The vast majority of the Bemidji community is in support of the new Line 3 pipeline, yet very little coverage is ever devoted to those who support it. The letter in the Sept. 1 editions of the Pioneer from the Canadian tribal leaders was outstanding! This letter really highlights the truth about the positive local economic impacts experienced, and the efforts that Enbridge has made to listen to the public, work with tribal governments and do everything possible to make the new line safe and efficient. Enbridge has passed through every legal hurdle and common sense tells us we need a new pipeline. Without the pipeline, oil will need to be transported by train, which is far costlier, more dangerous, and ironically, is far worse for the environment. Not to mention the economic impact of high paying jobs the new pipeline will bring to the community.
It’s time for the Bemidji Pioneer to stop giving free publicity to the radical left wing pipeline protesters (such as the picture in the Aug. 21 paper of the people who chained themselves to the entrance at Enbridge), and focus their reporting on all the positives the new pipeline will bring. These protesters just want attention and sadly the Pioneer is giving it to them. We can all support continuing efforts to develop alternate forms of energy, but in the meantime, our entire economy is dependent on affordable energy to heat our homes, run our places of business, get us back and forth to work and enjoy our hobbies.
Shouldn't the people captured in that photo have been at work? Do they have any clue how our economy actually functions? Apparently many of the protesters came "from the Twin Cities and even from out of state and out of the country." Did these people get here by walking, biking, or driving their solar powered car or were they hypocrites and actually arrived in a vehicle burning the very gas they are protesting against?
Next time someone locks themselves to the Enbridge entrance, don’t plaster their picture on the front page, just simply hide the key and give them a copy of the letter from the Canadian tribal leaders to read.