contributor to Andy Dinniman’s between 2014 and 2018, donating $29,500 to the ongoing campaign. Just two months before the lawsuit was announced, the Hankin

FACT CHECK: Texas Legislation Protects Critical Infrastructure, Doesn’t Allow Arrest For Mere Demonstration

CLAIM: The Texas Observer suggests that a bill before the state legislature designed to protect critical infrastructure projects would “chill civil disobedience” and allow authorities to arrest people for “simply demonstrating with signs at oil and gas sites, since their protest and presence could be construed as impeding operations.”

RATING: False

FACT CHECK

Texas House Bill 3557 is clear in its language:

A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, the person intentionally or knowingly: (1) damages, destroys, vandalizes, defaces, or tampers with a critical infrastructure facility; or (2) impedes, inhibits, or otherwise interferes with …

Media Silent As Union Leader Calls for Friel Otten’s Resignation

A local union leader is calling on Pennsylvania state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten to resign after she likened union members working on the Mariner East pipeline to Nazis. The freshman lawmaker made the alarming comparison in a tweet following her participation in a weekend protest that briefly halted construction on a section of the project.

“Not only did she break the law on Saturday by blocking a road with her cronies, she also put the men and women who were working on the project in harms way. But that is not what has angered me to the point of calling …