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Letter to the Editor: Bad pipeline

— To the editor:

It’s bad enough that so many people think coal trains and Walmarts are good for the economy, but now we also have to contend with the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” they keep saying as incentive to keep destroying this country.

As climate change continues to devastate our environment and our economy — think Hurricane Sandy or our longer fire season — the U.S. State Department admits that the Keystone XL Pipeline will create very few permanent living wage jobs. Why should the public support this?

This pipeline will carry toxic tar sands through America, not to America. Each year, Keystone XL will emit at least 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide across our countryside. This is before it has been processed and shipped overseas to be burned, most likely in China. I see no reason we should allow a foreign company to profit and endanger our health and welfare.

Think, too, of the people, farmers and ranchers, whose land will be seized to build Keystone XL. Just as the coal trains will poison the Columbia Gorge, so will Keystone XL poison valuable crop and ranch land. How will that be beneficial to America? Oh, well, we will get a handful of jobs. Whoopee! Oh, and some studies say our gas prices will actually increase instead of decrease. Whoopee!

Our moral imperative is clear. We must not continue on this path to destruction. We must stop this fossil fuel madness for ourselves and our future generations. There are far more jobs to be found in the newer technologies of green energy. We should be the world leader in sustainable energy. Why aren’t we? Because some government officials are being bribed by big oil and gas to keep us under their thrall.

“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” they keep whispering. A few jobs versus the death and deterioration of the rest of America are not a proper course. We must tell Congress and the president that we don’t want the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s un-American.

Debra Lutje

The Dalles

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