Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Pipeline affects us all

A group of Yolo County residents met with others in Sacramento on Monday evening to protest the potential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. When their efforts in Sacramento ended, the Yolo attendees came to Davis to combine with more Yolo residents to extend the protest here in the vicinity of Central Park. This protest was happening in many communities across America.

Why would they bother with something that starts in Canada and doesn’t come near California?

These are dedicated, involved citizens who care about climate change, which will affect all of America. They care enough to try and alert others to the effects, however reduced, however slow, that come with the movement of this tar sand oil. To paraphrase remarks by Duncan Miesel of 350.org — the bottom line is, it is our future on the line, our air, our land, wherever in the states it is degraded — it is an issue affecting all of us.

Wake up, friends. What happens to people and crops and land and air in the middle of our country is our responsibility, too. And we can keep this from happening with enough protest, enough objections that our voice cannot be ignored.

Write President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. John Garamendi. Let them know that we in California care what happens in our country, not just our little corner of it.

The jobs that are associated with the pipeline are mostly temporary ones; the energy it represents is set for export; it delays development of renewable energy and the jobs and benefits that would sustain our country. Write a letter, make a phone call, become involved. This piece of the future is in your hands.

Barbara R. Burr
Davis

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  • MLFebruary 07, 2014 - 10:40 am

    The temperatures have been stable for 12 years. Polar bears abound. A global warming ship was trapped in the ice. The oil will be used either way, this is the safest way to transport it.

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  • February 07, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Pipeline is good for us all - Thanks to these so called "environmental" groups and their vicious attacks on fossil fuel and nuclear, the Keystone Pipeline will probably be built. What other choice is there for a country with over 300 million energy hungry people? Where are the giant strides in green renewable energy? Many "green" startup companies have come and gone with our tax money, and making ethanol from corn actually consumes more fossil fuels and lowers our mpg forcing us to consume more fuel! Oh, and corn loves a lot of water, even during a drought. When the sun is not shinning and the wind not blowing, solar and wind produce 0 kW of energy. I like clean air myself but am not clueless on the realities of energy needs and production. I hope the environmentalists and government will take a closer look at the advancements in efficiency with fossil fuel/nuclear power and not just “green energy.”

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  • ZabaFebruary 11, 2014 - 12:04 am

    America moving towards energy independence is a positive trend on many levels. Even tho we do not depend on Arab oil as much as we used to, please keep in mind that 95% of the World's Conflicts are fomented by muzlims (read: Oil Money). Think about that for a bit.

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