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Paul Pinsky needs to explain himself

So apparently, State Senator Paul Pinsky needs something to do with his free time, so he decided to join the some of his Maryland Democratic Party in engaging in some illegal behavior of his own:

Maryland state Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) made good Friday on plans to be arrested in front of the White House where he was among an estimated 166 people locked up as part of a demonstration of civil disobedience against a planned oil pipeline…..

….Friday’s sit-in was the latest in a string of protests that began Aug. 20 against the TransCanada Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Alberta to oil refineries in Texas. Opponents say the extraction of “tar sands” oil uses more resources than regular oil drilling, as well as being destructive to forests and bodies of water near the sites where the oil is harvested.

The U.S. State Department, which is in charge of handling the project permit, announced last week that they believe the project would not cause significant environmental damage.Pinsky said he disputes the government’s claim and thinks his constituents would be best served if President Obama killed the proposal.

“It doesn’t stop at our borders,” he said prior to his arrest. “This is the wrong direction. We should be moving ahead with clean energy … we have to get the word out.

Whatever. Pinsky wants to support clean energy, that’s fine. He wants to embarrass himself by getting charged with a crime, he’s got plenty of company these days in the Democratic Senate Caucus.

My questions for Paul Pinsky is this: why do you believe we should continue to buy our petroleum from Middle Eastern states, some of whom are sympathetic to terrorism, instead of obtaining oil from our friendly neighbors in Canada?






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