The “ultimate choice” isn’t between jobs and dirty energy.
Looking for solutions in all the wrong places
Harry Melander and William Blazar wrote March 25 in favor of the pipeline expansion, concluding that “the ultimate choice is whether we follow the advice of groups like Greenpeace and turn back the clock to the days of OPEC dominance and less efficient use of our natural resources, or increase America’s jobs, economic and energy security.”
Truly, the ultimate choice is to address the effects of climate change that caused $41 billion in weather-related disasters in 2013, as announced Monday by the U.N. weather agency. The ultimate solution to increase America’s jobs, and economic and energy security, and to mitigate massive weather-related costs is renewable energy. We cannot postpone the inevitable much longer.
Mike Menzel, Edina
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From a recent news report: Federal environmental officials now estimate that more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.
And from the last few years:
• The Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline spill was the biggest leak in North Dakota since 1 million barrels of saltwater brine, a byproduct of oil production, leaked from a well site in 2006.
• Exxon Mobil’s Mayflower pipeline ruptured in a suburban neighborhood in Arkansas, forcing residents from homes. It spilled some 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of heavy crude from Canada.
• Enbridge shut its 345,000-barrel-per-day Athabasca pipeline after 1,400 barrels of oil spilled in northeast Alberta.
• Exxon Mobil’s Silvertip pipeline leaked 1,500 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone River after heavy flooding in the region.
• Enbridge’s 41-year-old 6B pipeline ruptured in Michigan, leaking 19,500 barrels of crude.
Melander and Blazar state that they are not experts in pipeline engineering. Nor am I. But from the evidence I routinely read, it appears pipelines clearly are not safe.
Bryan Haugen, Mayer
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