Interesting that the Post-Gazette acknowledges the significance of the effect on climate that the Keystone XL pipeline will make, but shrugs it off with a reference to “St. Augustine, who famously prayed for the Lord to make him chaste, but not yet” (“OK the Pipeline,” Feb. 7 editorial).
Interesting that the State Department gives a nod, claiming that the effect would be the same with or without the pipeline since the crude oil in the tar sands will be extracted regardless, emanating the significant release of carbon, which is the climate culprit. Also heard are the cries that “We need the oil for our cars,” “Developing countries need the oil; how can we deny them what we’ve had for so long?” “We need the jobs.”
All of these are avoiding the main point: We must reduce the greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere. Period. Saying “No” to the pipeline would be taking a firm stand and acknowledging this huge problem we are creating for the generations to come. Let’s put our money and effort into renewable energies; let’s create the jobs in fields that will help turn around this sinking ship, not just shrug it off. Let’s admit to the developing countries that we made a mistake and let’s help them turn to renewable energy for their needs.
This can be done. We need to focus on this very real threat and tackle the monster in every way possible.
DONNA BADGER KOPNITSKY