Hundreds of Keystone Pipeline protesters descended on the Nation’s capital last week to participate in a march from Georgetown University to the White House where they urged President Obama to join in their dissent.
Clad in plastic suits and Captain Planet costumes, the crowd of college students and their environmentalist elders bore clever homemade signs denouncing fossil fuels and equating climate change to class warfare. Though they turned out to protest a variety of “environmental crises,” their hypocrisy stole the show.
“I flew here from Boulder [Colorado],” said one protestor, who later signed a mock petition asking Congress “to pass legislation that would lower the Earth’s temperatures.”
Last January, the New York Times reported that “one round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.” According to the article’s author, air travel could easily be considered Americans “biggest carbon sin.”
However, the fossil-fuel foes who boasted their decision to travel by greyhound or road-trip in their Toyota Prius, deserve a dose of reality as well.
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