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May 6, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Applauding the senator for pipeline support

Applauding the senatorfor pipeline support

I’d like to applaud Senator Joe Donnelly for his recent decision to join Republicans in supporting a bill to force President Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It’s so refreshing to know our senator is among those level-headed leaders who see the merits of this pipeline venture.

For sure, somebody needs to stand up to the environmental movement and their misguided opposition to such sorely needed and necessary infrastructure.

All this gibberish about a spill threatening the Ogallala aquifer and contaminating, indefinitely, the water supply serving a huge section of the midwest is getting tiresome.

Then there are the leading scientists and their claim that by clearing a very small section of Alberta wilderness, scarcely bigger than the state of Florida, for the sake of oil sands extraction means “game over “ for the climate we’ve enjoyed for a few thousand years. Seriously, in the big picture it’s a handful of trees.

And besides, anyone with an ounce of sense knows where to file all this climate change nonsense. I mean, did you stick your head out the door last winter?

Oh, I’m sure climate scientists would write it off as “weather extremes” and all a predicted part of global climate change, but thank goodness the senator knows better than to swallow that malarchy.

So there are reports from Canada of fish and wildlife contamination, habitat destruction, the loss of a huge carbon sink in the boreal forest, a dramatic jump in cancer rates among Athabaskan people downstream of the tar sands ..., the list goes on, but come on, nothing is free of risk, and we have people needing jobs!

It is of no concern that the tar sands, once refined, will be used minimally in the U.S. but instead be sent to China. We need to stay focused on all the other benefits, like, um ...

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