Pipeline’s effect

02/05/2014 5:43 PM

02/05/2014 5:44 PM

In Sunday’s article on the Keystone XL pipeline, inches of column space were devoted to the particulars without any reference to the big picture. (See: “As oil pipeline inches closer, opponents turn up pressure”)

The reason so many people are willing to speak out and engage in civil disobedience about this pipeline is that it is a huge step toward climate disaster, expending incredible amounts of energy and pollution just to produce the tar sands that in turn will produce more of the gases that drive climate change. The pipeline has famously been referred to as “game over” for the climate, because of the massive boost it would give to greenhouse gas emissions.

To read your article, you would think this is only a spat between advocates of energy production and “environmentalists.” The article does not bother to educate readers about why this has been such a controversy. Perhaps the Star-Telegram is running scared of annoying its right-wing readership by even discussing the issue?

— Michael Smith, Arlington

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