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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Just after President Obama finished his address to the DNC, Hillary Clinton walked out on stage to join him, so the better could share a few embraces, wave to the crowd—and let the cameras capture all the unity for posterity.
In a speech that began a bit like a State of the Union address, President Obama said the "country is stronger and more prosperous than it was" when he took office eight years ago. He then talked of battling Hillary Clinton for the nomination in 2008, and discovering her "unbelievable work ethic," before saying that no one—"not me, not Bill"—has ever been more qualified to be president. When his first mention of Donald Trump drew boos, he quickly admonished the crowd: "Don't boo. Vote." He then added that Trump is "not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either."
Tim Kaine introduced himself to the nation tonight, devoting roughly the first half of his speech to his own story (peppered with a little of his fluent Spanish) before pivoting to Hillary Clinton—and her opponent. "Hillary Clinton has a passion for children and families," he said. "Donald Trump has a passion, too: himself." His most personal line came after noting that his son Nat just deployed with his Marine battalion. "I trust Hillary Clinton with our son's life," he said.
Michael Bloomberg said he wasn't appearing to endorse any party or agenda. He was merely there to support Hillary Clinton. "I don't believe that either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership," he said, before enumerating how he disagreed with both the GOP and his audience in Philadelphia. "Too many Republicans wrongly blame immigrants for our problems, and they stand in the way of action on climate change and gun violence," he said. "Meanwhile, many Democrats wrongly blame the private sector for our problems, and they stand in the way of action on education reform and deficit reduction." Calling Donald Trump a "dangerous demagogue," he said, "I'm a New Yorker, and a know a con when I see one."
Vice President Biden tonight called President Obama "one of the finest presidents we have ever had" before launching into a passionate defense of Hillary Clinton. "Everybody knows she's smart. Everybody knows she's tough. But I know what she's passionate about," he said. "There's only one person in this race who will help you. ... It's not just who she is; it's her life story." But he paused to train some fire on her opponent "That's not Donald Trump's story," he said. "His cynicism is unbounded. ... No major party nominee in the history of this country has ever known less."