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‘How to blow up a pipeline’: Eco-terrorism movie could inspire violence, critics say

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Delaware Valley Journal, April 2023

A newly released film depicting activists planning the destruction of a Texas oil pipeline has reignited a longstanding debate about violence in the media. Could violent portrayals in movies and other art forms lead to real-life violence?

In Southeast Pennsylvania, where there has been heated debate for years over a local pipeline project — including a local Democrat who compared pipeline workers to Nazis — the conversation is more than academic.

The movie “How to Blow up a Pipeline” got its title from a 2021 book by Swedish writer and activist Andreas Malm. In it, Malm suggested environmentalists should consider aggressive, violent destruction of fossil fuel infrastructure to fight climate change’s purported effects.

Continue reading at the Delaware Valley Journal.

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