Video: Why are tar sands evil, again?

posted at 7:50 pm on September 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A good man-on-the-street video is hard to beat. So, why is oil evil? Well, that’s not exactly what these Keystone pipeline protesters wanted to talk about (what did they want to talk about, then?), but they’ll take a stab at it anyway …

Did you know “companies like oil companies require sociopaths to be at their head”? I sure didn’t.

My favorite moment comes at about 01:28 when Jamie Weinstein almost snorts at a protester who reflexively says, “Sure,” in response to the question, “Is there any way Dick Cheney and Halliburton are to blame?” Another woman perceptively says Bush is behind whatever problems the pipeline might cause because “he’s a Texan.” Don’t mess, lady, don’t mess.


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Mindless Drones.

portlandon on September 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

At first I thought they were talking about Tarzan’s pipeline. Now THAT would be a fun protest.

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Even if cars ran on happy thoughts, liberals would be out of luck.

John the Libertarian on September 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

I have a rock collection that is busting up.

darwin-t on September 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM

It’s good to see the Useful Idiots out getting some fresh air and sunshine. The Nanny State says that is healthy for them.

The Chewbacca Defense on September 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM

The new Gnosticism.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Hmm, based on this, Daryll Hannah may be one of the more intelligent members of this group.

JannyMae on September 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Hmm, based on this, Daryll Hannah may be one of the more intelligent members of this group.

JannyMae on September 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Wasn’t she in that fish movie?

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Never ceases to amaze me. Never.

Tim Zank on September 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM

That was fascinating. And hilarious.

SlaveDog on September 1, 2011 at 8:02 PM

That’s it.
The science is settled.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 1, 2011 at 8:03 PM

How do these people function?

DeathB4Tyranny on September 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM

i’m sure that this was heavily edited like the Bachmann vid. Nobody can be this stupid

/s

r keller on September 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

At first I thought they were talking about Tarzan’s pipeline. Now THAT would be a fun protest.

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM

More fun than a barrel of monkeys? Oily monkeys?

trigon on September 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

How do these people function?

DeathB4Tyranny on September 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM

They not only function, one of them is canceling out every vote you cast.

trigon on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Thank goodness we have the diet underpants to use to replace the energy we get from oil.

pedestrian on September 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Looks like a big crowd.

RadClown on September 1, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Let’s not get too optimistic about November 2012.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 1, 2011 at 8:14 PM

More fun than a barrel of monkeys? Oily monkeys?

trigon on September 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Oil-rangutans?

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Loved that high five. lol

Aardvark on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Oil is evil because what you’re burning is billions of years of stored sunlight.

The science is settled.

Queasy on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM

When 1000 years of stored sunlight is released the East coast will be lost to us?
Sounds more like a new pilot for the Syfy channel

Koa on September 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM

It’s Texas’ and Bush’s fault that Obama won’t talk to them!

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 8:21 PM

These people are idiots, and at the risk of my not being an expert showing through, how is it again that a pipeline from Canada to the gulf is cheaper than building much needed new refineries say perhaps half way between the Canadian oil fields and the sometime to come online Bakken oil field?

More refineries make energy cheaper, pipelines, not necessarily.

I’m a big fan of the liberty and quality of life oil provides, I’m a big fan of economy cheaper energy gives, I’m a big fan of lots more jobs, I’m not so much a fan of suspicious, expensive undertakings that don’t make sense.

Color me ignorant because I am I just think its a question that should be answered and common sense should rule the day especially in the face of the lunatics trying to stop progress.

Anybody?

Speakup on September 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Do these people really think that the pipeline is for moving the actual tar sands?

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If ever this was needed…

darwin-t on September 1, 2011 at 8:25 PM

There’s idiots that still believe in global warming, HA!

