Actress Rosario Dawson Argues Keystone Pipeline's for China, Not for the 'Benefit of the American People'

MRCTV's Joe Schoffstall caught up with liberal actress Rosario Dawson yesterday at the Washington rally against the Keystone XL pipeline. Dawson insisted President Obama "could and should do more" for green energy, and the old "brown" kind somehow doesn't create jobs.

"This pipeline is not for the benefit of the American people," she said. "This pipeline is so that we can start selling to China and other places. Which they would say was about creating some jobs and it’s about bringing in money, but most of that money isn’t trickling down to anybody." She does favor hemp oil. (Video below)

She added: "What is trickling down to us is leakages, spills, bad health, um, contaminated water, contaminated air, radioactive materials, property values dropping, our health. That’s what’s being trickled down to us, and we have to say no to that."

Dawson urged Obama to reject the pipeline, and pushed "hemp oil" as the future: "I think it would be really a not-smart thing to do...We’ve already seen spills that are catastrophic, and there’s no way that we know how to clean this up...We don’t see these problems when there’s a hemp oil spill, you know, we don’t suddenly hear about all these birds and animals, and like, radioactivity and all these things happening. It’s not a problem, so that’s the energy that we need to be pushing forwards."

Hemp and energy wouldn't seem to go together, would they? Here's a piece of the "hemp oil" page at Wikipedia:

Refined hempseed oil is primarily used in body care products. Industrial hempseed oil is used in lubricants, paints, inks, fuel, and plastics. Hempseed oil has found some limited use in the production of soaps, shampoos and detergents. The oil is of high nutritional value because of its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body. It has also received attention in recent years as a possible feedstock for the large-scale production of biodiesel.

Earlier: Rosario Dawson hits Catholic colleges to push "Undocu-bus," abortion, gay marriage

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