Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested in White House Protest
August 30, 2011 - 9:49 pm
Back in January of 2009, Tavis Smiley of PBS told his fellow liberals, “Harry Reid, put down the crack pipe. You don’t work for Barack Obama? We’re all working for Barack Obama.”
Evidently, Daryl Hannah didn’t get the memo.
Last year, Fox Nation reported that the actress was “disappointed” in the president:
Daryl Hannah has a bone to pick with Barack Obama: In fact, she’s mighty cross with the Leader of the Free World. Frankly, I suspect he would probably swoon at the mere sight of her – that cascade of blonde hair, those other-worldly pale hyacinth eyes, like a freshly landed mermaid’s – but I digress. For now we shall concentrate on Hannah the Eco-Campaigner.
Rather admirably, the 49-year-old has no truck with the Hollywood orthodoxy that all Republicans are villains and all Democrats heroes, but has always gone her own way. ‘I try to stay away from politics because politicians inevitably let you down as they’re always beholden to the people who put them in office,’ she says. ‘I’m pleased about the organic vegetable patch on the White House lawn, but Obama needs to put back the solar panels on the roof; Jimmy Carter put them up, Reagan took them down, and now it’s time they were reinstated. Reagan banned offshore drilling and Obama is trying to open it up again, which is terrible, especially given the recent oil spill. Then there’s nuclear power, endangered species…’ she trails off in tremulous disappointment.
So flash-forward to today, which found Daryl having gone from disappointment to a nostalgic sixties-style sit-in and getting busted by The Man:
Daryl Hannah was arrested by U.S. Park Police Tuesday at a protest in front of the White House, a police spokesman told TheWrap.
Hannah was participating in a sit-in against the construction of a pipeline that would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
The actress was handcuffed by police after she refused to move.
She paid an $100 fine and was released from custody, a police spokesperson told TheWrap.
But if Hannah was worried about the oil spill in the Gulf last year, why is she protesting a pipeline that helps to reduce both offshore drilling and supertankers bringing oil from the Middle East? As Ezra Levant wrote last September in the blog post that accompanied his book Ethical Oil:
In Ethical Oil, I make the case for Canada’s oilsands from a liberal point of view. Here’s why.
We’ve heard the oilsands called unethical, dirty and even nasty. One propagandist actually called it “blood oil”.
But look at the alternatives: oil from places like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nigeria, Venezuela and Sudan. I don’t compare the oilsands against some fantasy fuel of the future that is perfect in every way. When someone invents solar-powered airplanes or wind-powered cars, let me know. Until then, let’s leave that to science fiction.
Because if the oilsands were to be shut down tomorrow, the United States would simply replace our petroleum with petroleum from somewhere else. Along with the emerging economies of India and China, they’re going to fill their gastanks with oil from somewhere.
So if the choice is not between the oilsands and perfection, but between the oilsands and OPEC, we can have a serious discussion.
As the Celebslam site noted, Daryl had to get from her home in Colorado to Washington somehow. Where would she prefer the fuel that powers the aircraft and automobiles that transported her to come from?