As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following opinion editorial written by Ernest Istook, former congressman from Oklahoma, and published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

From the plains of the Dakotas to the woods of Pennsylvania, environmental activists have an extreme strategy, funded by billionaires. Their goal is not to fix any flaws, but to shut down all new pipelines. This threatens the safe delivery of natural gas to heat our homes, schools, and hospitals, and the gasoline used to drive us to work and pick up our kids from school.

To create an illusion of grassroots support, activists hide behind local-sounding “nonprofits.” But a centrally coordinated group gives them tens of millions of dollars, plus synchronized communication, public relations, and litigation strategy. The result is a guerrilla warfare strategy, as vigilantes pop up in unexpected places, deliberately blocking America’s long-awaited goal of energy independence.

The article goes on to state the following:

At the heart are foundations created by billionaires like the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Tides Foundation (heavily funded by the Google Foundation), and the Hewlett Foundation. The project is named the “Beyond Oil Campaign;” centered in San Francisco, and it is headed by a firm named CorpEthics which bragged that the goal is “to block all proposed pipelines.”

They even embrace the label “radical.” In their own words, “The goal of this campaign is to radically reduce the production, transport, and ultimately the supply of domestic oil in North America.”

They oppose pipelines all over the U.S. and Canada. The Canadian think tank Frontier Centre for Public Policy calculated that 104 groups received at least $25-million in anti-pipeline activism grants plus $15-million more in unspecified grants from the project since 2009.

Another report claims the “Tides Foundation gave $36 million to more than 100 organizations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe” and “the Hewlett Foundation has given $90 million to First Nations and environmental groups in British Columbia and the western U.S. … More than 60 groups also get behind-the-scenes and ghost-writing support from NetChange, a private American company funded to ‘support and amplify’ the campaign.”

The CorpsEthics plan goes beyond buying support from smaller groups; it also includes major partners like the National Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, Environmental Integrity Project, Indigenous Environmental Network, Greenpeace, EarthJustice, and Environmental Defense Fund.

These groups have made it easy for activists to hinder pipeline development. MoveOn.org hosts a plethora of material targeted to halt individual projects, including major pipeline projects like Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Mariner East. Headlines on Greenpeace’s website read “Join the wave of resistance” and “How to stop a pipeline in 4 steps.”

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