So one-time Hollywood pretty boy Robert Redford has come out against the Keystone pipeline.
Well, it’s a free country so anyone can have his say. Right? The trouble here is that a celebrity like Redford gets free publicity. How about an opportunity for the man on the street to respond. Publicly. At the same time and in the same space. Celebs, particularly liberals (or progressives) seem to get more air or print time than others. To the exclusion of the opposing view. Well, this writer in particular believes the Keystone project should go forward. Now. It’s been stonewalled by an incompetent president far too long.
I do believe in the environment. I like nature, the outdoors, parks, wild animals etc. But I don’t believe in extremism. Moderation is the key. And I also do believe in progress. Some balancing is in order. People like Redford appear to be totally one-sided. It’s save the environment at the expense of everything else. And because of his celebrity his views get to be put forward without any opposing viewpoints.
Well, that’s not right.
The Canadian oil sands, which are at the heart of the Keystone controversy, will be developed, Obama or no Obama. If the oil is not transported through the U.S. by pipeline to refineries at or near the Gulf of Mexico, then it will have to be transported by rail to other destinations, likely Canadian. What about the impact on the environment of all that rail activity. What about the carbon emissions in that scenario? What about the loss of jobs if no pipeline is built? In an economy which needs to put more people back to work wouldn’t pipeline construction be helpful?
So, there are many arguments for the pipeline which have not been advanced because a celeb like Redford gets free press and has the whole stage. He made a few bucks taking advantage of the American capitalist system and acquired a bit of a name. But he’s not entitled to exalted status. He’s not entitled to mouth off publicly at the expense of those who disagree with him. And which media outlets are going to publish my thoughts if I want to be heard? Right. None. That’s the point. Space for an appropriate response to any celebrity outburst should be the law. In the same space, and at the same time.
That should be the American way. That should be the law.
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