It's unfortunate that Nebraska's governor, politicians and so many citizens in general are ignorant to the realities of not only the Keystone XL pipeline itself, but also the massive environmental damage being done that will be further enhanced by its construction.

The XL pipeline is all about short-term greed and lack of foresight. The TransCanada commercials flooding the airwaves about how safe and economically desirable the pipeline is should be red flags in and of themselves, but when you tell people what they want to hear all caution goes to the wind. Spills are inevitable no matter how safe the pipeline, and even small spills will have devastating and lasting effects on the environment. Canadian tar sands mining operations are literally destroying the ecosystem, which has already proved detrimental to wildlife and people. It can never be restored.

So what it comes down to is that it’s all about us and what we want, and we want it now. Collateral damage? Until it directly affects us or is happening in our backyard, people don't care. And the XL pipeline is already a done deal.

Gene Sengstake, Lincoln

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