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February 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Keystone XL pipeline: A boon to the Northwest

I noticed that the senators from Washington voted against the Keystone pipeline [“TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land,” Nation & World, Jan. 20].

Around a half-century ago, natural-gas pipelines began bringing natural gas to the Northwest from Western states and Canada. Today, about half of our natural gas comes to the Northwest by pipeline from Canada. I’m glad that U.S. Sens. Henry M. Jackson and Warren Magnuson had the foresight not to challenge these pipelines — we might still be in the era of fuel oil, coal and wood for heating homes.

Why would we be trying to limit the production of a North American energy source when the Northwest is so critically dependent on Canadian energy? The Keystone pipeline would utilize North American oil in the U.S. just as other pipelines are already providing energy to the Northwest. If we decide to limit Canada from exporting a needed commodity, could Canada in turn decide to limit the export of natural gas?

Thomas Briggs, Redmond

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