Kini on September 1, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Texas Tarzan Pipeline will destroy the world

Kini on September 1, 2011 at 8:29 PM

You’re burning billions of years of stored sunshine! Next you’ll be burning puppies and kittens and RAINBOWS, you… you… you REPUBLICANS!!! RAPISTS!!! RACISTS!!!

kiltedscotsman5 on September 1, 2011 at 8:32 PM

And those of us who prepared for the zombie apocalypse were ridiculed…

Well, HERE IT IS!

catmman on September 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM

When 1000 years of stored sunlight is released the East coast will be lost to us?

What can I do to make sure this pipeline happens?

AndrewsDad on September 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Speakup on September 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Just guessing, but probably it will be partly refined on-site and then one product sent in the pipeline. At the other end the process will be completed, and the different fractions will be distributed through existing channels. That may be less expensive than distributing all the fractions directly from a new refinery location that is inland and in a colder location.

pedestrian on September 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Do these people really think that the pipeline is for moving the actual tar sands?

Well, not that is important to them what is actually moving through the pipeline, YES.

whbates on September 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

These Lava Lamp Luddites are despicable, repugnant and self-righteous.
Their supreme ignorance of the truth behind this issue is proof of their stupidity.

If every damn one of them had an original idea and a cold drink of water at the same time, it would kill ‘em dead.

CatchAll on September 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

The stoopid….it burns!

RedMindBlueState on September 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

The stupid. It hurts.

Rational Thought on September 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

You think they DROVE there?

golfmann on September 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Hilarious!!

tbear44 on September 1, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Debating those clowns is almost as bad as debating Palin worshipers. Not one ounce of room for facts in their vacuous little heads.

csdeven on September 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM

My car is better than the Chevy Volt – it runs on stored sunlight!

Rod on September 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM

This has to be theater, put on by a bunch of radical conservatives. No one can be this dumb./sarc

I am sure that the pipeline is being built to extremely high standards. And, yes, Ms. Hannah, pipelines are going to leak from time to time. Also, fuel trucks overturn, gas lines explode and car gas tanks explode.

SC.Charlie on September 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Hmm, based on this, Daryll Hannah may be one of the more intelligent members of this group.

JannyMae on September 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Wasn’t she in that fish movie?

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 7:59 PM

She was on BOR last night. An intellectual match for BOR at last! Looks kind of rough though, think -’Garey Busey in a blonde wig’.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

“Let the sunshine, let the sunshine innn…..”

I now understand that song so much better.

di butler on September 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The stoopid….it burns!

RedMindBlueState on September 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

The goggles do nothing!

Goldenavatar on September 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Awesome video!

ButterflyDragon on September 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

O…M…G!!! I nearly spit my coffee at this one..

Q: “Is there any way to blame George Bush for the pipeline?”

A: “Well, he’s a Texan!”

There’s logic for ya!

Major Nuisance on September 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Which side are you on, Obama?

Which side are you on?… ♪♫♫♪

Catchy.

Fallon on September 1, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Oil is evil because what you’re burning is billions of years of stored sunlight.

The science is settled.

Queasy on September 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Actually, that was one of the more reasonable things being said. Fossil fuels contain long-chain hydrocarbons that were formed over millenia by plants from shorter molecules such as CO2 and H20. After geological processes, they form the coal and oil known today.

Mind you, we’re talking millions rather than billions of years, and there are some steps elided, and there’s no discussion of why this might matter…..but compared to the rest of the bunkum being spewed, this is pretty reasonable.

cthulhu on September 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Hippehs never disappoint.

SWLiP on September 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

She was on BOR last night. An intellectual match for BOR at last! Looks kind of rough though, think -’Garey Busey in a blonde wig’.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Man, did she ever look rough. And you can tell she has had several “procedures” done.

Dumb as a bucket of rocks, too.

UltimateBob on September 1, 2011 at 11:19 PM

All your sandtars are belong to us.

