Video: Ethical oil

posted at 8:10 pm on August 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

No doubt you’ve seen coverage of environmentalist activists converging on the nation’s capital to protest a proposed oil pipeline — the Keystone XL — that would run from Canada to Texas. B-lister Mark Ruffalo even lent his considerable celebrity to the cause in this video. But a new ad asks an interesting question: Why would those enviros rather bankroll Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women than allow the pipeline to run through the United States?


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Er, can I ask why we don’t build refineries in the North, like Wyoming?

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Daryl Hannah was arrested there. She was on Hannity today.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Because they do not care about oil or women’s rights only imposing a leftist agenda and weakening America economically.

Grunt on August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Yeah, Darrell Hanna was arrested at the White House gates for this nonsense

Kini on August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Er, can I ask why we don’t build refineries in the North, like Wyoming?

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Would make too much sense. Plus, I believe EPA regulations make the construction of new refineries prohibitive.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

And this Mark Ruffalo, I am sure he biked from LA to DC in order to NOT use fossil fuels, right?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Ah, carbon got there first, and spelled the name correctly.

Ok, then it was Daryl’s other brother Darrell

Kini on August 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

This has been out for a couple of months.

Kermit on August 30, 2011 at 8:18 PM

No Saudi royal ever made an unmarried leftist woman feel guilty for having her third abortion with her eleventh live-in boyfriend.

RBMN on August 30, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Let us get back to work and drill in the Gulf of Mexico and we won’t need a pipeline from Canada.

DAT60A3 on August 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

It sooooo much more environmentally sensitive to drill over in Saudi, ship it halfway around the world–burning fuel on the way, with risk of spill–than to drill here.

itsnotaboutme on August 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Didn’t the State Department approve the pipeline?

amerpundit on August 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Drill here – Drill NOW!

These people piss and moan about shipping jobs overseas and yet will not let us create them here at home and then complain about the evils of “Foreign Oil”.

I say I would rather give my money to an AMERICAN “Evil Corporation”, which employs “Evil Americans” to produce a product America needs and HAS IN ABUNDANCE – Right here in America!

FloridaBill on August 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Would make too much sense. Plus, I believe EPA regulations make the construction of new refineries prohibitive.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

We’ve built no new refineries since Gerald R. Ford was president.

This is why we need massrighty’s 5 point energy plan:
1. Drill/Mine/Extract whatever we have, wherever it is.
2. Build refineries in each state – no more transporting crude, so that we can retransport the refined product. (We’re moving gas twice, in gas powered vehicles!)
3. Nuclear
4. Any alternative energy source (wind/water/switchgrass/pigcrap) gets fast-tracked – less review, more construction.
5. Any help to any OPEC country (and yes, I’m talking to you, Mexico) is given in exchange for negotiated discounts.

The results? Permanent jobs, and a boost to critical segments of the economy.

massrighty on August 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Betcha the Saudis are bankrolling the enviro-wacko protests.

itsnotaboutme on August 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

We’ve built no new refineries since Gerald R. Ford was president.

This is why we need massrighty’s 5 point energy plan:
1. Drill/Mine/Extract whatever we have, wherever it is.
2. Build refineries in each state – no more transporting crude, so that we can retransport the refined product. (We’re moving gas twice, in gas powered vehicles!)
3. Nuclear
4. Any alternative energy source (wind/water/switchgrass/pigcrap) gets fast-tracked – less review, more construction.
5. Any help to any OPEC country (and yes, I’m talking to you, Mexico) is given in exchange for negotiated discounts.

The results? Permanent jobs, and a boost to critical segments of the economy.

massrighty on August 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Wow, that long?
And I love your points.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Remember when we couldn’t buy anything from South Africa because the liberals didn’t like the segregation of blacks and whites in South Africa? You know, all that sturm and drang about human rights? Remember that? You couldn’t buy an orange from South Africa without being spat on by the politically correct collective conscience of the West. Many countries wouldn’t even let South African Airways fly through their airspace. The world made them a pariah. All the while they were fighting a terrorist organization in the ANC and the ANC itself was murdering blacks left and right. (remember necklacing?)

Funny, what goes on in Saudi Arabia is a hell of a lot worse than mere segregation, but nobody cares – especially not the liberals. Not the government. Not business. Virtually nobody. They not only segregate women, they punish them, torture them, and kill them.

Yet, the Saudis are our best pals. BFF. And the liberals want us to buy their oil and not ours.

The West has a very selective conscience.

keep the change on August 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

The femenazis only care about women’s rights in America. They couldn’t care less about the rest of the world. To acknowledge REAL sexual discrimination would be admitting their own cause is miniscule in comparison.

viviliberoomuori on August 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Because they do not care about oil or women’s rights only imposing a leftist agenda and weakening America economically.

