Keystone Pipeline Protest Showcases Opposition’s Hypocrisy

Who's up for a petition to lower the temperature of the sun?


WASHINGTON– Hundreds of Keystone Pipeline protestors descended on the Nation’s capital last week to participate in a march from Georgetown University to the White House where they urged President Obama to join in their dissent.

Clad in plastic suits and Captain Planet costumes, the crowd of college students and their environmentalist elders bore clever homemade signs denouncing fossil fuels and equating climate change to class warfare. Though they turned out to protest a variety of “environmental crises,” their hypocrisy stole the show.

“I flew here from Boulder [Colorado],” said one protestor, who later signed a mock petition asking Congress “to pass legislation that would lower the Earth’s temperatures.”

Last January, the New York Times reported that “one round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.” According to the article’s author, air travel could easily be considered Americans “biggest carbon sin.”

However, the fossil-fuel foes who boasted their decision to travel by greyhound or road-trip in their Toyota Prius, deserve a dose of reality as well. Last year, Climate Central issued a report which stated that “in 39 states, an electric car actually produces more emissions from its manufacture to its 50,000th mile than a gas and electric-powered hybrid.”

Further hypocrisy ensued when the very protesters who claimed the  Keystone XL Pipeline’s approval would devastate the economy and lock us into a trajectory of guaranteed job loss, eagerly signed a petition to ban domestic oil drilling in the United States.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2007 and 2012 the oil and natural gas industry “increased by more than 162,000 jobs.” The U.S. Energy Information Administration went further, writing that “beyond within-sector employment, oil and gas industry activity also directly supports output and employment in other domestic sectors, such as suppliers of pipe, drilling equipment, and other drilling materials.”

Rather than supporting the abolition of an industry responsible for massive job growth, perhaps these protestors – who declared concern over reports allegedly linking the pipeline to unemployment – should extol it.

One can only hope they mulled this over on their long, fossil fueled flights home. The protest took place last Sunday.

Gabriella Morrongiello

Gabriella Morrongiello

Gabriella Morrongiello is studying political science and journalism at The George Washington University. She was founding chairwoman of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Oregon State University. Her work has often been featured on Fox News and the Drudge Report.

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  1. Bighoss

    March 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

    This is a silly, baseless article for sure. Folks are not hypocritical when they avail themselves of the AVAILABLE means of transportation to travel to a location where they can assemble and make important statements about major natural resource decisions at locations where they can be seen and heard by decision makers. It is the result of decades of bad public policy decisions that this nation does not have more energy efficient and lower carbon-emitting means of transportation. How should these advocates or sound energy policy have gotten there–by walking, bicycling, or horseback? Come ON, Ms. Morrongiello–get real! You must have been programmed by Fox News to produce the same kind of shabby commentary they shovel up all too often.

    • rick0857

      March 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I believe she was pointing out that those in attendance are pretty much whats left of the burnt out hippies from the sixties who are just to STUPID to realize their own hypocrisy. Too lazy to research their own ideas of replacement energy and the damage it does. These are a buch of morons who don’t know why they are protesting they just know where to be and what time to be there. The cause will be given to them ON SITE where being the DUTIFUL TROLLS that they are is when the FEIGNED OUTRAGE begins.

      • Daniel F. Melton

        March 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

        Protesting is probably their primary source of income.

      • Bighoss

        March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        No. The article’s focus on the protestors’ use of air travel and the resultant burning of fuel–with release of carbon–is a silly-ass criticism for the reasons I set forth, you have made no effort to rebut.. She said NOTHING at all about “burnt out hippies from the sixties”.

        • Grundune

          March 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          How about this, Bighoss. There is no evidence that man’s activities have modified the climate. Perhaps you confuse “settled” science with scientific proofs. Man caused climate change is so far from reality that spending one dollar to change the climate is absurd. These protestors that you defend are useful idiots of the left just as you appear to be for riding their bandwagon.

          • Bighoss

            March 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

            I will tell you WHAT about that. You are simply spouting the line generated by big coal and others who fund the work of hired dissident climatostitutes in a vain and silly effort to deny discredit the evidence of global climate change.

