I wish to express support for the four "necessity valve turners" and to commend Gov. Tim Walz for continuing the appeal of the decision in favor of the highly polluting Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline.
I recently read several books from the Duluth Public Library on the worldwide crisis of climate change and extinction of species. The vast majority of climate scientists are highlighting the dangers of carbon dioxide pollution which results from fossil fuels. "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein has a special section on tar sands oil and how the extreme extractive methods used to mine the oil are extraordinarily destructive. Some of the books, such as "Plan B 4.0" by Lester Brown, also quoted studies that conclude that more jobs are created by investing in renewable-energy technologies such as wind and solar power than in carbon-polluting technologies like fossil fuels.
A recent opinion piece in the News Tribune criticized Gov. Walz for stating that the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project needs more than a building permit. Gov. Walz said it also needs a social permit. A friend's response was, "That sounds like democracy."
The writer is the husband of one of the four pipeline protesters calling themselves "necessity valve turners" arrested Feb. 4 as they attempted to shut down an Enbridge oil pipeline in north-central Minnesota.