In response to the Oct. 3 “Other View” editorial, “Line 3 is in the ground and pumping oil, as it’s intended to do. That’s good,” I want to address the growth mindset.

As explained, Line 3 has benefits, including jobs, efficiency in moving oil, and replacing old pipeline technology with new. To contrast, disadvantages include potentially negative impacts on sensitive grounds and on the environment.

I appreciate both sides being recognized, but I would like to point out the question raised by the editorial: What’s one more pipeline amongst thousands?

Although pipelines are currently the safest way to transfer oil, they still create many dangerous conflicts. According to an article by environmental journalist Andrew Krosofsky for Green Matters, pipelines “threaten the cleanliness of water supplies … the air, and the soil.” These risks are higher for those living closest to the line.

I want to point out, we are dependent on fossil fuels and therefore do not have a choice but to put ourselves and the environment in danger. However, without a growth mindset to see just one more pipeline as harmless, we will never get our world to where it needs to be.

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This pipeline runs just a few miles from my home. I’ve seen a lot of torn land, ruined yards, and destruction of beauty.

In some ways these pipelines are good, and we support them every time we fuel our cars. However, the mindset of allowing just one more is like arguing that just one more fire won’t hurt the forest.

As humans, we are meant to adapt and grow. Without growth mindsets, our problems would be worse. Just one more pipeline eventually adds up to thousands. Instead of adapting to old habits, let’s create new ones. It will be better for our environment and communities. And that’s good.

Rosie Richardson


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