In a recent op-ed published in The Hill, environmental activists seized the pandemonium surrounding the coronavirus as an opportunity to promote their environmental priorities and to make the case against the use of fossil fuels – even going as far as to claim the next COVID stimulus package should include provisions to further their ideological goals of eliminating these fuels and direct investment in renewable sources.
The op-ed is representative of a broader distorted view of reality adopted by the environmental Left. In the piece, the authors claim: “Those of us on the frontlines of the climate crisis …
Many leading Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, proudly tout their anti-energy policies as though they were safeguarding the interests of average Americans by threatening the workers and industry that power the economy, heat their homes, and fuel their vehicles. After months of increasingly extreme proposals, some figures on the left have finally challenged the direction of the party’s energy platform. In a recent op-ed published in RealClear Energy, industry expert Kyle Isakower explains how Reverend Jesse Jackson’s defense of natural gas reveals the hypocrisy of the left’s war against American energy.
Rev. Jackson recently deviated from party …
FACT CHECK: Did the Dakota Access Pipeline spill 580,000 gallons of oil?
CLAIM: A recent op-ed by Austin Graham in the San Marcos Record in opposition to the use of oil and pipeline development alleges:
The Dakota Access Pipeline has spilled 580,000 gallons of oil into the sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux people. They protested knowing this would happen and were shot with rubber bullets, forcefully sprayed with water hoses and pepper sprayed, but anything for short term economic gain, right?
This opinion piece is a strong reminder that environmental activists often ignore the …
As reported by Southeast Pennsylvania paper the Daily Local, more than two dozen local anti – pipeline activists, organized by the ‘Mama Bear Brigade’ and Food & Water Watch – Pennsylvania, gathered in their cars to abide by social distancing recommendations while protesting Mariner East construction deemed life sustaining by Governor Tom Wolf.
Specifically, one protestor claimed “Mariner East is the exact opposite of life-sustaining and Gov. Wolf needs to rescind the waivers.”
Pipeline activists in Pennsylvania have long refused to acknowledge the value and importance of the Mariner East pipeline system to the Commonwealth. Further, opponents fail to …
A recent letter to the editor in the Duluth News Tribune expressing opposition to the proposed Line 3 Replacement project noted there is a “glut of cheap oil in the world, that the “Line 3 pipeline seems destined to be a stranded asset,” and that it will “sit empty.”
The letter fails to recognize the basics of how supply and demand work. Yes, given the current unprecedented challenges facing the global economy, there is an excess of crude oil and prices have hit rock bottom.
But when the COVID-19 pandemic passes, demand will rapidly increase …
Writing in The Guardian, Bill McKibben claims that “big oil is using the coronavirus to push through the Keystone XL pipeline,” in part because states continue to enact laws protecting critical infrastructure projects, construction
“(A) series of states quickly adopted laws making it a felony to protest “critical infrastructure” like pipelines. (Last week South Dakota, a crucial link on the KXL route, made it a felony even to “incite” such protest.) And the Department of Health and Human Services issued a memorandum exempting pipeline construction from stay-at-home orders because such work was “critical” – that is, …
The coronavirus has continued to take its toll on the American economy – forcing non-essential businesses to shutter, driving up unemployment, and testing our healthcare system. But there has also been a fair amount of misinformation disseminated regarding the virus. CNN recently reported “One of the most recent, baseless conspiracy theories surrounding the virus is that 5G networks — the next generation of wireless technology that’s steadily being rolled out around the world — are fueling the global coronavirus pandemic.”
CNN and many other mainstream media outlets have been quick to quash misinformation regarding claims …
EcoWatch reports on legislation approved in Kentucky, South Dakota and West Virginia designed to protect critical infrastructure projects and the workers who build them:
“While we are all paying attention to COVID-19 and the congressional stimulus packages, state legislatures are quietly passing fossil-fuel-backed anti-protest laws,” Greenpeace USA researcher Connor Gibson, who alerted HuffPost to the laws’ passage, told the news site. “These laws do nothing new to protect communities. Instead they seek to crack down on the sort of nonviolent civil disobedience that has shaped much of our nation’s greatest political and social victories.”
CLAIM: The Roanoke Times recently published an opinion column alleging that pipelines are dangerous – specifically the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines that are currently under construction. The column also alleges these “dangerous projects” have “no clear benefits.”
Like almost any process, transporting energy involves some level of risk. However, pipelines have played a key role in mitigating such risk. They have been determined to be the safest, most efficient, and most environmentally-conscious method of delivering the natural gas and oil that millions of Americans rely on each and every day.
When comparing …
University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt News published
an opinion column calling for the
Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172 mile crude oil pipeline that runs from North
Dakota to Illinois, to be shut down as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
conducts an additional environmental impact statement (EIS) on the pipeline as ordered by a federal
judge last week. The column reads:
Until a more in-depth environmental statement is complete, we will not know the full scope of the pipeline’s risks. It’s possible that the USACE was accurate in its findings, but it’s also possible that the tribe’s concerns are valid.