Despite all the turmoil happening across the globe, the United Nations is apparently now turning its focus to U.S. domestic energy policy. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a U.N. special rapporteur, falsely said that the Native American tribes had not properly been consulted during the federal review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, who is from the Philippines, neglected to acknowledge the 389 meetings the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had with over 55 different tribal governments regarding the pipeline. In addition, she failed to consider the seven different occasions that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe declined or ignored meeting requests made by Dakota Access.
Furthermore, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz even dismissed concerns about the mountains of garage, debris, and human waste left by protesters on the banks of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers as “not such a big issue.”
Actually, it’s a 24,000 ton issue.
Last week, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said that federal contractors had so far removed 24,000 tons or 48 million pounds of trash, building materials and toxic debris from the former pipeline protest camp.
“Most North Dakotans would agree that’s ‘a huge issue,’” said North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
The U.N. representative also criticized law enforcement for what she called an “unnecessary use of force,” but seemingly ignored the fact that many of these “peaceful and prayerful” protests were actually quite violent. Most recently, legal filings revealed countless examples of protesters encouraging violence against police officers and posting personal information about officers and their families online.
“Through this ordeal, our law enforcement personnel have shown great professionalism and restraint as they faced taunts, verbal abuse, threats, thrown objects and even gunshots,” Burgum told the Associated Press.
The U.N. is a respected international body that serves a valuable purpose on the world stage. Simply put, the U.N. is out of line in its attempt to influence U.S. domestic policy, especially when it is based on incomplete or false information.