September 17, 2013

Maine Voices: Energy East pipeline proposal doesn't negate Maine tar sands threat

Portland-Montreal Pipe Line would benefit from working with TransCanada -- but nobody else would.

By Sarah Kasprzak Lachance

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Or is it the creation of massive stockpiles of petroleum coke, a dirty byproduct of tar sands development, which the oil industry is sneaking overseas to nations with weak environmental standards or dropping in impoverished neighborhoods, polluting their air?

Or is it the biggest historic opportunity of all: continuing to meet our energy needs through the burning of fossil fuels, as leading climate scientists have warned us not to do?

Going after this type of energy is putting us on a fast track toward a climate that will look unlike the one we enjoy today. We have already put too much carbon dioxide in the air, and the changing climate sends us an alarm daily with new rainfall records, new heat wave records, longer droughts and more intense storms.

This Mainer's response to TransCanada's announcement that it's moving forward with the Energy East pipeline is simple: I don't care whether TransCanada tries to transport the stuff north, south, east or west. I'm in the fight to stop the massive development of some of the dirtiest energy on Earth, no matter what direction. And, based on what we've been seeing lately, I'm pretty sure I'll have lots of company.

Sarah Kasprzak Lachance of Cape Porpoise has been working on climate change and renewable energy issues for more than a decade.


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