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OIL: Be neighborly and build the pipeline

I fail to understand the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. The oil produced from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, is going to be developed with or without our assistance as long as it is economically viable.

Without our assistance, the oil will likely travel by rail or pipeline to Canada’s west coast where it will be transported by tanker through the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest – far riskier than if transported by pipeline to the Gulf Coast.

If the Keystone pipeline is built, and all the oil passes through our country only to be transported by tanker

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PAY: We can’t ignore the global economy

According to the World Bank, more than half the people on Earth live on less than $10 a day. More astonishingly, nutritious, high-quality food costs about the same throughout the world as it does here. Eating well regularly is the daily struggle for most people. Billions of workers would be thrilled to make $10 an hour.

Obviously, the U.S. can’t open its borders and let in these incredibly low-wage workers. We make it very difficult to immigrate here for educated people with no financial assets. Understood.

However, U.S. and foreign-based businesses and corporations can and do hire these $10-a-day workers

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OIL: Show some spine and make pipeline decision

Re: “Stop disrespecting Canada over oil pipeline” (Charles Krauthammer column, 1-24).

I seldom agree with Krauthammer. but he did finally get one right. The Obama administration really must make a decision on Canada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

As Krauthammer writes, Canada is the Saudi Arabia of oil sands. The world is eager to buy the oil, and the pipeline would carry it to U.S. Gulf Coast facilities that have the capacity to handle it.

The U.S. has little need of the oil, thanks to the success of new drilling technologies that have accessed fields in North Dakota. The U.S.

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TRADE: US should eliminate harbor tax

Your editorial (TNT, 8-20) regarding the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) was way off the mark. The editorial board is certainly correct when it states that the HMT harms Washington’s (and America’s) economy. But the proposal being pushed by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell would make the problem worse, not better.

If the Murray-Cantwell proposal to extend the HMT to freight entering by land took effect, some shipping companies – most likely the ones with deeper pockets – would sullenly comply. But other companies – most likely smaller shipping companies without ample money and connections – would  instead think

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BORDER: Small fee could fund road projects

Re: “Lawmakers bristle at idea of border fee” (TNT, 5-28).

The main viewpoint of those cited in the article is that a border-crossing fee would be detrimental to the economies of Blaine and other small communities near the border. I would argue that that claim is false.

I believe that a minimum $2 fee to cross the border by land would do more good than harm. It is mentioned in the article that roughly 12,000 vehicles cross the border every day. This would bring in roughly $24,000 per day that could be used to maintain the infrastructure at the

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COAL: Let’s be realistic about trains and coal

Re: “Reject plan for coal export terminals” (Your Voice, 6-12).

The author’s naivete is startling. Let’s be realistic about neighbors, trains and coal.

• Coal is a legal product.

• Railways have an obligation under U.S. law to deliver freight.

• Wyoming and Montana mines have high-quality low sulfur coal to sell.

• China has a need for coal. It will buy it, either from U.S. and Canadian low-sulfur, high Btu quality coals or continue to burn the high-sulfur, low Btu quality coals it uses now, with its attendant environmental effects.

• Coal ports in Canada are planning to

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OIL: Proposed pipeline poses too much danger

Re: “Build pipeline and create jobs” (TNT, 1-4).

The reprinted Milwaukee Journal editorial neglected to mention that Paul Elliott, TransCanada’s chief lobbyist in D.C., was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s former campaign national deputy director.

And since when can a foreign country send threatening letters about eminent domain to American ranchers to scare them to sell their right-of-way easement rights?

Was it mentioned that the KXL oil will be sold on global markets? Did it relate that the Ogallala aquifier is the largest underground water reservoir on earth, supplying drinking water and irrigation to eight states?

Are we prepared

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OIL: Pipeline presents risks, but no benefits

On a cursory perusal, the Viewpoint (TNT, 10-5) by Canadian Consul General Denis Stevens seems to make a passable case for the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s what he doesn’t say that should concern us.

This proposed transnational pipeline, from Canada to Texas, will carry tar sands crude oil, a particularly corrosive crude. The company also proposes to use higher pressures in the pipeline than are presently allowed in the United States, creating a dangerous combination of highly pressurized toxic fluids being pumped all the way across the U.S.

Then there is the fact that there is nothing in this

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