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Thomas L. Friedman



I HOPE the president turns down the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (Who wants the U.S. to facilitate the dirtiest extraction of the dirtiest crude from tar sands in Canada’s far north?) But I don’t think he will. So I hope that Bill McKibben and his 350.org coalition go crazy. I’m talking chain-themselves-to-the-White-House-fence-stop-traffic-at-the-Capitol kind of crazy, because I think if we all make enough noise about this, we might be able to trade a lousy Keystone pipeline for some really good systemic responses to climate change. We don’t get such an opportunity often — namely, a second-term Democratic president who is under heavy pressure to approve a pipeline to create some jobs but who also has a green base that he can’t ignore. So cue up the protests, and pay no attention to people counseling rational and mature behavior. We need the president to be able to say to the G.O.P. oil lobby, “I’m going to approve this, but it will kill me with my base. Sasha and Malia won’t even be talking to me, so I’ve got to get something really big in return.”


Face it: The last four years have been a net setback for the green movement. While President Obama deserves real praise for passing a historic increase in vehicle mileage efficiency and limits on the emissions of new coal-fired power plants, the president also chose to remove the term “climate change” from his public discourse and kept his talented team of environmentalists in a witness-protection program, banning them from the climate debate. This silence coincided with record numbers of extreme weather events — droughts and floods — and with a huge structural change in the energy marketplace.


What was that change? Put simply, all of us who had hoped that scientific research and new technologies would find cheaper ways to provide carbon-free energy at scale — wind, solar, bio, nuclear — to supplant fossil fuels failed to anticipate that new technologies (particularly hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling at much greater distances) would produce new, vastly cheaper ways to tap natural gas trapped in shale as well as crude oil previously thought unreachable, making cleaner energy alternatives much less competitive.






Curse You Adam Smith!

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Jeanette Pontacq

Point Reyes Station, CA


The XL Pipeline is horrible. It shows that Obama was not telling the truth in what he said previously. If he really cared about the well-being of Americans, just plain Americans, not the 1%, he would never have taken such a chance with the huge aquifer under our midwest. Who cares if the investors of the dirty shale project make money or not? Not me. I want an environment that I can trust to be there for me.


With Obama’s willingness to throw all that to the wind, I obviously do not have a government that I can trust to be there for me in the future. The government seems to only want to please investors, and does not seem to care about the environment.


Let’s hear it for fracking, folks! It takes huge amounts of water and seriously pollutes everything around it. Where is the government on that one? Right there next to the XL Pipeline

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