Grunt on August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

This.

mizflame98 on August 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

The femenazis only care about [liberal] women’s rights in America. They couldn’t care less about the rest of the world. To acknowledge REAL sexual discrimination would be admitting their own cause is miniscule in comparison.

viviliberoomuori on August 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

massrighty on August 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM

We can thank Ezra Levant and his book “Ethical Oil” for this new tag line.

Well worth the read as is his blog, http://ezralevant.com/

Jim708 on August 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Er, can I ask why we don’t build refineries in the North, like Wyoming?

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

No coastal access.

Onus on August 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Did an oil company jsut ask me to donate to keep their add on the air?

What?!

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

You know, there’s more that ad could have said that it didn’t, like why do we buy oil from countries that allow honor killings? Or allows men to throw acid on women’s faces, sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons, scarring them for life? Or practices female genital mutilation?

Maybe I’m asking for a bit much, but it seems like this is too timid an approach for such a monstrous society as Islam appears to be.

theotherone on August 30, 2011 at 8:44 PM

This pipeline is a done deal… because if Obama doesn’t approve it he is a done deal…

ninjapirate on August 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Number 9, number 9, number 9

Sonosam on August 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

No coastal access.

Onus on August 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I was about to say, what about Washington State then. But I started laughing because it’s such a whacky hue of blue.

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I have a mother, a wife, sisters, a daughter, a daughter in law, a granddaughter and many female friends and colleagues. If Canada doesn’t advocate female circumcision and clitoridectomy I’m with the Canucks and their oil, eh!

Mason on August 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Why would those enviros rather bankroll Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women than allow the pipeline to run through the United States?

Er…ah…um…ah…mmm….OH YEAH! Well you’re RACIST!

GarandFan on August 30, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Daryl Hannah was arrested there. She was on Hannity today.

And that stupid silly , supercilious, pampered moron “celebrity” has no idea…where her AC comes from…her special life…her internet connection…Keeeerist…even how her underwear is manufactured.

Look folks….I say…let them give up their Bentleys, BMW’s, Ferrari’s for “natural gas”. For Farts from their self serving butt holes.

Twana on August 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM

B-lister Mark Ruffalo, he lost me at it will worsen global warming. That’s the litmus test right there. Thanks for playing Mark Ruffalo you are the weakest link.

Dr Evil on August 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Hold on B-lister? I don’t recognize Ruffalo, what’s he famous for? Is he the guy who made those girls gone wild videos?

Dr Evil on August 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Actually read a liberal lefty insist that oil sands be left untouched for eternity.

Build the refineries by the source, and build the coal burning power plants by the source. Why do we ship hundreds of millions of tons of coal all over the US? Transmit the energy instead over a decent power grid.

Just a thought: the 2010 $1,170,000,000,000 ($1.17 trillion) wasted on who knows what? Could have paid for it all.

MarkT on August 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Transmit the energy instead over a decent power grid.

Just a thought: the 2010 $1,170,000,000,000 ($1.17 trillion) wasted on who knows what? Could have paid for it all.

MarkT on August 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Yup. And, again; power grid construction yields both transitory and permanent jobs.

As to coal; we are the Saudi Arabia of coal.

massrighty on August 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Did an oil company jsut ask me to donate to keep their add on the air?

What?!

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

If you had bothered to go to the website, you would know what a moronic statement that is.

Jim708 on August 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Transmit the energy instead over a decent power grid.

Just a thought: the 2010 $1,170,000,000,000 ($1.17 trillion) wasted on who knows what? Could have paid for it all.

MarkT on August 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM
Yup. And, again; power grid construction yields both transitory and permanent jobs.

As to coal; we are the Saudi Arabia of coal.

massrighty on August 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Not only that, but we are the Saudi Arabia of oil shale. Some articles I’ve seen claim that we have enough common and uncommon oil reserves in this country for 600 years.

viviliberoomuori on August 30, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Listening to Hannah attempt to answer Hannity’s question about how she would deal with Imadinnerjacket or other assorted maniacs, was outright laughable. We had an anagram describing such girls in years gone by … YDFC. She’s not, however, so young anymore, so maybe just dumb and not FC either.

TXUS on August 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

what he said..

DRILL HERE DRILL NOW..

I’m still ablast at this… we became the world super power because we found, discovered, mined, and harvested a MEGA resource DUMP beyond anyone’s imagination (and we are still find more!)

