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Proposed pipeline threatens USA

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We are at war. I am a serviceman native to the Gold Country. Having recently reached my third year of service, I was reflecting on my oath of enlistment and the meaning of my commitment to this great country. Rereading the oath, I kept getting stuck on my duty to protect this land from “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I am not writing to draw your attention to terrorism or a nuclear Iran, but to urge you to join the fight against a domestic enemy. On Aug. 31, I participated in a civil disobedience sit-in at the White House to demand that my commander and chief deny TransCanada the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sand fields of Alberta to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. This pipeline will facilitate the wanton destruction of native lands in Canada and the United States. It will violate the rights of farmers and ranchers along its route and threatens their livelihoods. Finally, Keystone XL will guarantee we continue down the irrevocable path of climate change, bringing more drought, more erratic weather and more severe climactic events. There are three things this pipeline will not do. It will not create lasting employment. It will not lower gas prices. Finally, some believe having access to the oil of friendly nations will stop the flow of oil money to fundamentalist militants. But Keystone XL will not cap Middle Eastern wells, which will continue to have willing buyers elsewhere. The pipeline will not increase national security. On the contrary, it is inviting a much more pervasive enemy into our country. The Keystone pipeline threatens the Constitutional values I was sworn to protect. The liberty and rights to property of the affected individuals and native peoples will be trampled in the pipeline’s wake. The economic prosperity of millions hangs on its approval. And the quality of life — the ideological and judicially clarified foundation of our Revolution — of every American, is at stake. If you stand for private property rights, for access to clean water, and for social, economic and environmental justice, you stand against the Keystone pipeline. Rarely do battles win wars, but they can change the course of a campaign. USAF Staff Sgt. Steven R. Breedlove, Foresthill