Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Pipeline not worth the risk

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson has never met a fossil fuel he didn’t like.

On March 7 (CDT), he tried to convince us that the Keystone XL pipeline would create some short-term jobs during construction and then increase our oil supply. Wonderful.

With record oil surpluses, it seems that new oil would be sold abroad and the price driven down. Are gas prices such a problem just now? And, now that unemployment was 5.5 percent in February and the economy added 2.3 million jobs in 2014, are short-term jobs worth the risk of pipeline breaks or, if all goes well, the refining and burning of tar-sands oil, the dirtiest oil on the planet?

More carbon is more carbon. This destabilizes weather, making some places colder, others hotter. There are more storms and storms are more violent. Eh, Boston?

Eventually, what goes around comes around, and this time in the form of declining health from pollution, rising sea levels and pretty soon an unlivable planet.

Burning gas fracked out of the Marcellus Shale is a good thing, according to Thompson. Somehow adding methane to the carbon dioxide doesn’t ring any bells, but this is not exactly “clean.” Possibly coal will kill you faster, but natural gas can do the job fast enough. Again, who’s rushing?

Donald Kunze