Recently, a concert featuring the Indigo Girls was put on by Line 3 opponents. While I disagreed with the sentiments behind the concert, live music on the river from a classic band seemed like a good way to spend an hour.
However, I was too distracted by the hypocrisy of the situation to be able to enjoy it.
Many people — and, apparently, many pipeline protesters — fail to understand all the products and goods we enjoy every day because of pipelines like Line 3. When we go camping, like the protesters have been doing for the past few weeks and months, we can thank pipelines like Line 3 for so many things, including plastic plates, cups, and food packaging. While we are picking up our homes, we can thank pipelines like Line 3 for kids’ toys, DVDs, and even dishwashing soap.
It is especially striking when watching a pipeline protest to see so many products in use that only exist because of pipelines.
During the concert livestream, I saw cellphones and giant speakers (thanks to oil). I saw women wearing makeup (derived from petroleum). And I saw the big motor on the back of the pontoon from where the Indigo Girls performed. I know it wasn’t a solar- or a wind-powered motor, so I could only assume it was fueled with gas from a pipeline like Line 3.
It is a bit infuriating and a lot frustrating to see that folks’ ability to protest the Line 3 pipeline is largely due to the numerous products created because of pipelines.
I encourage pipeline opponents to do a bit more research and realize that we truly need this pipeline — and need it for more than just oil and gasoline.
The writer is mayor of Babbitt.
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