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LETTER: Fossil fuels remain America's go-to source

With due respect to my friend and colleague Richard Shafer, I totally disagree ("Heitkamp wears blinders on key issues," letter, Page F2, Jan. 18). I hope that all those who believe we should stop using fossil fuels have east windows that can let...

With due respect to my friend and colleague Richard Shafer, I totally disagree ("Heitkamp wears blinders on key issues," letter, Page F2, Jan. 18).

I hope that all those who believe we should stop using fossil fuels have east windows that can let the sun warm their homes -- and let's hope for no cloudy days. As for windmills, using them is a nice idea, but it's not fully applicable -- yet.

Another idea for fossil-fuel ideologues: Turn off your thermostats, and walk to work.

The carbon footprint of transporting Canadian oil by rail is much greater than it would be by pipeline. Furthermore, the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of construction and spin-off jobs -- and these will not be minimum wage jobs, either.

I am all for usage declines in fossil energy. I have suffered respiratory illnesses and have had surgeries to improve my health, so I am all about clean air. But I would have to legislate the elimination of grain dust, too; and that would go over real well here.

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So, until we have realistic alternatives, we are going to have to compromise and keep expanding our research to reach our goal.

David Kiefel

Grand Forks

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