I’m retired now, but I’ve got >30 years in the energy business. The protestors are wrong on the facts and wrong on the science. And the protest itself has blossomed into things (“End hydrocarbon useage!!!) that aren’t terribly practical. That said, passing laws to separate people from their first amendment rights of assembly and protest is bullshit. And making it ok to physically harm somebody, even while saying that “well, I don’t really mean you should do it” is bullshit squared. The state has a point that the feds have pretty much screwed this situation to death – “you’ve got a permit, now you don’t, now you do again, oops not now” – but does a state law allowing a state to sue the federal government really have any teeth? Couldn’t you file a suit (whether it would survive or not) without one?