Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cra— oh never mind. It’s been getting crazier and crazier by the nanosecond for more than a year and it’s gonna get a whole lot crazier before sanity even dares to peek its head out from under the covers.
As I began to write, I was reminded of an article I wrote earlier today, at the beginning of which I thought to myself, “I might as well be writing for The Babylon Bee (satire site).”
Welp, as Yogi Berra used to say, it feels like déjà vu, all over again.
So first, this happened — a week ago — as we know. As described by Wall Street Journal editorial page columnist Kimberley Strassel:
“President Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s an insult to Canada, ends thousands of jobs, and does nothing for the climate.
“President Trump gave the right of way, but legal challenges by anti-fossil fuel groups marooned the pipeline and ran out the clock on the Trump years.
“Now Mr. Biden is yanking Keystone’s permit and rejoining the Paris agreement. Neither action will matter to the climate.”
Reality: The Keystone XL Pipeline has become far more than an oil pipeline to the Left; it is the “golden calf” of the fossil fuel industry and it must be destroyed.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) January 21, 2021
“How to Blow Up a Pipeline” is the title of a real book getting rave reviews and it’s not metaphorical. https://t.co/psm16fZjfM
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) January 27, 2021
As noted by Not the Bee (a legit news site, as opposed to its sister site, The Babylon Bee), Big Tech doesn’t seem to have a problem with a book that advocates real violence and destruction. You know, as opposed to bad orange man.
“I’ll note here at the beginning that a book explicitly advocating violence and destruction appears to be perfectly A-OK with the Twitter sensors.”
Shocked? Me neither.
“A new book, ‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline,’ suggests that when it comes to climate change activism there should be room for tactics other than strict nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations.”
Let that sink in. This isn’t some terrorist site on the dark web. This is a published book. “How to Blow Up a Pipeline.” Reviewed by The New York Times, as if it’s a do-it-yourself booklet about how to build a porch swing.
A new book, “How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” suggests that when it comes to climate change activism there should be room for tactics other than strict nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations https://t.co/FvbVmke96H
— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) January 24, 2021
In the NYT review, titled Three Books Offer New Ways to Think About Environmental Disaster, the book’s author, Andreas Malm, a Swedish professor of human ecology and climate change activist, is quoted as apparently running out of patience:
“To say that the [protests against fossil fuels] have fallen on the deaf ears of the ruling classes of this world would be an understatement. If these classes ever had any senses, they have lost them all.”
In other words, more must be done, in Mahm’s mind, to “get their attention.”
The reviewer wrote:
“A proportionate and rational response, Malm argues, should be to target fossil fuel infrastructure: Destroy fences around a power plant; occupy pipeline routes, as protesters did for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelinesm […] which Malm believes are effective […] for activism and for shutting things down by putting bodies on the line.
“So Malm wants us to fight back (though I should add that there aren’t any actual instructions here about how to blow anything up).
“He argues that there should be room for tactics other than strict nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations — indeed, he is a bit contemptuous of those who offer strategic pacifism as a solution — and notes that fetishizing nonviolence in past protest movements sanitizes history, removing agency from the people who fought, sometimes violently, for justice, freedom and equality.”
Malm’s publisher goes further.
First things first: “How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire” will not tell you how to actually blow up a pipeline.
There are no clear instructions [instructions, just not “clear” instructions?] or how to create and detonate a device capable of exploding the average pipeline.
It is not an instruction manual in that sense. As helpful as this kind of manual would be [hmm…] in the struggle for the continued existence of humanity, this book is no such thing.”
Mahm’s straightforward solution is sabotage, admits the publisher.
“Malm’s solution is straightforward: sabotage. [He] is particularly focused on making city streets inhospitable to SUVs) to large scale acts of destruction.
“Damage and destroy new CO2-emitting devices. Put them out of commission, pick them apart, demolish them, burn them, blow them up. Let the capitalists who keep on investing in the fire know that their properties will be trashed.”
In related news, Google-owned YouTube announced on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s YouTube channel will remain suspended indefinitely, as explained by an irrelevant spokesperson:
“In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended. Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.”
Whew. We can continue to sleep safely in our beds at night, America. Bad orange man’s Twitter account and YouTube channel will remain indefinitely or permanently suspended.
That is, those of us who don’t happen to live too close to an oil pipeline that some environmentalist whackos might want to blow up.