In a pique, foolish and arrogant climate leftists from the group Climate Direct Action broke in to enclosed and locked valve stations and shut off the flow of oil to 5 US-Canada cross-border oil pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington, which carry about 15% of US daily oil consumption Climate Activists Shut US-Canada Oil Pipelines.
In all their AGW induced save the planet arrogance, the leftist activists stated:
There’s an absence of political leadership or legal means to immediately end oil and coal use, [and] they felt they needed to take action.
Immediately end oil and coal use? How stupid are these snowflakes. Its too bad we can’t immediately cut off all utilities to where these fools live, and take their cars too. Perhaps then they might, just might, begin to see the error in their thinking (such as it is).
But all that aside, these buffoons could easily get someone hurt, killed, or (gasp) harm the environment. Because shutting valves in a high temperature pressurized piping system, can cause pipes to leak or rupture.
… [P]ipeline specialists said it was lucky there were no leaks on Tuesday. Once the valves are shut, pressure can quickly build up inside pipelines that operate under as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg) per square inch.
Protesters were taking a chance that a weak spot in a line would not explode, and that employees in operations hubs would spring into action after hearing alarms.
“On the wrong pipeline, in the wrong place (actions like this) could kill people. This is hazardous hot liquid. It’s not something to be terrified of, but it must be respected,” said Richard Kuprewicz, president of Accufacts Inc, a pipeline advisory firm.
Anyway. The activists have been arrested. And I hope that prosecutors throw the book at them. For these morons richly deserve more than a soft slap on the wrist.