          • jimchambers

            March 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            Pull your head out, Bighoss. You can’t be as stupid as the arguments you are trying to make.
            Big coal? I think you mean big energy, consisting of carbon producing industries.
            Let’s take just one instance: In order to get food delivered to them during the winter (you know, those months when food doesn’t grow in the northern hemisphere) someone has to expend energy. That produce (I will leave out meat as most of these fools won’t eat that) won’t get there by itself. None of these poor hypocritical saps would find anything to eat after cross country skiing to the grocery store (skiing because of all the snow and cold generated by all this global warming and because you know they will not drive given their views on energy usage) if their ideas were taken seriously.
            Let’s take another instance: how do they heat the hovels in which they exist? I would presume that each and every one of them burn some sort of fuel to generate heat. Even to generate electricity, other than hydro and nuclear, some fuel has to be incinerated. From that combustion CO2 is exhausted as a byproduct. No CO2=no heat=Very cold hippies.
            Additionally, you and others have made global climate a liberal political issue thus ensuring that a certain number of liberal scientists (the majority being such having been indoctrinated in college) would sign on to the cause even though there is, to my knowledge, little or no solid evidence proving global warming (excuse me, now it’s climate change since the warming thing fell through isn’t it?). I’ve searched for that evidence and everything I have come across has either been flawed in the research or reached such broad conclusions that definitive assumptions could not be honestly made.
            Consequently, you are behind people who, like yourself, do not think clearly and therefore cannot be taken seriously.
            Sorry, go away.

          • Ronnie

            March 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

            Those are the (left) over ACORN gang in that $7.00 plus an hour, thinking that they are going to get that raise to $10.10. Ha! Go get a Schwinn and use it boys and girls.

          • John Hand w/gunpermit

            March 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

            I work for the government, Bighoss, and one thing the gov is trying to do is get all drivers of gov vehicles to use E85. Yet in one of their recent service bulletins, they are expressing concerns over the fuel and telling everyone not to leave a vehicle sit too long with E85 in the fuel tank. And my owner’s manual for my Chev Silverado E85 truck, page 9-72, says that E85 produces less energy so therefore I will have to fill my tank more often. And Bighoss, I bet you have been told that E85 is good for the environment, haven’t you? Do you know that the plowing up of formerly protected grasslands in KS and NE has resulted in the release of more Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere than E85 (any ethanol fuel) has prevented? Didn’t know that did you? Must get all your news from MSNBC.

          • Driver_S

            March 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

            Science has already proven all this man made climate change is a bunch of computer generated hog wash. We’ve had climate cycles since the beginning of time and before any industrialization. Plant life thrives on Carbon Dioxide and wouldn’t survive without it. The changes in climate are natural cycles and not caused by anything man does or produces. The falsified information the global warming alarmists have been touting has been disproven and their correspondence about their made up statistics has been exposed.

          • Bighoss

            March 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

            Got yerself brainwashed, didn’t ya? But in your case it probably required no more than a light rinse.

            That “correspondence” you refer to is probably the British groups’ reference to a “trick.” If you were a scientist, you would have known (as other global climate change deniers should have known) that “trick” is
            a term commonly used by scientists to describe an easier, short-cut, but legitimate method for analyzing information and is not used in the sense of any kind of deception, as the climate change ignoramuses ignorantly argued.

          • Driver_S

            March 13, 2014 at 1:20 am

            The correspondence wasn’t the “trick” you speak of. It was the global warming guys talking to each other about how to lie and what to say to verify their false claims and findings. They wanted all involved to tell the same lies to make it more believable so they sent out a script with their instructions to answer questions and promote their scam.

          • rick0857

            March 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

            I can build a computer model to give me what ever data I want. Garbage in garbage out. They work kind of like a leftist’s budget. By borrowing more and more money you become debt free. Well that is basically how the AlGore ManBearPig ice age, global warming, climate change thingy works.

          • Grundune

            March 13, 2014 at 1:01 am

            I’m calling your bluff. Show me the evidence of climate change caused by human activity. Put up or shout up.

        • John Hand w/gunpermit

          March 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

          Since you mention the sixties, I will add this. The sixties is when the British Invasion occurred. It has been all downhill for America since then. Remember, ‘hippies’ did not really exist before the Beatles came in and starting growing their long hair longer. Before that, there was a certain type of youth called ‘Beatniks.’ but they just wanted to enjoy life and were not advocating the overthrow of our very way of life.

          • rick0857

            March 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            I do remember and sadly I miss the time when a women could walk down the street unmolested, children could play outside.

