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Stop digging environmental hole

To the editor:

Thomas Friedman commented in his column of August 27, 2008 in the New York Times, “The first rule of holes is that when you’re in one, stop digging.” We humans, by burning fossil fuels over the last 250-300 years, have dug ourselves into a big hole by depositing large amounts of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere resulting in the warming of planet Earth to dangerous levels.

Instead of building pipelines with a life expectancy of 30-50 year to transport oil and gas, we should invest the money borrowed from large banks like J.P. Morgan Chase to improve our utility grid to transport electricity from solar and wind sources of energy.

It’s time to invest in our clean energy future before things become much worse.

John and Mary Kluge

New Ulm

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