Do they realize that this kind of hysteria only hurts their cause? Or is it that their lives are so empty and worthless that nothing short of seeing themselves battling evil to save the world will fill the hole in their souls?

The Hill:

Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

After speaking with top State Department officials on Thursday, the activists sent a letter to Kerry, digging deep into the secretary’s past when he testified in Congress against the Vietnam War.

“In 1971, when you were roughly our age, you asked ‘How can you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ ” the letter states. “We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake — the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption.”

“We dare to believe that it’s not just an accident of history that this recommendation falls to you,” the letter said.

Among the co-signers was Leto, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar a week ago for his performance in “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”

Other co-signers included Guster guitarist Adam Gardner and Connor Kennedy, who was arrested a last year with his father at an anti-pipeline protest.

Ben Gosthall, leader of the Bold Nebraska campaign against Keystone XL, also joined in signing the request, which made the rounds before the final day the State Department would accept public comments on the $5.4 billion oil-sands pipeline.

Why does the State Department give these “activists” the time of day? Their ability to contribute technical or scientific information to the debate is nil. You have to wonder if celebrity worship has infected Foggy Bottom.

Put their comments on a piece of paper and hand it in like everyone else. Getting a meeting with State Department employees is a waste of time,

And yeah…approving Keystone is just like 56,000 Americans getting killed. Right. That must mean that building coal fired electric plant is like dropping another Hiroshima bomb. And all the fracking going on is like the asteroid strike 63 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs.

The problem with using hyperbole and exaggeration as criticism is that eventually, you have nowhere to go with it and you end up sounding like a lunatic.