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Do more, use less

March 7, 2013
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

There is still time to reconsider and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would imperil our aquifers, and cut a huge swath across our country. Remember the pipeline spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan two years ago that polluted miles of river, and still isn't cleaned up?

This dirty oil takes more energy, land and water resources than it is worth. Burning it would cause CO2 levels to increase anywhere it is burned. It is becoming more and more economically and environmentally foolish to exploit this form of energy.

Let the Canadians ship it out through Canada, because it is going to go to the international market anyway.

We have sufficient shale gas reserve in the U.S. to meet part of our energy needs, provided that we can solve the excessive use of fresh water needed to produce it. If we are trading fresh water for gas,, it may not be such a bargain.

The best approach to the energy crisis is to use less. We could burn one-quarter to one-third less fossil fuel using better vehicle milage, building and manufacturing efficiency, recycling and reuse. Let people know how you feel about this.

Gail Griffith

Marquette

 
 

 

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