"Dumb Way to Protest": Activists Protest Oil and Gas with...Products Made From Oil and Gas?
FrackFeed | July 30, 2019
Extinction Rebellion, a “Keep It In The Ground” activist group, decided it had to make its point stick to Congress last week – literally. the protestors reached the well-reasoned, thoughtful conclusion that the best way to do that was to super glue themselves to the walls of the U.S. Capitol.
Extinction Rebellion, based in the U.K., labels itself “an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with the group, they are pretty fond of gluing themselves to things. In March, several members glued themselves naked to the U.K. House of Commons, and in April of this year, several glued themselves to the roof of a train.
Talk about taking the phrase “stick it to the man” too literally.
Most recently, on July 23, over a dozen protestors glued their hands to the walls of the tunnel connecting the House to the Capitol building, draping themselves in plastic caution tape for dramatic effect.
You may be wondering – aren’t super glue and caution tape created from petroleum products? Why yes, yes they are. Nothing like protesting oil and gas with products made from oil and gas.
The protestors demanded action from authorities, and funny enough, they did end up getting what they asked for. It just happened to be action from law enforcement. Seventeen of the protestors were arrested for obstruction/incommoding, defacing government property, and resisting arrest.
Now Extinction Rebellion is stuck raising funds for their legal fees.
As Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., former vice chair of the House Subcommittee on Environment, aptly put it: “…supergluing yourself to a door is a very dumb way to protest.”