On March 15, we were fortunate to have actress Jane Fonda travel thousands of miles to Minnesota (likely in her private jet) to protest against the Line 3 pipeline project. Think of how ironic that is.

It has been ridiculous watching pipeline protesters having car parades (using oil), heating their tents (using propane), encouraging people to participate in events with requests sometimes that cars be able to run for two to three hours (using oil), and flying in celebrities to get media attention (using lots of oil). The hypocrisy of those against the Line 3 Replacement Project has been so blatant it needs to be called out.

Line 3 pipeline opponents have put themselves in numerous dangerous situations, putting themselves and emergency responders at great risk. They have halted construction, impacting the jobs of thousands of pipeline workers. Across the country, pipeline opponents have spray painted buildings, blocked highways, and used other unnecessary tactics to show their opposition to this much-needed pipeline project.

It is one thing to voice your opinion, but you should be held accountable for your words and actions. It seems evident that pipeline opponents are only opposed to using oil when it’s convenient for them.

The best part of Fonda’s visit was that, if she flew in and out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, then her plane was fueled up with fuel from the Line 3 system. So, I will end this by saying, “Thanks for flying to and from Minnesota courtesy of Line 3, Ms. Fonda.”

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Brian Hartje

Bemidji, Minnesota

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