BusHitlerCheneyHaliburton.

docflash on September 1, 2011 at 11:49 PM

pedestrian on September 1, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Most crude has to be modified just to transport tar sands probably has to be steamed before anything, the pipeline is specifically to get the modified crude to refineries, that seems nonsensical when it costs a lot and the product could be produced and then distributed without the extra transport. But, I could be wrong.

We need more refineries.

Speakup on September 2, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Hmm, based on this, Daryll Hannah may be one of the more intelligent members of this group.

Boy howdy. And my God, is that woman dumb – the Sally Struthers of Environmentalism.

One of the “comments” she made to O’Reilly was that T. Boone Pickens’ real agenda is to sell natural gas, even though he sunk a billion and a half into a windfarm in the Panhandle. What NOBODY seems to get is that Pickens has been steadily draining the Ogallala aquifer and selling the water to Dallas and Fort Worth.

Western water rights make this possible – if the water’s on your land you can take it, and to hell with anybody downstream. The problem now is that Pickens could singlehandedly create a new Dust Bowl from Nebraska to Mexico by depleting the entire aquifer. And by the way, a whole buncha this effort is being financed by “stimulus” funds. Ain’t life grand?

Meanwhile, these nimrods are Saving The Planet by singing Kumbaya and hugging a tree. Sweet Jesus, spare me.

warbaby on September 2, 2011 at 1:08 AM

You think they DROVE there?

golfmann on September 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Heh heh… Nicely played sir.

/golf clap for golfmann

Irritable Pundit on September 2, 2011 at 1:43 AM

“Tarzan’s Pipeline”

Oh, my God, I CANNOT stop laughing at this.

Dopenstrange on September 2, 2011 at 3:24 AM

birdhurd on September 2, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Not sure how many times folks need to be beat over the head with this small fact, but there is no such thing as TAR SANDS. The only thing you find around Fort Mac are OIL SANDS. Made up of oil, sand and clay. No tar anywhere.

Jim708 on September 2, 2011 at 6:43 AM

And afterwards they happily motored off in their Obama Volts..(they were the 210 people that bought them)

malkinmania on September 2, 2011 at 6:48 AM

You don’t have to even go as far as their vehicles for a hypocrisy hit. The first womean with her drab, synthetic-blend gramma sweater and the second guy with his ironic-blue-necktie-that-you-want-to-strangle-him-and-his-pony-tail-with (that’s as far as I could stomach) — if they’re not wearing undyed hemp garments that they grew and stitched together themselves and didn’t have to be transported anywhere then they are not part of the solution, they are part of their problem. And this is not their only problem.

curved space on September 2, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Aging hippies. They were insufferable as 20 year-olds, and they are even more insufferable now.

keep the change on September 2, 2011 at 7:42 AM

And further, how long has it been since a new refinery was licensed in the US? Decades, no? Soooo if they could put a refinery close the the source then wallah, no pipeline. Sure then they’d have a refinery to protest, but it would be localized to, say, Bismarck, ND. A new refinery or three would be able to apply decades of new and improved tech for a cleaner more efficient, small-footprint operation. It wouldn’t be so obviously a federal case and the economic boon to ND would drum up counter actions. The EPA, filthy with long-entenched bureaudrones that have a much longer view than the clown act in the WH, surely knows this. It’s usually a toss-up which federal agency is more an agent of tyranny, but even with the partisan suppression hammer the DOJ is increasingly wielding, the EPA is holding onto its lead.

curved space on September 2, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Good Grief

You.. Just.. Can’t.. Fix.. Stupid.

franksalterego on September 2, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Even if cars ran on happy thoughts, liberals would be out of luck.

winner

seven on September 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM

I guess I’m to blame…. I’m a Texan.

I will try to do better next time :(

jeffn21 on September 2, 2011 at 8:45 AM

SO, it really IS a disease then. Poor poor people. If it wasn’t for the fact that these imbeciles have political influence and CAN and HAVE affected my life, I’d feel sorry for them. As it stands though I must confess that more then once I have entertained fantasies about a version of “ethnic cleansing” in a political ideology application. Not in a violence kind of way mind you. But a “sequestering” so as to no longer pollute our society.

