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In praise of petroleum

Amber Nemecek June 12th, 2013

“Future generations call us to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline” according to Nathaniel Batchelder’s “No time for pipeline” commentary (May 22, Oklahoma Gazette). If that’s the case, then future generations need to say goodbye to telephones, soft contact lenses, motor oil, antifreeze, deodorant, lipstick, hair color, eyeglasses, soap, perfumes, tires and many other common items that Americans use on a daily basis.

Why? you ask. Petroleum oil produces thousands more products than listed. One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline, and then the rest is used to make everyday items. I wasn’t raised with a computer or cell phone, but the future generation cannot seem to live without their electronic leash. I was raised with central heat and air, VCRs, DVD players and cable and very much appreciate these luxuries.

Opposing the pipeline means you’re also opposed to job creation. Remember Solyndra — the green energy company supported by President Obama that went bankrupt? Oh, yeah, and the taxpayers paid for that company that failed.

But what about global warming? I don’t know, but I don’t remember the dinosaurs using too much hair spray or the smog from their commute to work causing the ozone to create the ice age. I enjoy having candles, toothbrushes, paintbrushes for my art, shampoo and makeup because — let’s face it — solar and wind energy aren’t going to help me look sexy for a date with my boyfriend.

—Amber Nemecek
Oklahoma City

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