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October 1, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Keystone pipeline is a long-term loser

In response to Bob Jack’s July 26 letter, “Obama is a threat to energy industry,” it’s hard to know where to begin due to his lies, hypocrisy and innuendos about our president.

Jack refers to onerous regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans did everything they could to gut the EPA in order to protect their huge donors in the energy industry.

The Canadian government rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline project across Canada. The company, TransCanada, which would build the pipeline through the U.S. using Canadian workers, has a terrible safety record. Alberta, where the dirty tar sands oil would come from, has experienced oil leaks for more than 37 years.

The Keystone XL Pipeline oil would not belong to America; it belongs to the oil company and would be sold on the open market, the vast majority of it to other countries.

The Republican Party has to come up with more than just prepared rhetoric without facts to support its allegations.

Jack says jobs in the energy industry are more important than our environment. We don’t all work in the energy industry, but we all share the planet. The environmental base is far more important than the energy industry’s profits.

Jack’s Republican Party and the energy industry’s policies are clearly not designed to strengthen America’s interests, but quite the opposite.

Thanks, Mr. Jack, for providing me with my closing remarks to your slanted position.

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