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Reader's View: Pipeline protests are hypocritical publicity stunts

The thing we haven’t seen much of is that Fonda has been regularly criticized for her climate change stance that she broadcasts by traveling thousands of miles (likely via private jet), using the same fuel she is protesting against.

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Recently, we got a chance to see part of actress Jane Fonda’s publicity tour across Minnesota (“ Jane Fonda joins Indigenous opposition to Line 3 in Minnesota ,” March 15). The thing we haven’t seen much of is that Fonda has been regularly criticized for her climate change stance that she broadcasts by traveling thousands of miles (likely via private jet), using the same fuel she is protesting against.

The Line 3 pipeline was built 60 years ago and needs to be repaired or it could pose incredible risks to our environment and our communities. This is why it is so odd that pipeline opponents would rather halt and block the replacement project and leave the pipeline in its current state of disrepair.

Fonda’s visit failed to acknowledge the need for a stable and reliable energy infrastructure, which in the upper Midwest certainly includes the Line 3 pipeline system. It is one thing to work toward newer energy, but we must all acknowledge the crucial role oil and pipelines still play in our lives each and every day.

Fonda’s visit gave us just a small glimpse into the hypocrisy of pipeline opponents. They often use lighters and heaters at their camps and they bring in fellow protesters from around the country, again traveling thousands of miles. They even have the gall to request supporters be prepared for their cars to be running for two to three hours at a time (using, again, gas) as they conduct their pipeline-protest parades.

When is enough, enough? When do we look at these protests, marches, and caravans as the publicity stunts they are? I think that time has come. Let’s support Line 3!

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Becky Hall

Duluth


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