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May 5, 2009
Sen. Begich and the Alaska Pipeline Project
I commend U.S. News & World Report for an insightful April print issue on the "New Green Economy," which I hope will motivate more Americans to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. But I must correct your claim of environmental opposition to an Alaska natural gas pipeline and statement that it "could damage Arctic permafrost" ["Can Natural Gas Break Our Oil Habit?" April 2009]. That's simply not true. President Obama has designated the Alaska gas pipeline project as one of America's top five green energy projects, which would meet about 7 percent of U.S. natural gas needs for the next 25 years with this clean-burning fuel. The $30 billion project will employ tens of thousands of Americans in high-paying jobs, help resuscitate our domestic steel industry, and reduce America's dependence on uncertain imported gas and oil. Alaskans have developed cutting-edge, environmentally friendly technologies to deliver oil and gas to America for half a century. For example, using "directional drilling" from a single drill pad, we are tapping underground oil up to 8 miles away. The 420 miles of the above-ground portions of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline rest on refrigerated supports to protect the permafrost. The vast majority of the natural gas pipeline will be buried and the gas chilled to 32 degrees or colder to avoid disruption to the permafrost. Alaska's gas-line project is supported by environmentalists, consumer advocates, and our green energy president.
Mark Begich U. S. Senator, Alaska
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May 4, 2009
Unfortunately, this is what happens when a politician is honest ["James Baker Backs Reinstating the Draft," usnews.com]. He's not trying to reinstate the draft. He's trying to stop us from rushing into wars. He thinks reinstating a draft would make people think twice about going to war and he's probably right. Although I don't agree with reinstating the draft I definitely see his point.
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Now suddenly honesty is a gaffe ["Swine Flu and Joe Biden's Gaffes: Might the Vice President Have a Point?" usnews.com]? It seems obvious that besides washing your hands, the next best way to stay healthy is avoiding enclosed spaces such as subways, airplanes, buses, malls, etc. (when we had a newborn during flu season our pediatrician recommended that). But discouraging these things would have dire consequences for the travel industry and our ailing economy as a whole. Thank you Joe for not telling your family one thing and the American people another. We complain that politicians are distrustful yet when one is candid about the advice he gave his family look what happens. Use your head, do you really want to sit next to someone who is coughing and sneezing and incubating the virus on an airplane? The government seems to be worried about people in close spaces since over 300 U.S. schools have closed indefinitely to try to limit the spread of the virus.
Comment by T. Barnes of TX
I have been a nurse for 25 years and I would not get on any airplane right now, nor would I let one of my family members. Thank God he is speaking the truth—you go Joe. Anyone who puts their financial gain (airline industry) over public health is wrong!
Comment by Kelli Jenkins of FL