'Fear of the future' is not a defense for pipeline sabotage

November 6, 2017

Responsible parents teach their children that it's not OK to break someone else's things just because they're upset. The rule applies in the real world just as much as it does in kindergarten.

Recently, a bipartisan group of 84 members of Congress signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking if violent acts directed towards energy infrastructure, like recent attacks on pipelines, fall under the current definition of domestic terrorism. Their letter acts as the most recent example of the seriousness of this issue, and it demonstrates how detestable the violent acts of eco-terrorists are.

Peaceful protests are the birthright of every American, but attempting to destroy a legally permitted project that follows all state and federal regulations simply because you don't like it does not fall within the bounds of protected rights. Unfortunately, this basic truth appears to be lost on many, as unlawful attacks on pipelines have become more common.

Last year a group of radical environmental activists came up with a scheme to sabotage oil pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington State. They tried to justify their crimes - which they admit committing - by imagining themselves as heroic warriors fighting against climate change. They even plan to present this fantasy as their primary defense during their upcoming criminal trials.

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