U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers doesn't seem to get it. In a recent note I wrote her registering concerns about TransCanada's Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, she replied, "I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which approves the construction, operation and maintenance of the Keystone XL Pipeline. H.R. 3 passed the House by a vote of 241-175 on May 22, 2013, with my support. Be assured that I will continue to seek ways to lower energy costs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs here at home.
"Proud?" This is among the dirtiest, most corrosive fossil fuels ever. It will do nothing to lower energy costs; it's scheduled for transshipment to China. It cannot lessen dependence on "foreign oil;" it is foreign oil. Yes, it will create jobs, about 4,000 six-month construction jobs and 35 permanent ones (none in Washington). All so effluvia from China can drift back over the Pacific to us. It exacerbates already dangerous global warming conditions.
Meanwhile, it risks some of the most productive agricultural land in the world and endangers the water supplies that sustain it.
McMorris Rodgers ought to pay attention to her constituency once in awhile.
PAUL FRANZMANN. Walla Walla