When the State Department approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2008, it launched a roller-coaster ride of debate in Washington. Five years later, energy lobbyists, environmentalists, and Congress remain firmly strapped in.
To commemorate the anniversary of its authorization, House Republicans sent out a press release detailing the history of the pipeline, complete with 16 reactionary GIFs to illustrate each important moment. The release, presumably an effort to engage young voters, is a millennial feast for the eyes.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee starts by allowing Jim Carrey to show how the public ought to have felt five years ago:
And in October 2010, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said her department was “inclined” to approve the pipeline, this time with Jimmy Fallon:
When in 2012 President Obama rejected TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit to build the pipeline:
When in March, the Senate passed a budget amendment calling for approval of Keystone XL construction:
There’s more. Oh, so much more. But to sum up, here’s how the committee feels today:
This isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to woo millennials well-versed in GIF-speak. In July, the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation published a 23-GIF listicle on BuzzFeed explaining how Obamacare will negatively affect younger people. A GIF featuring an excited Jimmy Fallon appears in both of these lists, so perhaps the GOP should start digging deeper on Tumblr for its next one.
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