Re "A resolution for Obama: Reject Keystone pipeline" (Editorials, Jan. 1): Detailing the environmental risks posed by tar sands oil extraction ignores that extraction takes place in Canada.
The pipeline risk to water tables and aquifers is trumped by the fact that there are thousands of mile of existing pipelines that have never leaked. The capper is that importing tar sands would contribute to melting glaciers, droughts, and hurricanes, and, thus, we should reject the pipeline because of its contribution to global warming.
The fact is that if we don't buy the Canadian tar sands, China will and China has shown that it doesn't put environmental concerns over self-interest. I don't know how many Solyndras we need to show that green energy is an expensive dream.
The attack on fracking and coal is a big wet kiss to Saudi Arabia. Energy independence from these gross human rights violators should be our main goal.
-- Tony Rohl, Grass Valley