Keep It In The Ground

Political Reality for Environmental Activists

Environmental activist group 350.org kicked off 2017 with protests of president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees. To gauge the level of support for this effort, it’s important to look at the past. It turns out 2016 was a dismal year for environmental groups across the West. We’ve compiled a list of some of the many setbacks environmentalists endured.

The Incredible Shivering Protest

Keep-It-in-the-Ground activists were sparse in Denver at today’s planned protest. Not even a dozen showed up. The fact it was 11 degrees outside with snow on the ground may have been the cause. After all, it’s hard to convince people to protest oil and natural gas when your teeth are rattling. It’s far more comfortable to stay at home where your natural gas-powered furnace keeps you warm.

Obama Caves on DAPL: What’s Next?

I don’t think anyone was surprised by the fact that the Obama Administration caved into the No DAPL protests on Sunday when the Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the last bit of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to go under Lake Oahe. Dismayed that the rule of law could be shouted down by rioters and saboteurs, yes. Disappointed that two court rulings and reams of supporting evidence carried less weight than baseless charges of racism and police brutality, yes. But surprised, no.

Screaming Fees

The costs to taxpayers of recent Keep-It-in-the-Ground protests in Colorado are beginning to surface. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spent $2,500 on overtime pay for the Lakewood Police Department, which provided security as 300 protesters attempted to shut down the Colorado May lease sale.

Colorado Protests Fail to Achieve Goals

The Keep-It-in-the-Ground’s global Break Free 2016 campaign came to Colorado last week and was disruptive. Two protests around Denver coincided with other demonstrations in California, New York, Washington, Europe, South America and Australia. Colorado was a focus because western oil and natural gas production has not only made America competitive in global markets, but elevated our profile among anti-fossil fuel opponents.

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