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Yes, rail transport is dangerous. But there are risks and dangers associated with pipelines, too, just that (aside from explosions) they tend to be more insidious and spread out over more area - like leakage, inviting invasive species, the ever-continual loss of trees and the associated surface and groundwater pollution from runoff/sediment, further destruction of habitat. These things aren't as glamorous in terms of danger but they are there, and add it up over millions of miles of pipeline, and it compounds and accumulates. When do we say enough is enough? My main problem with the pipeline is that is a massive forced investment of the public, with no guaranteed return on investment (can they guarantee our gas rates will lower? fat chance) for a fuel that is and should be on its way out - gas wells are drying up already, some have a life of only 30 more years. Not a good long-term investment when other countries are investing so heavily in renewables; we will not be competitive if we don't start to subsidize renewables in the way we're so willing to for fossil fuels. ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

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Pipeline explosions usually occur when somebody is doing excavating where they clearly shouldn't. Train and truck transportation are by far, the most dangerous route to transport petroleum. By far. But people don't want to be confused with facts. Their minds are made up (by somebody else...). ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Please tell me the difference; Every week hundreds of railroad tanker cars pass through Deerfield going north or south carrying liquified petroleum. Yet you live with the danger of a derailment and explosion. I would argue a pipeline would be safer than railroad tanker cars. See derailment Feb 15, 2015 Ontario, CA or Feb 16 in West Virginia and of course we all remember the horrific petroleum derailment in Canada in 2013. ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Man can do nothing to change "global warming" or "climate change". All the weather changes that have happened on earth since its creation have happened without any assistance of man. If man does everything that the science people say must be done, the temp will be change one tenth of one degree over the next 40 years. Now that seems well, like a waste. Maybe it would be better to wait until a better solution is figured out. I have yet to see anyone who has made the dire predictions explain why they have to keep changing them. Does that mean they were wrong before or the models were wrong or they really are just guessing what the data means? ...(full comment)

Letter: Let us be the judge

The alleged "crisis" has been ginned up by gas investments to get pipelines to the Canadian Maritimes to planned LNG terminals for export. Pieridae has an application before the DOE that cites astonishing profit figures for "pipeline and fossil fuel companies". This is an ENRON style campaign and the rate increases are directly related to this and price gouging. The public interest will certainly NOT be served by exports. Contrary to the "Pantsuit" lady, the U.S. still imports 1/3 of its fossil energy needs (last I looked, Canada and Mexico are still separate companies: note she says "America", not U.S. while flashing the U.S. flag). There are now petitions before the DOE to export over half of what the U.S. consumes and produces for itself. And more and more we are learning about the destructive and very unsafe manner in which this fossil fuel is extracted, and what is in it. They have engaged in price gouging to drum up a case for export pipelines. ...(full comment)

Pick/My Turn: Electricity use and you

Brian Williams is a proven liar. Please tell us just who the Fox News 'scientist' is who turns out is in the pay of the oil industry so we can determine whether he/she is also a proven liar or is telling the truth. Hearsay and hatred of a news media which is not watched, just vilified because it is the thing to do among non thinking liberals (Gruber is right), is hardly worthy of consideration. Just the fact, please, Mr. Brown. ...(full comment)

Letter: Let us be the judge

If hundreds of Nobel Laureate scientists say global warming is a fact, in my mind, it's a fact. If a Fox News "scientist" who it turns out is in the pay of the oil industry, says it isn't, then, I'll go with the former group. ...(full comment)

Letter: Let us be the judge

Actually, raising taxes on the .001%, which includes the cabal of gas investment entities conspiring to force export pipelines (financed by us), so they can sell gas (also heavily financed by us) abroad for private quadrillions. Our legislators' salaries are a pittance compared to the windfall profits corporations and private wealth are amassing (offshore) by attacking government as "bad". It is "bad" when it seeks to put any breaks on the corporate looting of the U.S. If you look at the aggressive attacks on pension funds, social security, worker's rights, all over the U.S. and the complete gutting of funds for education, transportation, and eminent domain being enacted everywhere for corporate private profit, it becomes clear that government is NOT the problem: unbridled deregulation, corporate malfeasance, and greed at the top are. Climate change is real: the wealthy are grabbing all the lifeboats for themselves, and they are taking as much OUT of our economy as possible. ...(full comment)

Downing pushes for climate policy

Do you want to know why people don't believe information coming from the Government? I'm sure you don't. And that's part of the problem. Anything coming from this government costs the people money. As my Finance professor taught us in College, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure". Back in the 70's the mantra from the scientific community was Global Cooling. In the new century the scientific community comes up with Global Warming. Now it's Climate Change. Guess what? The climate does change. Get over it, move on, and keep your hands out of peoples pockets. ...(full comment)

Blagg: In defense of science

Instead of finding ways to tax the middle class, why doesn't the legislature focus on bloated state salaries and pensions. Find ways to reduce taxes so people can afford to live. Don't be naive, a tax on a business will be passed on to a consumer. ...(full comment)

Downing pushes for climate policy

Very interesting to think how the house was heated in the old days. Because the next few winters will be like this one. It is unfortunate about the rising costs to heat a home for many residents. It is especially hard on seniors who are living on a fixed income. You mention shrinking government aid, but fail to say the energy costs are going up because of the government. As the government forces more green energy use on power companies the cost will continue to rise. I myself have been very happy that propane is still $1.13 a gallon and that oak and manzanita burn long and hot. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Hot and cold on the mind

As a PhD scientist, I share your concerns about science communication. Debates that start with real issues become political games configured to make careers. I find that the cycle can be broken by introducing an "outside the box" view, causing the debaters to at least take a deep breath and count to ten. For example, the vaccination debate circles about our children. Both sides overlook the fact that an unvaccinated child becomes an unvaccinated, senior, adult. The disease that was a nuisance to the child can be fatal to the senior. We have evidence for the consequences when we consider our Native American population in the face of smallpox. ...(full comment)

Blagg: In defense of science