I’m sure it’s not just me noting the hypocrisy of Line 3 pipeline protestors, which seems rather apparent these days.

A lot of these folks have been driving up from the Twin Cities or have been coming from other states to protest, using hundreds of gallons of gas to get here. Then, we had actress Jane Fonda show up, and she certainly didn’t walk here; she flew on a plane (and probably a private one at that).

The cherry on top? These pipeline protesters often have caravan protests that include parades of vehicles running for hours on end in a driving protest across the area. What’s the point of that?

I guess they support using gas, after all, since they need so much of it to get here to protest a resource that we all — including the pipeline protesters themselves — use daily.

While protesting against the Line 3 pipeline, they actually are enforcing the argument for exactly why we need it. The fact is, for the foreseeable future, oil is going to continue to be a big part of our lives, which is exactly why we need to maintain and improve our infrastructure along the way.

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Bob Vlaisavljevich


The writer is mayor of Eveleth.

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