It makes no sense to invest billions of dollars in a dead-end technology like the Keystone XL pipeline, which will be obsolete and of ever-declining value over the next dozen years as we burn up yet more of our dwindling fossil fuel reserves ("Keystone comes up dry," Nov. 19).

Instead, we should be investing in long-distance electric transmission lines to move our unlimited, renewable, 100 percent American electricity resources from where they are plentiful to where they are needed. That will be the real keystone to a sustainable future.

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Measuring the wealth of our limited oil and gas resources by how much we grow our production is like measuring wealth by how fast we can spend our savings. The fastest way to energy bankruptcy is riding this wave of oil company greed by speeding up production and consumption of ever dwindling, dirtier fossil fuels.

The fastest way to a clean, renewable energy future is to invest now in the electric grid, transmission lines, solar and wind power. Electrons from the sunny southwest or the winds of the great plains can be moved at the speed of light anywhere in the country if we just invest in buried transmission lines instead of buried oil pipelines.

In the end, just as many jobs would be created. But our future would be cleaner and brighter as a result.

Bob Bruninga, Glen Burnie

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