Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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Heartland Senior Policy Advisor Norm Rogers wrote a must-read piece in today’s American Thinker about Sunday’s rally in DC to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline — and anything else useful to energy production — in the vain, misguided notion that it will save the planet. Our friend Marc Morano from CFACT braved the elements, and a hostile crowd, also interviewed some of these protesters. More on that later.
The rally was organized by 350.org’s Bill McKibben, who really dislikes Heartland. (Google it yourself; I’m not linking to him or his flying monkeys.) So let’s first talk about the crowd. Estimates of some 40,000 people? Norm doesn’t think so:
Several speakers estimated the crowd at 35,000 to 40,000, as did the Nation magazine. The Huffington Post mentioned 40,000. I made my own estimate. On the march to the White House the line stretched along Constitution Avenue from 15th street to 17th street, a distance of 1,500 feet. I generously estimated 50 people every 20 feet. This totals to less than 4,000 people. The organizers of political demonstrations always exaggerate the size of the crowd, but a factor of 10 is extreme inflation.
Norm’s post is filled with photos of the chilly festivities, including the one used to illustrate this post — which should give you a sense of the seriousness of the public dialogue at this rally. He also provides a good analysis of the topic of the day, the Keystone XL pipeline. Norm makes a lot of sense, all of it lost on the dreamers shouting in the cold:
The global warming movement has staked a lot on the Obama administration blocking the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil from the rich Canadian oil sands south to the petrochemical complexes of Texas. The problem for Obama is that if the pipeline is blocked, the Canadians will surely build a pipeline to either their East or West coast in order to sell the oil into the world market. So, oil that would have been sold directly into U.S. markets at a good (for us) price will, instead, be cycled through world markets and we will end up paying more for oil that is no longer exclusively ours.
If the Persian Gulf should be blocked by war, we will miss that oil very badly. Obama’s choice is to pacify the crackpot left at great risk to the nation, or to approve the pipeline and make his leftist supporters very angry. Happily, Obama loses either way. My guess is that he will approve the pipeline on the theory that his leftist support has no place else to go. He could, as a stalling tactic, commission a study to try to postpone the decision until after the midterm elections. Al Gore may be waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces.
I think Norm is right on this one. Maybe at the next rally, someone will hold a sign saying “The Last Tree In Nebraska Was Cut By Barack Obama.”
Speaking of the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, Marc Morano interviewed a young fella who said he — and lots of people at the rally — were willing to take “any means necessary” to stop the project. And by “any,” he meant anything … including violence and eco-terrorism. Watch the interview in the video below: