With all the controversy surrounding the Dakota pipeline that is set to begin construction soon, there are a few facts that somehow the media has failed to present. The narrative has been that this new pipeline will harm the environment along with trample on the rights of Native Americans, but with just a few interesting tidbits of information, a mind can be swayed, or at least caused to contemplate whether the reported story is the factual one.
1. The protestors don’t care about the environment.
After the protestors left the site of their camp, they left behind piles of garbage. Protest signs, food and beverage containers, and even abandoned tents and sleeping bags were all left behind to just be covered up with soil. If someone actually cared about the environment, you’d think they’d start with their own actions and learn not to litter.
2. The pipeline doesn’t actually touch native land.
Despite what the protestors say, the pipeline will be roughly a half mile away from any native lands. No reservations will be harmed. The worry comes from the pipeline possibly leaking and the drinking water being polluted, not from improper use of eminent domain statutes.
3. Pipelines are pretty safe and have been used for a long time.
The worry of a pipe leaking is silly. Anyone with a gas stove uses pipes to get their energy. Most people use gas to heat their homes. Pipes have been use to transport natural gas since the early 20th century, and haven’t been much of a problem. When there is a problem, it usually has to do with the stove or furnace itself, not the pipeline. Here are some of the pipelines across America today –
4. The protests weren’t peaceful.
As the Daily Wire reports, gunshots were fired, including at police, molotov cocktails and rocks were hurled at police, and damages of the protest will cost as much as $2 million. There is actually an arrest warrant out for Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein for spray painting graffiti on construction equipment.
5. The whole thing is funded by George Soros
A large part of the protest was organized by “People’s Climate March” a group with ties to left wing billionaire George Soros, who also has ties to similar career protestors Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street. These protests weren’t organic – many of the leaders had been paid to organize and drum up dissatisfaction with the pipeline’s construction.