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Oh the irony, the only pollution at the Standing Rock protest site wasn’t from the oil pipeline, it is from the 2500 ute loads of rubbish the smelly hippies left behind.
Want to know the damage environmentalists can wreak on an area? Check out these new pictures from North Dakota, where environmentalists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline left behind such a gargantuan mess near the Cannonball River that ABC News reported, “Local and federal officials estimate there’s enough trash and debris in the camp to fill about 2,500 pickup trucks.” Those trucks will have to haul the trash away before the spring thaw, when it will pollute the Missouri River and other waterways.
On Wednesday, Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering admitted, “We’re really fighting the clock. There’s more garbage down there than anybody anticipated.” George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association, told Western Wire:
There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle.
Ever since Heather du Plessis-Allan stopped writing about herself, she’s become useful again.
Former prime minister David Lange once described Peter Dunne as “a man whose life is so boring that if it flashed past he wouldn’t be in it”.
If it was meant as an insult, it shouldn’t be taken as one.
Lange may never have imagined what an appetite voters have for boring.
Dunne has served in more governments than most millennials have lived through.
He holds the record for the longest unbroken stint in Parliament.
He may also hold some record for code-swapping; trading in Labour for Independent, swapping that for Future, upgrading to United NZ, renaming that as United Future, supporting a Labour government and then defecting to support a National government.
It’s been 33 years and 11 elections and, if I was Peter Dunne, I’d say that’s enough. I’d call it a day.
One good reason is that the looming election may be the one the United Future leader finally loses.
In Ohariu, Dunne’s up against his most formidable opponent yet in former Police Association boss Greg O’Connor with his decades of public profile. Read more »