Several enviro-extremists have been arrested in the United States for attempting to shut down five pipelines carrying Canadian oilsands crude from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast.
Activist group Climate Direct Action proudly took responsibility for cutting chains in order to access infrastructure to manually shut down the Express Pipeline in Montana, Enbridge’s Line 4 and 67, Keystone and TransMountain.
Spontaneous shut downs of pipelines are a danger to society and to the environment but activists always downplay the risks and never face serious consequences for these acts. The slap on the wrists isn’t enough to scare away future eco-terrorists and that’s why we continue to see this erratic and threatening behaviour.
Compare this to the Oregon standoff earlier this year, where a group of armed protestors occupied an abandoned National Wildlife Refuge to protest federal land use restrictions. That ended when Oregon State Police and the FBI shot and killed protestor Robert LaVoy Finicum.
A sit-in at an empty wildlife refuge resulted in the death of a protestor at the hands of law enforcement, while a slap on the wrist is what’s in order for activists who shut down five economic vehicles that provide an entire country with energy resources.
This isn’t surprising coming from a country led by Barack Obama who demonized Alberta pipelines, claiming that an extension of the Keystone pipeline would advance catastrophic climate change.
These politicians give activists a license to engage in dangerous acts, but only if it involves their favourite issues.