Two Muslim Brotherhood linked organizations, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) are vigorously opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Why would organizations that claim to defend Muslim civil rights oppose a pipeline that will help America’s economy and energy independence?
The Dakota Access Pipeline will deliver up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day from American oil fields to American refineries. The pipeline will increase America’s energy independence and decrease the cost of fuel products. See full report on Dakota Access Pipeline.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company handling the 1,172-mile and $3.78 billion project, had received all state and federal approvals except for a short section under the Missouri River in North Dakota. However, mounting opposition alleging that the pipeline will ruin American Native sites and water quality influenced President Barack Obama to order the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction on the pipeline to look for another route for the final part of the pipeline which goes under the Missouri River. Eight other pipelines already cross the Missouri River.
The Council on American Islamic Relations opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline:
- CAIR Oklahoma joined in the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in October 2016. CAIR Oklahoma press release states “Representatives from Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma and Black Lives Matter were in attendance, expressing their support for indigenous communities and the struggles they face.”
- CAIR Minnesota joined in the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in November 2016.
- The Council on American Islamic Relations issued a press release on December 5, 2016 titled CAIR welcomes denial of easement for Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Islamic Circle of North America sent out the following email blast on December 1, 2016:
Take Action Today
Call President Obama & Governor of North Dakota!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The case of water protectors in North Dakota is getting worse and worse by the day. The pipeline, which would carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois, would cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The tribe — and the “water protectors” protesting alongside — say the pipeline would trammel on sacred lands and could contaminate the local drinking water supply if it leaks or ruptures. Stopping DAPL is a matter of climate justice and decolonization for indigenous peoples.
Police used a range of potentially lethal weapons against peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock: tear gas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, mace, and water cannons. With temperatures well below freezing, the use of water cannons has afflicted many with hypothermia—not to mention the physical pain from being blasted with high-pressure water.
Let’s call President Obama and demand that he give an executive order to permanently stop the pipeline.
Let us also call the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, to not allow any blockage on food and supplies coming into the camp. On Tuesday, after the governor ordered the camp evacuated and a winter storm swept in, officials said they would begin blocking supplies.
The protesters vowed to stay put. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday that the public will not be allowed in areas being used to protest after December 5th and that anyone found on the property will be considered trespassing and subject to prosecution.
President Obama is acting on leftist politics to delay completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline was supposed to be completed in December 2016. Thankfully, President Elect Donald Trump supports that Dakota Access Pipeline. However, liberal progressives are already asserting that Trump cannot take a position on the pipeline because he owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners who is developing the pipeline.
On November 28, 2016 North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered the pipeline protesters to leave. Two days later the Islamic Circle of North America sent out their call to action email targeting Governor Jack Dalrymple.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email to thank North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple for his efforts to put an end to this disruptive protest that is hindering America’s economy and energy independence.
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North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
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