Why Standing Rock is Important for All of Humanity
The news of the first victory from this weekend at Standing Rock marks an important moment of celebration, but also an opportunity for reflecting on what is next.
The danger is to have our attention divert elsewhere even though the struggle of Standing Rock will almost surely continue.
The most lasting victory, I believe, still lies in the future.
That’s because drilling for the pipeline is very likely to continue. Energy Transfer Partners can pay only $29M or so in fines for ignoring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denial of permit — a pittance for a multi-billion dollar pipeline.