Friday, February 10, 2017
Whenever Protesters Get Together, Their Trash Is A Reminder That They Are NOT Environmentally Friendly
When environmentalists litter.
A flag flies over the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline on November 30, 2016.
Photo credit: Visual&Written/Newscom
The Standing Rock protest may be over, but here's one thing that won't be over for quite some time: the standing mountain of trash that the ever-so-environmentally concerned protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline left behind when they abandoned their makeshift camp on the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota at the end of 2016. The Washington Times reports:
An update from West Dakota Fox:
"Environmental tragedy"? Isn't it supposed to be an environmental tragedy if the pipeline is actually built? According to NBC News:
The Standing Rock Sioux, the main Native American tribe involved in the protest, went so far as to assert that construction of the 1,172-mile oil pipeline would involve the bulldozing of "sacred sites" in their indigenous religions. The "Stand With Standing Rock" website displays a poetic video of Indians clad in traditional deerskins and feathers conducting a ritual on the pipeline site.
But somehow the sense of the sacred—that had attracted thousands of activists, including such disparate left-leaning advocacy groups as Code Pink and Black Lives Matter, to set up their makeshift camp on the freezing reservation—vanished into thin air after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which had first denied a permit that would let the pipeline construction go forward, issued an eviction notice to the protesters on Feb. 3, and on Feb. 7 announced it would issue a final permit allowing the pipeline to be built after all.
I'm not sure what all of this is supposed to mean. That leftists and litterbugs go together? (Remember the mess that the various Occupy protesters left behind in city parks across the nation in 2011 when they decided they'd had enough of sleeping outdoors in filthy tents.) That so-called environmentalists are actually hypocrites willing to destroy the environment in order to make a point? That we live in such a prosperous society that people who style themselves oppressed victims can think nothing of abandoning valuable items such as sleeping bags and food supplies whenever they feel like it?
You've got me, but one thing is certain: Talk of "sacred sites" seems to have been so much blather when push came to shove.