        • rick0857

          March 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          Oh you want a rebuttal… Well if these morons were truly the diehard global warming, ice age, climate change enthusiasts they claim to be they would have jumped on a Schwinn and biked across America to get to their little rally. Or they would have chartered just ONE bus but they wouldn’t have ALL TAKEN SEPARATE Conveyances. SPEWING (how does algore put it) the equivalent of 900 Hiroshima nuclear explosions into the atmosphere everyday just to attend this rally.

          • Bighoss

            March 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

            Would you care to back up that 900 A-bombs assertion with some figures to show us that it is valid? Anyone can trot out big impressive numbers, but when you come up with one that large, you should ‘splain yourse’f!
            Otherwise your claim has no credibility.

          • Grundune

            March 14, 2014 at 12:47 am

            If anyone needs to back up something… Where’s your evidence that human activity changes the climate? We are all waiting for your epic revelation. If you are going to ridicule others, first make sure you aren’t ridiculous yourself.

          • rick0857

            March 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

            Gore said that crap on NATIONAL TELEVISION sometime last year. While being interviewed about Sandy. If you want proof go look it up yourself I’m not going to prove anything to you. You are no court of law you’re a liberal knucklehead. YOU PROVE ME WRONG!!!

            Just type in for your search al gore 900 Hiroshima A-bombs daily into atmosphere Of course I’m sure that by now the media being a bunch of democrats most likely has scrubbed that from the net.

          • Steven

            March 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

            Anyone can trot out big impressive numbers

            Actually, YOU haven’t demonstrated even that ability.

      • USAPatriotSC

        March 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Not stupid, burnt out, these people are stuck in the sixties.

    • gonecrazytoo

      March 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      yes, walking, bicycling, running, just say NO to the horseback riding, remember they pollute your air too. Better yet, they should just stay home, they had NOTHING intelligent to contribute anyway.

    • USAPatriotSC

      March 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      How about explaining the cooling from the 1940’s -1970’s? Alarmists “like you” thought we were going into an Ice Age. Then it reversed it self and warmed up again and alarmists “like you” started touting Global warming. Now for the last 10 years it has been cooling again and will probably continue for the next 20 years. Want hard facts? Here you go, I can’t wait for your facts back. Oh, no non-scientific Liberal talking points used for facts pal.

    • jimchambers

      March 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Your argument makes you look silly and baseless.
      If they were not hypocrites they would have practiced what they preached. You seem to think though that their voices are more important than their actions. Logical people call that hypocrisy.
      And, yes they should have used horses, bicycles and even walked if they want to be consistent. Otherwise they are what???? Hypocrites.
      Got it, Bighoss?

    • John Hand w/gunpermit

      March 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Yes, Bighoss, I am sure the news you probably get from MSNBC is much more reliable and correct.

    • Driver_S

      March 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Who let the troll out??????

    • bandit

      March 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

      S T F U you ignoramus ! :><:

      • Bighoss

        March 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        When all else fails, blither out some obscene irrelevant tripe like that and others will marvel at your erudition. NOT!

    • DRLJR

      March 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Reminds me of the Penn and Teller petition to ban di-hydrogen-oxide as well.

      • Steven

        March 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

        Penn an Teller were not the original source of the dihydrogen-monoxide petition. It started with a high school student whose STATED goal was to prove people will support things they don’t understand.

        Note: For anyone that doesn’t know, dihydrogen-monoxide = H20 = water.

        • DRLJR

          March 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

          They might not have originated it but they did pass it around at a pseudo-environmental meeting. And people signed it in droves without any understanding.

          • Steven

            March 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

            I didn’t claim they didn’t. I merely pointed out they were not the first.

    • Randolph Murphy

      March 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      We see who has been programmed Hoss.

  2. ChocolateGirl2

    March 11, 2014 at 6:05 am

    The biggest threat in this country is all the HOT LIES spewing from o’s mouth every time he opens it!

    • Mr. Bizy

      March 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

      BOOM!…good one…lol

  3. CowboyUp Mayer

    March 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

    ROTFLMFAO OMG totally brainless and absolutely clueless first of all i want to know how are you going to lower the temperature of the sun you IDIOTS ? And second no driving cars or taking planes how are business people suppose to get to meetings walk ? And the really got a kick out of the one woman not wanting an office full of carbon i guess she better stop breathing then because the last time i checked the air we all breath is 2 oxygen molecules but when you exhale it is Co2 carbon dioxide. or drinking fracking water a byproduct of oil drilling which can be cleaned recycled and used again !

