Re "The future of
The Times writes: "If developed nations had started earlier … oil pipelines and Arctic drilling rigs would hold little attraction."
Given no credit,
Now, about that pipeline.
Severe water shortages are inevitable in the next decade, as reservoirs and aquifers are quickly depleted. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico would cross the Ogallala Aquifer and more than 1,500 waterways; even small spills can taint an entire aquifer or waterway.
Keystone XL carries oil intended primarily for export. Anyone who says the pipeline makes us more energy independent is blinded by a laissez-faire attitude.
Joanne M. Mell
Canada is extracting tar-sand oil that will be exported to other countries. The question is, will the oil be sent to America's Gulf Coast refineries?
Despite all of the concerns about environmental impact, oil products are everywhere, from the gasoline in our cars to our plastic bottles. Oil is still used to heat many homes.
The world is not ready to abandon oil and its byproducts. That year may be coming, but not within the decade.
Despite the fact that the
As your editorial states, if developed nations had reduced reliance on emitters of greenhouse gases and developed low-pollution energy, "oil pipelines and Arctic drilling rigs would hold little attraction." I agree, but how to facilitate this transition to clean energy?
A carbon fee and dividend policy would provide the solution. The time for hand-wringing is over; we must demand solutions to carbon emissions from our legislators.