What do Jane Fonda, Mark Ruffalo, Marissa Tomei, and the Indigo Girls have in common? They are out-of-touch celebrities who seem to think their Hollywood-elite status gives them the right to block a billion-dollar infrastructure project that is quite literally saving hundreds of small businesses and dozens of communities across our state and that also is protecting our environment.

It is quite ridiculous to think that Hollywood elites and the heads of radical environmental groups like the Sierra Club think they have the right, or expertise, to tell us what is best.

We are a nation of laws, systems, and courts. We have permits, lengthy review periods, and environmental studies. And we know what is best for our state, region, economy, and energy-infrastructure system. That is why, after more than six years, the Line 3 Replacement Project is nearly three-fourths complete.

It is incredibly shortsighted to take the stance of “stop oil” and “stop pipelines.” Clearly, it is time for these celebrities to look inward instead of outward. Consider the million-dollar homes they heat and cool and the numerous vehicles, private planes, and boats they fuel. I would be willing to bet that if you looked at the oil consumption of the Hollywood elite it would far surpass what average citizens consume. Yet, these hypocritical folks have the gall to tell us to shut down Line 3.

The proof is in the pudding: Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, and without this replacement project, Line 3 poses a great risk to our environment.

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While Jane Fonda may not be traveling on Minnesota roads daily, I for one am grateful we are able to transport oil via Line 3 instead of in tanker trucks on the highway next to my family.

Pat Medure

Grand Rapids

The writer is the former chair of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, or RAMS, which is located in Mountain Iron.

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