Politicizing Pipelines Is as Dumb as Politicizing Masks

Protesters march in front of Grand Forks City Hall Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in response to a mask resolution enacted Oct. 26 by the City Council. (Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald)

MINOT, N.D. — Several decades from now, I expect that I will struggle to explain to my future grandchildren the reasoning behind opposition to masking during the Great Pandemic of 2020.

I imagine being asked why so many refused to do something as simple as cover their mouths and noses amid an outbreak of a terrible airborne virus. How to explain this mass departure from rational thought to future generations?

The explanation to my imagined progeny will be as difficult to execute as explaining why there were so many violent protests against oil pipelines, given that every single person who has ever objected to a pipeline will, today, as you read this, use a product made from petroleum that was shipped through a pipeline.

“You mean they used the pipelines they were protesting, Grandpa?”

Yes, my fictional dear ones, they did.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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