The idea should be buried — and not the pipeline!
Pollution from sources now used for energy by industries cannot be tolerated. On all sides we are hearing that study of science should be "more." Additional funds are needed for improved labs. To what end? Do you know what science is already telling us? A working group of climate scientists, hydrologists, physicists, chemists, glaciologists, et al, are warning that threats to food and water supplies, Superstorm Sandy, terminally destructive damages are not going to end by continuing on the road of "more of the same."
With reason, the state of Nebraska delays opening their territory to the danger of further pipeline breaks, leakage of oil damage, etc. They are not going to "rubber stamp" construction of the pipeline. Who has most to gain? Who has most to lose? In Arkansas, Little Rock crews attempted to clean up oil spewing over roadways, grass, and headed toward a lake — resulting from pipeline ruptures.
I have seen once beautiful white pelicans lying dead on a sandy Pacific coast, their feathers splotched with oil. Undoubtedly pipes of the offshore rigs were "safe?"
Let’s be smart enough to recognize the truth of "An Inconvenient Truth"! Current sources of pollution produced cannot — and are not — being tolerated. We have only to see the destruction and deaths being caused. God gave Montana lots of sun — lots of wind. Let’s be intelligent enough — scientific enough — to make good use of both!
Sister Catherine Nichol, SCL