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U.S. should follow Canada's lead on energy

While we continue to spin wheels down here, our Canadian neighbors are taking a proactive, common sense path to solve their own similar problems, and they are achieving major success. Unemployment is down, and prosperity is up. That could be us!

While we continue to cave to the radical left environmentalists here, everyday people are becoming the endangered species that we hear them talking about. The Canadian model is to pursue drilling for all types of energy related products. We can't even agree to have a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf. This, despite numerous environmental impact statements which have proven the project to be safe.

While solar and electric power are the energies of the future, you only have to look at failed attempts such as the federal investment in failed Solyndra or the premature hyping of the Chevy Volt. What have these episodes taught us? We're not there, we're not ready yet. Those of us with common sense who support the pipeline are portrayed as people who don't care about the environment. Actually, we do, starting with the people who are increasingly homeless, live in cars, and don't know where their next meal is are coming from. How about designating a new group of endangered species, the disadvantaged human beings?

It's time to loosen or eliminate government regulations that put human beings at risk. We need to secure our energy future, which is to pursue existing avenues of energy along with a binding commitment to solar and other new forms which will have truly been tested, tried, and ready to take over the demand.

Richard LaCourse, Forest Hill

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