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Reader's View: Protesters relied on Line 3 to object to Line 3

The bottom line is that these folks used jet fuel from Line 3 to travel thousands of miles to tell folks that Line 3 is bad, even though Line 3 is here to stay.

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Recently, the UN Climate Change Conference was held in Glasgow, Scotland. And, despite Line 3 being completed and fully operational, some pipeline protesters traveled from Minnesota to Glasgow to protest — a completed pipeline.

Let’s take a look at facts here.

There are numerous flights from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to Glasgow, and the airport gets nearly all of its jet fuel from Enbridge’s mainline system, which includes Line 3. That means the pipeline the protesters protested in Glasgow was responsible for getting them across the pond.

An internet search shows that the quickest flights between the Twin Cities and Glasgow are about 12 hours and the longest about 20 hours. The average 10-hour flight uses approximately 36,000 gallons of jet fuel. So, for these pipeline opponents to travel to Glasgow — again, to protest a fully finished pipeline — they were part of using somewhere between 43,200 and 72,000 gallons of jet fuel. The bottom line is that these folks used jet fuel from Line 3 to travel thousands of miles to tell folks that Line 3 is bad, even though Line 3 is here to stay.

You just can’t make this up.


If the summit and the actions of these Line 3 pipeline protesters proved anything, it is that we need and rely on oil from pipelines each and every day — even when attempting to combat climate change.

David L. McCollum

Bemidji, Minnesota

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