.. but we political choose to buy it else where…

like I’ve said before .. imagine have your own Prime Angus Beef ranch and then paying 19.00 per pound to buy a steak at your local grocer.

amend2 on August 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Mark Ruffalo ain’t exactly a B-lister.

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I guess the group was started by one guy–that’s good. I would hate to see them discredited in any way, and you know the enviros are going to try.

PattyJ on August 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Even annunciating the term ” ethical oil” is to give an inch.

NO.

Bull fracking shi…..t.

hillbillyjim on August 30, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I’ve followed the environmentalist’s actions for years now; and I think I get their main points.

Production, drilling, and energy in Western nations is wrong.

CO2 production is bad. Pollution is bad. Side effects of refining is bad. But they won’t stop using oil, so not that bad.

I think they support drilling and refineries, etc. in other countries because Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela, Russia, etc. have better environmental control and environmental watchgroups than the western nations.

So if only we had the environmental controls and pollution prevention plans of say China we could produce here. But the EPA and these environmental groups are insufficient for any useful cause; so we must push this production elsewhere, even if it result in shipping the energy sources to the US and producing CO2 and pollution risks this way.

The environmental groups in the US are just too useless compared to China’s environmental record for anything to be better for the global environment.

If I’m wrong, please clarify how what they’re doing matches your explanation better than mine. I’m working from watching their actions for decades; and this is the only rational explanation I can come up with.

gekkobear on August 31, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Why would those enviros rather bankroll Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women than allow the pipeline to run through the United States?

Because the enviros aren’t even thinking that far along. They have no conception that we’ll need petroleum from SOME source well into the near future. They think that all “we” need to do is sprinkle some magic government pixie dust on the ground and renewable energy will just spring out of the earth, fully formed and amazingly free of any negative consequences.

What you should be asking is, why won’t they share with you their apparently inexhaustible stash psychoactive pharmacopeia that enables these breathless flights of fancy. Just plain selfish, I say.

dissent555 on August 31, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Every dollar we spend on oil from the Middle East helps fund the fighters who are killing and wounding our troops. We have funded both sides of the war on terror long enough. Send the environmentalist to the Middle East and build the pipeline. Shut down EPA and continue clean coal technology and build coal fired generating plants. Get Obama out of the Whitehouse and drill everywhere we find oil. In the meantime, lets start looking into natural gas as a alternative fuel for car and light duty trucks. NO pollution and the engines will last twice as long because no carbon build up.

old war horse on August 31, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Would make too much sense. Plus, I believe EPA regulations make the construction of new refineries prohibitive.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

If I remember right, there hasn’t been a new refinery built in the U.S. for many years. Too many regulations.

We have, however, closed refineries in the U.S. and built them overseas. Amerada Hess, for instance, closed their aging refinery in Mississippi and built a huge, brand new and state of the art refinery in the Virgin Islands.

There Goes The Neighborhood on August 31, 2011 at 3:05 AM

It sooooo much more environmentally sensitive to drill over in Saudi, ship it halfway around the world–burning fuel on the way, with risk of spill–than to drill here.

itsnotaboutme on August 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

GREAT STATEMENT – I WILL TRY TO REMEMBER THIS IN FUTURE ARGUMENTS WITH THE ENVIRO IDIOTS..

Note: Note ALL of them ARE idiots.. But most are!

Panentheist on August 31, 2011 at 4:44 AM

Those hippie protesters must be a little pot-addled. Don’t they know oil is organic, man? Free the oil!

curved space on August 31, 2011 at 6:10 AM

This is not something a sane country with adults in charge would even be debating.

chris999 on August 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Big Arabs must be funding these protests. We have a lot of pipelines. We will need many more.

seven on August 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

The left hates things that make our country better.

If it is good for the American people, then they’re opposed to it and dream up a laundry list of excuses as to why. When these are exposed as nonsense; they fall back on yelling, screeching, and name calling.

If something is bad for America, or helps our enemies and adversaries, then they are in favor of it.

The reason for all this is that the left is still operating as a Soviet 5th column, even though the Soviet Union itself is long gone.

This is not a conscious choice on their part, but something that became embedded in the nature of the left, below their conscious awareness.

leereyno on August 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM

This project is financially beneficial for America.

Solyndra who Obama touted just file bankruptcy. A solar company broke. At least petrol works at night. 535 million dollars down the drain.

seven on August 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

This project is financially beneficial for America.

Solyndra who Obama touted just file bankruptcy. A solar company broke. At least petrol works at night. 535 million dollars down the drain.

seven on August 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The agenda of the left is obvious:

Bankruptcy + Energy Deprivation => Slavery

landlines on August 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM