April 18, 2023

Energy groups sound alarm on new film

Steve Hallstrom
Special to The Farmer

A new movie that focuses on one of western North Dakota’s key industries is drawing positive reviews from some, and sharp criticism from others.
“How to Blow Up a Pipeline” began airing in theaters across the country on April 7. It’s based on a book, of the same name, that was released in 2021. The author, Andreas Malm, argues that property crimes and vandalism are justifiable tactics considering the success of other social justice efforts throughout American history.
The film is set in West Texas and revolves around a group of young people that decides to blow up an oil pipeline, due to one of the main characters’ family members dying during an extreme heat wave which that character attributes to climate change.

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