Pipelines have become the new target for environmental activists and Native protesters. They leak and break, no two ways around that. But they are the safest way to transport petroleum. Standing Rock is all about protecting water and a protest against energy corporations. The protesters have a lot of credible arguments regarding these concerns. Some of the protesters are actually calling for a world with no more oil. Great idea, but where are the electric cars that are practical? Some jurisdictions are almost there, Denmark should be 100% renewable by 2030. The vast majority of their renewable energy will be wind power. California is on the way to 100% renewable by 2050, mainly wind and solar energy. The Golden State has been building massive solar energy complexes over the past five years.
Wishful thinking at this point. The masses are in love with their automobiles. Society is physically structured around the car. The sprawling suburbs, people that commute to the city from satellite towns many kilometers outside the metro areas. People will not stop using their vehicles to the maximum. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I live in downtown Winnipeg and walk to work and shopping etc. I use public transit to get to the big malls and visit relatives in the burbs. Occasionally I rent a vehicle to get out of the city. But my situation is part of a tiny minority that live like this.
We are many decades away from a complete transformation to renewable energy. Petroleum is used by many eco/activists on a daily basis and they don’t even realize it. Plastics, clothes, upholstery, asphalt to name a few.
Getting back to Standing Rock. Look closely at the photos below of the protest site.
For crying out loud it looks like a car dealership auto mall!!
You Standing Rock idealists, you like to protest, but you are no different that the next person. You love your car!