MSU Video Game Dangerous Attempt to Harm Petrochemical Industry

Michigan State University has developed a video game called “Thunderbird Strike,” which allows players to travel through areas of Canada and Michigan where anti-oil protests have taken place, and “earn points by firing lightning” at pipelines, trucks, and other forms of petrochemical infrastructure. The GAIN Coalition issued the following statement in response, which can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the coalition.

“Despite what the leader of this project contends, the fact that taxpayer money is being used to fund a game that could inspire illegal and potentially fatal acts of eco-terrorism is a dangerous attempt to villainize the petrochemical industry. Demonizing pipelines and the petrochemical industry will have no benefit to the environment, especially when one considers that pipelines are the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport petrochemical products that are essential to daily life.”

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