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December 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Stop building pipelines for oil and bitumen

We are depleting a finite resource

Whatever the conventionally measured benefits of building more pipelines to distribute a dwindling and more remote amount of oil or bitumen, the costs of continued global warming are colossal [“New high-tech maps detail wildlife habitat in West,” Online, Dec. 13].

Profiting from perhaps a few more decades of depletion of oil and tar sands may not be very advantageous if the global biosphere is wrecked when the anticipated profits are fully counted.

Putting more gas in your car when the biosphere is spiraling downward is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Depletion of a finite resource is not really production. A proper cost-benefit analysis of expansion of oil pipelines should include the opportunity cost of not acting now to end the unsustainable addiction to oil. Redesigning transportation systems and cities, and investing accordingly to reduce oil consumption and its carbon emissions is a significant part of this necessary calculation.

Charles Addington, Seattle

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