    • gonecrazytoo

      March 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Not to mention that fracking happens so far below the water table that neither the two shall meet! And just how do they plan to blame Bush when the polar magnetic fields swap? There will be some serious warming of the earth during that little transition.

  4. Bulldog74

    March 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Not to mention that the plastic in those suits they were wearing comes from petrochemicals, which are derived from (you guessed it) crude oil.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      March 12, 2014 at 11:19 am

      You’ll shatter their illusions! They truly believe that plastic is produced from the stems of the hemp they smoke so much.

  5. Daniel F. Melton

    March 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

    We should join in the spirit and help these people reduce their carbon footprint. While they are off to protest in Washington, remove their electric meters and turn off their gas/propane heating fuel. Imagine the heartfelt appreciation when they get back to their residence in a week or so…

  6. gonecrazytoo

    March 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Fossil fuels? Really? Natural Gas and Oil are NOT fossil fuels…. science disproved that theory a LONG LONG LONG time ago.

    This list goes on and on and on. So…. progressive liberals need to go home, stay home and leave the rest of us alone until they pull their heads out of their arses.

    • Bighoss

      March 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

      To those links, add this one:

      Yes, oil and gas are generated abiotically deep in the earth under great heat and pressure.The “fossil fuel” concept is the creature of a 19th Century Russian scientist, Lomontosov. Ironic, isn’t it, then, that it was Russian and Ukrainian petroleum scientist s who have shown that Russian’s theory to be baseless!?

  7. USAPatriotSC

    March 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    These people breathe and live in wood houses so they are guilty of the very thing they blame everyone else for.
    Carbon dioxide grows really pretty green plants which in turn the Global warming nuts claim is warming our planet. After this winters storms we could use a little global warming but too bad it is all a farce, global warming was cooked up to scare people into letting the Liberals control even more of our lives.

  8. John Hand w/gunpermit

    March 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    They would have accomplished more for the environment by simply staying home and smoking their pot. And to all those greenies out there who criticize all drivers of anything larger than a Mini Cooper, VW or Prius and they like to say…”What would Jesus drive? as a way of saying Jesus would drive a gas saver, I have this answer. “JESUS WOULD DRIVE A 12 PASSENGER VAN.” Think about it.

    • Earlybird

      March 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Actually it would have to be a 15 passenger as a 12 passenger does include the driver. Whats up with that why is it not called an 11 passenger van. By the way I own an extended van (a cargo version) and a small “12 passenger van”

      • John Hand w/gunpermit

        March 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        Well, yes, that might be true, but I was thinking that Jesus might prefer to only bring along 11 of the Disciples.

  9. John Hand w/gunpermit

    March 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Anyone notice how the term ‘Global warming’ has suddenly fallen out of the mainstream news and been replaced with ‘Climate change.’ Must have been terribly embarrassing to find out that their guru Al Gore was so wrong. Just heard on the news that this year (winter season) has been the third coldest in the past 100 years. And it is not over yet, right Buffalo residents?

  10. bandit

    March 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    BAN VOLCANOS ! ! !

    • Earlybird

      March 13, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Yes these things put out WAY more pollution than we could do in 1000 years or more.

  11. WhiteFalcon

    March 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Global warming is a fraud, and all those, like these, that support it are equally frauds.

  12. DRLJR

    March 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    The “Left” is always hypocritical. They practice the “do as I say not as I do” routine. While the planet’s climate is changing it is a natural process. After all, we had the Medieval Warm period, then a calm period, followed by the Little Ice Age (1200/1300 to 1850) and now are entering another warm period. This is an interesting paper for people to consider :

  13. buellfooll

    March 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

  14. Pacificblue55

    March 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Can someone post the actual petition? If you can’t produce it then shut the phuck up.

  15. Lowell

    March 14, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Has anybody bothered to calculate the difference in energy consumed between transporting oil from the source to the refineries via the Keystone XL pipeline, and from the source in the Persian Gulf by pipeline to the ships, by the ships to the States and from the ships by pipeline to the refineries?

  16. DRLJR

    March 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    My apologies.

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