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Keystone XL opponents have to enlist foreigners to help their cause

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline wanted to claim victory by providing far more comments to the State Department than supporters of the pipeline.

The only problem? Nearly half of the negative comments came from out of the country, the Washington Post reports.

That’s right, opponents are so desperate to kill the pipeline that they enlisted the help of people outside the U.S.

Avaaz, a liberal advocacy group trying to crush the pipeline, helped garner 954,827 comments against the pipeline through an online campaign. But just 65,938 (6.9 percent) of those comments came from the U.S. and just 66,817 (7 percent) came from Canada. The remaining 822,072 comments collected by the group came from foreigners.

Some of the foreign opponents include South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Teresa Ribera, Spain's former secretary of state for climate change. Because we all know how credible Spain is when it comes to energy.

Opponents have been touting the fact that negative comments outweighed positive comments 2-to-1, with 2 million comments being submitted against the pipeline.

It's now clear that opponents, already losing the battle since the State Department declared the pipeline wouldn't hurt the environment, have brought in the cavalry to help bolster their side.

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Ashe Schow

Commentary Writer
The Washington Examiner