COMMENTARY | Recently a group of masked environmental radicals descended upon the home of Mark Maki, an executive of a company involved in the Keystone XL pipeline, bearing torches and threatening signs and berated him for that involvement.
The incident reflects a new found militancy among certain elements of the environmentalist movement in the wake of the State Department’s study that found little or no environmental impact from the proposed pipeline from the Alberta tar sand fields to Texas oil refineries. The Washington Examiner suggests that the environmental movement is split, with some calling for civil disobedience and perhaps outright terrorism to stop the pipeline and others urging calm.
Apparently some of the radicals are planning a March 2, 2014 march on the White House when some kind of civil disobedience action is planned, including “symbolic oil spills” on street intersections. They vow to bring “a human oil spill to President Obama’s front door.”
This kind of acting out is not likely to be met with any favor but just about anyone. Americans by an overwhelming majority favor building the rest of the pipeline, believing correctly that it will bring jobs, economic growth, and a move toward energy independence. Also transporting oil by a pipeline, as opposed to a train or truck, is relative safe from an environmental standpoint,
If a wave of civil disobedience and eco-terrorism descends upon the country, President Obama has only himself to blame. By dithering and delaying the pipeline he has given environmental extremist hope, perhaps a false one, that it will never be built. The delicious irony is that if the radicals start acting out, Obama may have no choice but to approve the pipeline, lest he be seen as caving in to terrorism. Thus the environmental radicals will help bring about what they say they fervently want to prevent.