Jesus said “The poor you have with you allways”, and I’m afraid we all also have the “mentally poor” with us always as well. We must be responsible for them, and ensure that they never again have the level of influence to be able to affect legislation or as we are dealing with now, a Marxist in the Oval Office.

44Magnum on September 2, 2011 at 8:49 AM

‘Stupid’ doesn’t quite describe it. We need a new word. There is nothing more dangerous to a civilized society than ambitious, ignorant, self-righteous people who would rather see the entire world in total poverty rather than admit they were wrong or misguided.

Meric1837 on September 2, 2011 at 9:25 AM

That was a great “On-The-Street” expose.

All of those interviewed are really hard core petrified liberals who will in the future will become oil. I wonder if they know that?

As usual, the exit question should be “How Did you get to this event?” When they say they drove, the response to end the interview should be “Are you serious?”

A wise man long ago said:
“You must confront stupidity and ignorance; otherwise it will think it is acceptable behavior.”

MSGTAS on September 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Frankly, the only difference between these drones and the zombies on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is their respective diets.

pilamaye on September 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Some where an institution is missing some inmates.

Kissmygrits on September 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Too short… I would have enjoyed quite a bit more of that worthless prattle from the assembled masses yearning to be stupid.

princetrumpet on September 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Where were the protestors of color?

shaken on September 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

May I quote a past President, “That depends what the definition of is, is”

mixplix on September 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Pretty good… But he missed the “how did you get to the protest” question. Ask each and every one of them that… and follow it up with “do you know how many miles Al Gore has flown in the past 10 years?”.
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Also, someone needs to tell them about Mrs Obama always getting her own mega jet to travel with for vacation. “Which side are you on Obama?” His own d*ckweeds… His own.
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RalphyBoy on September 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

“You must confront stupidity and ignorance; otherwise it will think it is acceptable behavior.”

MSGTAS on September 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Another wise man, Albert Einstein, once said

“The majority of the stupid is invincible, and will be with us always.”

Sad but true.

warbaby on September 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Pretty good… But he missed the “how did you get to the protest” question. Ask each and every one of them that… and follow it up with “do you know how many miles Al Gore has flown in the past 10 years?”.
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Also, someone needs to tell them about Mrs Obama always getting her own mega jet to travel with for vacation. “Which side are you on Obama?” His own d*ckweeds… His own.
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RalphyBoy on September 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Ralphy Boy – you make a very good point here. I’m head of a private online fishing club that focuses on offshore fishing & fisheries issues. I attend a lot of Fedl Gummint fisheries regs hearings to protest the unscientific, unneeded regs that spew forth from the corrupt anti-fishing NMFS bureaudrones who are clearly in the pocket of the professional Enviro Industry.

It’s bad enough that I have to be in the same room with the likes of NMFS’s Roy Crabtree and George Geiger but what’s really stomach-churning is going to meetings & “information seminars” held by local Enviro Industry groups like EDF Environmental Defense Fund, TOC The Ocean Conservancy, and a whole putrid alphabet soup of other Enviro Industry Groups-Du-Jour. “Know thine enemy” and all that rot.

Without fail, every one of these Enviro Industry groups’ parking lots are bursting at the seams with gas-hogging gargantuan SUV’s and luxo-mobiles. Suburbans, Escalades, Hummers, you name it. Sure, there are the occasional Subaru’s and Prius’s but they are easily outnumbered on a 4:1 ratio.

Of course, the Subaru’s and Prius’s get only 8mpg because there are so many left-wing bumper stickers festooned on the ass-end of these jackasses’ smugmobiles! “Coexist”, “Eracism”, “Masturbate The “Whales”, etc.

Catch-All
Pres., 100 Fathom Fishing Club

CatchAll on September 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM