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FACT CHECK: Newspaper Claims State Laws Make Protesting Illegal

CLAIM: UK-based The Guardian claims that, “Seven states have passed laws that ratchet up the penalties for activists protesting or even planning protests of oil and gas pipelines and other `critical infrastructure.’”

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False

FACT CHECK

The Guardian is buying into extremists’ claims that state laws are aimed at their First Amendment right to protest through free speech and assembly. Nothing, however, in any of the laws infringe upon their rights to speech and assembly.

Instead, they are aimed at penalizing and curbing dangerous and illegal behavior that endanger workers, law-enforcement officials and the protesters themselves. That’s why the …

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FACT CHECK: Study Claims Natural Gas Will Play Larger Role in Climate Change Than Coal

CLAIM: A new study claims that proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) will play “as large or larger role” as new coal investments in causing global warming. The Global Energy Monitor study said the impact would occur “if all planned projects go ahead.”

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False

FACT CHECK

A 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Energy found the opposite. In fact, the study concluded: “This analysis has determined that the use of U.S. LNG exports for power production in European and Asian markets will not increase (greenhouse gas) emissions, on a life cycle perspective, when compared to regional coal extraction …

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