How exciting to hear about President Obama's climate change speech at Georgetown recently. It looks like he is making good on his State of the Union promise that if Congress didn't act on climate change, he would.

Just as exciting were his words on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the pipeline would only go forward "if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward."

Wow.

The tar sands oil from Alberta is some of the dirtiest oil on earth, and when considering the "net effects" of burning all that dirty tar sands oil, it certainly doesn't look good for proponents of this dirty, unnecessary pipeline.

Some Republicans are taking shots at our president's plan to protect future generations from climate change and calling his plan to clean up our air and stabilize our climate a "war on coal" or a "war on America."

Hogwash.

This is about making America a leader in clean energy, the energy of tomorrow. Burning coal was a great idea two centuries ago. Now we know it kills people and changes our climate. It's time for these politicians to step into the 21st century because countries like China and Germany are leading in clean energy technology.

It's time for Congress to end this war on my grandchildren and put a price on carbon emissions so we can get off of fossil fuels, stabilize our climate, and become truly energy independent. A pipeline from Canada doesn't make us energy independent.


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Imagine the advantage our economy would have if we harnessed free sources of energy like wind and solar. No more drilling miles out to sea or going to war for oil. No more spills polluting our waters or smog choking our children. No more blowing up Appalachia for coal or deliberately injecting toxic chemicals into the ground and giving us flammable well water.

Finally, this president is fighting for America.

Porter Hedge

Spring Garden Twp.