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Environmental hypocrisy

Now that an appeals court has refused a request from The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes for an "emergency" order that would prevent oil from flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline, it is time to discuss the environmental hypocr...

Now that an appeals court has refused a request from The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes for an “emergency” order that would prevent oil from flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline, it is time to discuss the environmental hypocrisy of this whole situation at Cannon Ball.

Thousands (later reduced to hundreds) of “water protectors” camped out for months in makeshift shelters, taunting and spitting on law enforcement, burning up vehicles, allegedly killing bison and cattle, and finally leaving a mountain of trash and human waste behind that certainly would have flowed into Oahe Reservoir had it not been cleaned up by authorities. That alone negates any sympathies a thinking person might have for the “water protectors” cause. The last figure I saw was $40 million in law enforcement and cleanup costs for more than 800 dumpster loads of trash hauled away. What a waste …

Has anyone bothered to consider the countless gallons of gasoline, diesel fuel and aviation fuel these thousands of anarchists burned in traveling to and from Cannon Ball? A tribal chairman who owns a nearby gas station and capitalized on the situation? Hypocrisy all the way around …

It reminds me of an old hunting partner of mine from Alaska. This fellow opposed the Alaska pipeline when it was built in the early 1970s, but for decades his wife, daughter and he happily cashed their dividend checks - annual payments made to Alaska residents from state oil revenues.

Last time I talked to him, he and his wife had homes in Tucson, in Old Mexico, a cabin in Maine and they kept a place in Alaska so they could continue receiving those annual dividend checks. This couple jets here and there to their far-flung residences, and are massive consumers of energy, but they maintain a leftist view of energy development. I have “busted” this friend on his stance, telling him flat out he is acting in hypocritical fashion. He smiles, blushes, looks away and does not reply.

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Do you remember a year or so when Shell Oil Co. had a big offshore drilling rig parked in the Sound outside of Seattle? A battalion of left-wing crazies paddled hundreds of kayaks out to the drilling rig, protesting, holding up profane signs, making a nuisance of themselves. It apparently didn’t occur to the demonstrators that each of their kayaks was made from … you guessed it - oil!

And there were the Occupy Wall Street protesters who traveled to New York City from all over the country, blocked traffic in the city for a period, disrupted businesses, defecated on police cars.

Unlike the “water protectors,” they went home when the weather got cold.

One more point: Whatever happened to Chase Iron Eyes? The last I heard he was being indicted for inciting a riot at Cannon Ball. Iron Eyes, of course, was the fellow the North Dakota Democrat NPL Party chose to run for the U.S. House. He was soundly defeated. Next time North Dakota Democrats ought to run someone a little less radical. It might prevent their party’s downward spiral into irrelevance.

Contact Bernie Kuntz at

b.kuntz@bresnan.net

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