Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
The Sierra Club is “outraged” by a Keystone pipeline report. This is as newsworthy as saying the Pope is Catholic.
Late yesterday, an arm of the US government released a 2,000-page report that concludes there are no good environmental reasons for preventing the construction of a pipeline intended to transfer oil from Western Canada to Texas. The Keystone pipeline has been on hold due to the fact that it crosses the Canada-US border and therefore requires the blessing of the US State Department.
Two weeks ago, environmental activists held a protest rally condemning this pipeline. News coverage of that event contained robust examples of emotionally-charged, hyperbolic language. Exhibit 2 in the Drama Queen Files highlighted some of that language.
There is no suggestion that anyone received an advance copy of yesterday’s 2,000-page opus. Nevertheless, the Sierra Club issued a 4-paragraph statement almost immediately, lambasting a report it had not yet read in the strongest terms possible. Here are some direct quotes:
The Sierra Club points to no evidence. It cites neither chapter nor verse. It offers no examination of where, precisely, the report has gone wrong. Instead, this statement is nothing more than an emotional outburst. As the press release says: “The Sierra Club is outraged…”
There’s just one problem. Outrage is the Sierra Club’s middle name, its permanent state-of-mind. A statement in which the Sierra Club says it’s outraged is as newsworthy as one in which the Pope says he’s Catholic: