Climate stabilization

To the Editor:

On Feb. 17, five or more residents of McHenry County were able to be part of the 35,000-plus participants in Washington, D.C., for the Forward on Climate rally. I fervently hope the president will deny the permits for the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast. The jobs created by this project are likely to be minimal and the oil itself much more energy-intensive to produce than conventional crude.

Beyond the Keystone, much work remains to be done for climate stabilization. I urge our senators to become co-sponsors of the climate bill recently introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders. Its provisions provide a good way to move forward.

I’m hopeful that future generations will live on a planet as hospitable as I have. Science tells us no less is at stake.

Lois Johnson

Wonder Lake

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