In her provocative Counterpunch article about the environmental non-profit industrial complex, Obama’s acquiescence to the fossil fuel industries, Warren Buffett’s win-win situation, and the rise of crude oil transportation by rail, Cory Morningstar argues that the KXL Pipeline is a diversion from the real fight that should be underway to stop tar sands extraction:
Very few in the environmental movement wish to discuss, let alone acknowledge, the very ugly reality that the “Stop the KXL!” campaign has absolutely nothing to do with shutting down tar sands production. The actuality is that behind the protest signs (that conveniently blur lines and bear much semblance to the Obama branding campaign), we have an entire rail transport industry burgeoning to transport the oil formerly designated for the KXL pipeline.
It is very clear why we are witnessing an unprecedented level of opposition to these pipeline projects[:] to divert attention away from the burgeoning rail industry. The only question is, when will we acknowledge the fact that we have once again been manipulated by those who claim to speak for civil society, but actually serve to protect the system and, by extension, their funders, without whom the manipulators extraordinaire would cease to exist?
Read the article in its entirety here.
See also Jeffrey St. Clair’s Designer Protests and Vanity Arrests in DC for another perspective critical of the establishment NGO’s “civil disobedience.”
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