2017-02-03 / Letters

Letter writer offers more reason to reject pipeline

To the editor:

Forbes.com reported on Jan. 25 that, “In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. It’s a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute Donald Trump’s assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy.”

However, like a mortally wounded dinosaur of old, the message that the fossil fuel industry is dying has yet to reach its corporate brain. Instead, as The Bangor Daily News reported on Jan. 26, certain nefarious groups are hoping to bolster our “good neighbor” Portland Montreal Pipeline’s legal action against South Portland, by joining the battle against South Portland and its Clear Skies Ordinance.

This is obviously a result of the installation of President 45 (Herr Drumpf), who has made his agenda most apparent, to squeeze out every last penny from the existing coil and oil infrastructure, and move ahead with the construction of pipelines across our country, despite all of the scientific and ecological evidence challenging such rash action.

I find this behavior to be nothing short of evil. Yes, evil. To me, behaving in a fashion that is demonstrably bad for the greatest amount of people, and yet persisting in that way, is evil. To quote the bible, in which I hold no credence, the Judeo- Christian Lord said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Justin Holcomb, at The Resurgence, a Seattle-based ministry, explains the meaning of biblical “dominion”: “Dominion does not mean destruction, but responsibility.... It is true that a false view of dominion has played a role in the mistreatment of creation, but a correct understanding of the concept can lead to service, responsibility, and stewardship.”

Having dominion over the earth does not imply a casual disregard for nature and its inhabitants, nor is it a license to own, or to rule over, nature. To have dominion over anything/ anyone means being a “steward,” which is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

Stewardship is not what the Portland Montreal Pipeline espouses. Rather, it wants to contribute to the brutal raping of a once-pristine arboreal forest, and transport the resultant tar sands through a 75-plus year old pipeline, in order to load it onto tankers from our shores, for markets overseas; all the while, pumping noxious and poisonous toxins into South Portland’s air, jeopardizing our residents, old and young alike.

The reason why? Greed. One of the seven deadly sins.

The Portland Montreal Pipeline hasn’t done any real business for over a year, pays virtually nothing in taxes, employs fewer than 43 people (if that), would like to poison the air of the local inhabitants, and is suing we South Portlanders for wanting to control our own destiny.

You know what, why don’t we just boot them outta South Portland, once and for all, and good riddance.

William Duffy-Dufris South Portland

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