Fights over pipelines are counterproductive distractions. Why not fight for legislation that makes the sale of fuel-burning cars and trucks illegal? German legislation like this, and it’s perfectly feasible.
Yes, I’m insensitive to so many people who work very hard, and at great personal risk, to protest pipelines. But oil companies themselves like nothing better than to have large popular movements protesting one pipeline or another, one after another (Pipeline protests in one place or another have been in the news for as long as I can remember. I remember seeing them, as a kid, in educational pamphlets about environment and government in classrooms in the 1970s)
Why would oil companies want protesters protesting pipelines? I’ll get to that. First though, what’s wrong with my attitude? I hear you:
“Your holier-than-thou attitude; your purer than fresh-fallen snow condescension; you sit at your computer…and denigrate what others do, and you’ve accomplished soooo much…”
Yes, and you sound like Jack Black saying that: “You create something! You, ca-kay-ous!” https://youtu.be/HeKx6EuMZWM <<< Listen, it’s funny.
Yes, I’m holier-than-thou and pure as fresh-fallen snow, condescending, and I’ve accomplished nothing. But that changes none of the facts that aren’t about me.
If oil companies had set out to devise a grand strategy, the purpose of which is to sap, scuttle, and waste, the time and energy of everyone interested in climate change and the necessary move away from fuel-burning energy sources, then they couldn’t have devised a more effective method of wasting those good intentions than periodically staging pipeline protests. And the more dramatic the protests, the more intense the standoffs, the better.
Logic alone shows this. No evidence needed. No proof of conspiracy needed.
Here’s the logic:
Q: What happens during a pipeline protest?
A: The protest movement expends a great deal of intellectual and physical energy, and must be sustained inexhaustibly to achieve its goal
Q: What impact does a pipeline protest have on the oil industry if the protest achieves its goal?
A: There is no impact on the oil industry. The pipeline will be rerouted.
Q: What if pipeline protests scale up 10x or 100x, from one pipeline to tens or hundreds of pipelines?
A: No impact on the oil industry. Oil companies reroute pipelines in some cases, and increase rail transport in others.
Protesting an oil pipeline is like protesting a branch of the internet. If you close off an internet pipe or connection, the internet just goes around. You can chase the internet all over the place but it’s everywhere. Chasing it becomes a waste, right from the start. Pipeline protests are black hole energy voids. It doesn’t matter how much energy you put into them; you never get anything in return. You pour your heart and soul and intellectual and financial and physical energy into these protests, and you never get anything back for your effort. The black hole absorbs all, scuttles all, wastes all.
The protests are designed, by oil companies, to sap and scuttle all human energy, and divert it away from all of the kinds of actions that actually could, and would, significantly reduce oil consumption, and positively impact climate change. For example: action that demands new laws that make the sale of new fuel-burning cars and trucks illegal after a certain date, say 2025ish, or 2030, like this, http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/germany-pushes-europe-ban-gas-diesel-cars/ , German, and proposed EU legislation. This article came up in a Facebook discussion, “Germany wants gas-powered cars banned in Europe”
“I need something for US or California “
The answer there is, you may have to create it.
I haven’t heard of anything comparable in the US.
Instead we protest pipelines.