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From page A12 | March 16, 2014 |

Bakken Shale crude, as I understand, is some of the dirtiest oil to be found anywhere on Earth. Why, then, are we concerned about its being shipped through Davis at all, much less the dangers of our 10 mph curve?

Would it not be better to join an effort to halt the extraction of this filthy fossil fuel, and instead of “gagging at gnats and swallowing camels,” as the saying goes, put oil and gas subsidies (which are very generous) toward green solutions to our climate crisis, which is very real and happening now!

Judi Williams

Davis

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  • Alan MillerMarch 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    This is the sort of attitude that will help nothing, i.e. delusional idealism. Oil companies and railroads are best looked at like their own countries. Take a look at a satellite google of North Dakota and zoom in on the Bakken region. You do not stop that sort of economic tsunami with a wish. I am all for cutting down on world oil use, that is a multi-decade task. We have a safety issue involving oil trains through Davis NOW. The year-span solution is new pipelines, but those deluded believe those are evil too. Well, they may be, but they are not AS dangerous and in most cases can be routed around populated areas. Davis has a 10mph crossover (not curve) between the main lines that the City of Davis needs to ask Union Pacific to upgrade so that no more crews "space out" and run their trains through at full track speed (I have witnessed this twice). Not when the new oil trains start running, NOW, as we already have oil and hazardous chemicals, chlorine and liquid petroleum gas running through town. Let's fight the fight that we have some slim chance of winning. Not having oil trains running through town because we all but terminate the use of oil? Good luck with that.

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  • Noreen MazelisMarch 16, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Judi, those "green solutions" won't keep you warm in winter. And, BTW, the government subsidies to such "solutions" are VERY generous, too, but do not seem to guarantee success. (Vide SOLYNDRA.)

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  • DougMarch 17, 2014 - 7:57 am

    Oh my gosh! The climate crisis! The climate crisis! We're all going to die unless we all stop living! But seriously, get a grip Judi, and try putting things in proper perspective.

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