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Pipeline would only add to world climate disasters

I am writing in response to the positive comments made recently in a letter about the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would carry 900,000 barrels per day of the world’s dirtiest oil across our country. It is not in our national interest to be threatening our land, air and water when there are cleaner, safer and more sustainable ways to provide energy to our nation.

Alternative energy infrastructure would not only create more jobs (look to Ontario and Germany), but would avoid costly and devastating disasters that are coming all too close together these days. Just last March, in Mayflower, Ark., 210,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the community, including schools and senior centers. The spill contaminated water, affected air quality and negatively affected the health of people just like you and me.

Surely if we all really knew what was going on, we would realize that greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands extraction, pipeline safety and the lack of real sustainability makes this project a very shaky house of cards.

Sara Schultz

Williamsville