FACT CHECK: Have the Benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Been Overstated?


A recent letter to the editor in the Virginian Pilot alleged the “benefits to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are overstated” and that “cons outweigh the pros,” suggesting “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would tie us to another 30 years at least of polluting, dangerous, not necessary and unwanted fossil fuel dependence.”




The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile underground pipeline that will carry natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina, has recently become one of the top targets for environmental activists looking to block the construction of new energy infrastructure as part of their …

Calls to Block DAPL Misguided & Misinformed

The Hill recently published an opinion column by Mike Faith, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST), calling for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be taken “out of operation permanently.”

But while exclusively focusing on political rhetoric and anti-fossil fuel ideology, the author fails to recognize the inconvenient facts and reality that bolster the case for Dakota Access and modern energy infrastructure development.


To start with, DAPL has been safely operating for more than three years, transporting up to 570,000 bpd from the Bakken oil fields to the Patoka Oil Terminal …

State of North Dakota Corrects the Record on Impact of Potential DAPL Shutdown

The State of North Dakota recently filed a brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia emphasizing the detrimental impact shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would cause, and correcting inaccurate statements made in a recent brief filed by several tribes and a report by Dr. Marie Fagan – both of which call for the pipeline’s operation to be suspended.

This comes after a federal judge ruled in March that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on DAPL, despite its safe operations for three years – safely transporting …

MSNBC’s Cal Perry Still Playing Fast & Loose With the Facts

A video of MSNBC’s Cal Perry has gone viral this week after the reporter got caught shaming Wisconsin residents for not wearing masks, despite his own cameraman neglecting to wear one. The hypocrisy was brought to light near the end of the video, after Perry calls out a mask-less bystander who quickly points out that the cameraman isn’t wearing one either. Of course, Perry doesn’t have much to say in response.

But this isn’t …

Activists Conveniently Conflate Coronavirus Pandemic with Climate Change

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

Rev. Jackson’s Call for Pipeline Spotlights Hypocrisy of Democrats’ Opposition to Natural Gas

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?

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 …

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Activists Gather in Cars, Fueled by Gasoline, to Protest Mariner East Pipeline

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 …

FACT CHECK: Will Line 3 “sit empty?”


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 …

FACT CHECK: Are Energy Companies Exploiting The Pandemic?


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, …