Minnesota: The Star Tribune – Deny Keystone XL unless traded for a carbon tax

Jan 26, 2015 | In the News, State Press Clips

By the time the pipeline is completed, it should be obsolete.

My father was in the coal business. One of the happiest memories of my youth is climbing mountains of Pennsylvania anthracite he imported to Green Bay, Wis., on Great Lakes freighters. Trucks delivered the coal to the furnaces of homes and factories to fuel the life of my community and my family.

Still, no one hugs his natural-gas-fired furnace more than I do through a long Minnesota winter. And just as natural gas knocked my father out of the polluting coal business, green energy is rapidly replacing fossil fuels. That’s because zero carbon emissions is what the times require, for carbon emissions are dangerously altering the global climate and the chemistry and temperature of oceans and lakes, endangering almost every living thing.

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