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The Keystone XL pipeline won't end up helping ordinary folks much

The road to energy independence is between my legs. It's called a bicycle.

I commuted to work for four years by bicycle, and I've been running for 15 years. I do this year round to leave no doubt in the minds of Charles Street commuters that it can be done in any weather.

I did it to improve my health but also to save money in a single-car family with four children. There is no reason we cannot live within walking or biking distance from work.

Columnist Robert Ehrlich does not explain how the hundreds of thousands of new jobs created last month exceeded expectations, even as gas prices went up ("Road to energy independence goes through ANWR and Keystone," March 11).

Pipelines make great targets and will probably just line the pockets of the Koch brothers. But they won't help a lot of regular folks.

Regular folks should be voting for Obama in 2012 as his reward for re-regulating the banks and getting us back to work. If a GOP idea fails in the ANWR and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Theodore Carl Houk

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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