The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #3

The Sierra Club is “outraged” by a Keystone pipeline report. This is as newsworthy as saying the Pope is Catholic.

Late yesterday, an arm of the US government released a 2,000-page report that concludes there are no good environmental reasons for preventing the construction of a pipeline intended to transfer oil from Western Canada to Texas. The Keystone pipeline has been on hold due to the fact that it crosses the Canada-US border and therefore requires the blessing of the US State Department.

Two weeks ago, environmental activists held a protest rally condemning this pipeline. News coverage of that event contained robust examples of emotionally-charged, hyperbolic language. Exhibit 2 in the Drama Queen Files highlighted some of that language.

There is no suggestion that anyone received an advance copy of yesterday’s 2,000-page opus. Nevertheless, the Sierra Club issued a 4-paragraph statement almost immediately, lambasting a report it had not yet read in the strongest terms possible. Here are some direct quotes:

  • woefully inadequate
  • deeply flawed
  • nothing short of malpractice

The Sierra Club points to no evidence. It cites neither chapter nor verse. It offers no examination of where, precisely, the report has gone wrong. Instead, this statement is nothing more than an emotional outburst. As the press release says: “The Sierra Club is outraged…

There’s just one problem. Outrage is the Sierra Club’s middle name, its permanent state-of-mind. A statement in which the Sierra Club says it’s outraged is as newsworthy as one in which the Pope says he’s Catholic:

  • “And so the Sierra Club, hoping that outrage can become an organizing tool…” (1997 news story – backed up here)
  • “The Sierra Club is outraged by your decision…” (2002 Sierra Club protest letter)
  • “The Sierra Club of Canada today voiced its outrage at the Canadian government’s decision…” (2003 Sierra Club press release)
  • Opponents of Near Shore Oil and Gas Express Outrage (2003 Sierra Club press release)
  • “Sierra Club of Canada expressed its outrage…” (2006 Sierra Club press release)
  • “Sierra Club B.C. executive director Kathryn Molloy said she was outraged by the decision…” (2008 news story)
  • Leaked TPP (Investment) Chapter Sparks Outrage (Sierra Club website, 2012)
  • Join Us in Philadelphia at Shale Gas Outrage 2012, (Sierra Club website, 2012)

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see also
The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #1 – Greenpeace’s ‘Battle for Britain’
The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #2 – The ‘Carbon Bomb’ Pipeline

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  • Anonymous

    Its likely there is going to be a nasty battle ahead over comprehensive immigration reform? My thought is that instead of starting from scratch, like the open border insane society is demanding we should fabricate amendments into the 1986 Simpson Mazzoli bill. First and foremost the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), was full of loopholes. Its main content was to legalize guest workers, whose labor was mostly spent in agriculture. The problem that once legalized, they vanished from the fields and orchards, taking jobs on Main Street, stealing jobs from Americans. The numbers of illegal aliens escalated, because the perforated borders and limited border patrol agents led to floods of more foreign nationals skirting our national border.

    Farmers, agriculturists and businesses had to seek more workers once again, so the borders remained intentionally open thanks to Democrats and Republicans. So instead of the estimated 3.5 newcomers the actual figure was more like 5 million, with more crossing the inept border incessantly. Most of the new entrants lied about their period of residency and produced utility bills and other bogus documentation, including fraudulent affidavits. So the prior (INS) Immigration & Naturalization Service couldn't attempt to handle the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants applying? Now President Osama and his Democratic happy faces want to swamp us yet again, with an estimated 20 plus illegal immigrants already squatting here? Even today the doors remain wide open, because the political parties under funded the real border fence, originally drafted by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. His short 50 mile fence in San Diego, California is double tiered, with a no-mans-land between for border patrol vehicles to make their inspection tours.

    The fence that crosses America is–ONE STRAND BARRIER–and in many places doesn't exist at all, except for ailing cameras, sensors and other vehicle barriers? Now if the powers in Washington had any brains, they could amend the (IRCA) law? First is agriculture that wants Guest Workers to pick fruit and vegetables, they must be issued a special visa limited to a specific time. They cannot work outside that boundary and must return to their country of residence after the document expires. If they want at some point in time to qualify for permanent legal status, they must apply like all new immigrants through their embassy. There fingerprints and other data should be recorded just in case they disappear from the workplace and placed on an arrest list by ICE.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/LSBeene LSBeene

    Informative post.

    Wish I had time to write more – gotta work, lol.

    Steven