Harvard Law School RethinksPromoting Eco-Terrorism

This week, Harvard Law School was scheduled to screen the film, ‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline,’ alongside director and Harvard graduate, Daniel Goldhaber and Professor Jon Hanson. The movie is a screen adaption of Eco-Marxist Andreas Malm’s book.

Both the film and book argue “divestment and marches” are not enough, and protestors must “learn to disrupt business as usual.” The book’s author proudly told The New York Times magazine he would “gladly participate” in blowing up a pipeline, but had not had the opportunity to do so.

However, after receiving vocal backlash about promoting eco-terrorism, Harvard Law School quietly canceled the screening.

Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition and former senior advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman:

“The movie, ‘How to Blow up a Pipeline,’ is domestic terrorism disguised as ‘filmmaking.’ This movie glorifies violence in the name of activism, creating a problem in search of a solution. It’s shocking that Harvard planned to promote a film that encourages violent, illegal acts of terrorism and – apparently – only changed their minds when faced with criticism. 

As the leader in oil and natural gas development, the United States stands alone in our ability to promote global energy security and act as a hedge against totalitarianism. With a billion people still living in energy poverty, and millions under the threat of tyranny, these ivory tower eco-terrorists are on the wrong side of the debate and the wrong side of history.”

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