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The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #2

An oil pipeline is described as a “carbon bomb” that will impact the “children of all species forever.”

In the same week that the UK arm of Greenpeace was equating energy legislation with the historic Battle of Britain, climate activists on the other side of the Atlantic were employing similarly over-the-top language with regard to the proposed Keystone oil pipeline.

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Thousands of climate activists demonstrated in the cold outside the White House yesterday. The Nation, a magazine sympathetic to the protesters, tells us about the drama queens who think Obama should forbid construction of the pipeline (article backed up here).

Bill McKibben urged Obama to prevent “this long fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on earth.

Van Jones said Obama isn’t “going to let us be a generation that cooks the earth.

In Jones’ words, “If we lose [the pipeline fight], we lose everything. We’re fighting for the children of all species…The children of all species forever are going to be impacted by what we do in this town for the next twelve to twenty-four months.

Direct quotes from a related Sierra Club press release:

  • land, homes and health are being threatened by the climate crisis…
  • dangerous carbon pollution…
  • For the sake of our children and our future…
  • a disaster for our climate…
  • dangerous carbon pollution…
  • dangerous carbon pollution…
  • press release backed up here

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According to a headline at the InsideClimateNews.org website, the pipeline protest involved 40,000 people and was the “Biggest Environmental Rally in Decades” (backup link).

To put these numbers into perspective, in 2009 Time magazine reported that a protest march urging Obama to strengthen gay rights attracted 200,000 people (backup link).

In 2004, the BBC said that police estimates pegged a Washington pro- anti-abortion rally at “between 500,000 and 800,000″ protesters (backup link).

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see also
The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #1 – Greenpeace’s ‘Battle for Britain’

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This entry was posted on February 18, 2013 by in Bill McKibben, Drama Queen files, Greenpeace and tagged , , , , .
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