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Reader's View: Stauber’s energy on energy could be better spent

How about working more on high-speed broadband for our entire district, to bring more jobs to remote Minnesota?

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Several points need to be noted in response to the quote from U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber published on the March 12 News Tribune Opinion page (“Overheard: ' Reverse course and choose American energy '”).

There are more than 9,000 approved and available permits to drill oil on federal and Native lands in the U.S., but close to half are going unused. The Bakken and Three Forks oil fields are partly idled; it seems the easy-money wells are done, and the rest don’t have easy large profits. The oil companies have apparently skimmed the cream off the top. Greed and profit have slowed down oil production.

ConocoPhillips just bought from Shell, for $9.5 billion, a huge asset in Texas and New Mexico, the Permian basin oil deposit. It is bought and ready for future years. So make it happen, ConocoPhillips.

The U.S. has plenty of production, but the greed for profits is strong. There are pipelines galore: 2.6 million miles of gas and oil pipeline in this country.

The Keystone XL pipeline would have transferred Alberta sludge oil to American refineries, where about two-thirds were to be shipped overseas. The Keystone was mired in controversy for more than 10 years until President Donald Trump decided to greenlight it. It’s a non-starter for those of us opposed to more unnecessary, filthy fossil-fuel production.

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Here are some ideas for Stauber’s focus: How about working more on high-speed broadband for our entire district, to bring more jobs to remote Minnesota? How about working more on affordable rural housing? How about working more for affordable child care in northern Minnesota? Those are things that many of the hard-working families of the 8th Congressional District need.

Inflation has affected the entire globe, not just the U.S.

Suzanne Davies

Lutsen


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