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Updated: November 25, 2013 12:41PM



Green energy better than pollution

Do corporate people from BP, Enbridge, Keystone XL et al not even care about their own children, their progeny? The Post-Tribune reports 700,000 tons, soon to be 2.2 million tons of petro coke — the people-choking, environmentally disastrous byproduct of shale oil — will be processed in Whiting BP’s annual Indiana production.

Five days’ production can be stored in Indiana. The rest is stored in Illinois to be shipped overseas, where this toxic-burning substance can — must — be mixed with coal and used as dirty energy. It cannot usefully be burned by itself.

The Keystone XL shale oil project would produce exponentially more of this petrocoke while its shale oil extraction in Alberta, Canada, wreaks devastation there.

A potential Enbridge pipeline break going through Griffith and environs threatens Lake Michigan and our entire area. An Enbridge break which occurred near Kalamazoo, Mich., in July 2010 is still not cleaned up completely.

Canadians disallowed an Enbridge pipeline carrying that shale oil sludge to the Pacific to be built in their country. Our politicians allowed it here.

Ninety percent of the world’s best scientists warn us. Climate change is real, already affecting us and soon can cause ocean inundation of our coastlines, affect our agriculture ad nauseum, eventually possibly threatening the very existence of homo sapiens. Disregarding even the poisons, CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels, shale oil being even worse than plain petroleum, is a major cause of climate change. Absorbed into the oceans it’s causing horrendous oceanic ecosystem damage. Ocean degradation has humongous implications for continental land masses.

When “green” alternatives are available, free for the taking, preserve our health, are eco-friendly to our planet and ourselves, provide better paying jobs, WHY flirt with disaster? Choosing poisons over “green“ alternatives? Insanity!

Gordon Wilder

Highland



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