March 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Obama nominates two to reach climate goals
Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute greatly to climate change
President Barack Obama will decide soon whether to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline [“Obama’s climate goals shape Energy, EPA choices,” News, March 5]. This pipeline will contribute greatly to climate change and the jobs created will be negligible. After the pipeline is built, the permanent jobs will number under 50.
The cost to our environment is not worth this for oil that will just be passing through our country and sold on the world market. People need to understand that it won’t change the price you pay at the pump.
We have seen our country experience drought and exceptional storms. If we don’t do something to curb emissions this will only get worse and we will all be paying for it through the high cost of food and in the extra cost to rebuild after a devastating storm. We need to get away from fossil fuels, especially tar sands oil that is particularly damaging to the environment.
The State Department’s own review of this Canadian pipeline said it will have harmful impacts on climate. There is no excuse to approve big oil’s pet project. Someday our children will ask us why we stood by and did nothing. This is something that can be done now.
–Donna Slayback, Gig Harbor
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