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Pipes for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Nebraska. [AP Photo]
Pipes for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Nebraska. [AP Photo]

Lankford’s pipeline comments incomplete

I grew up in the oil pipeline industry. My dad worked operating pump stations for Shell Pipeline Corporation across Southern Kansas and Oklahoma. I am not an expert on pipelines but understand how they function. Sen. James Lankford’s comments about the XL Keystone pipeline are incomplete and misleading. First, there are two pipelines named Keystone. The original Keystone pipeline is operational and has been while going through Oklahoma since 2012. The other proposed pipeline and runs from Hardesty, Canada, across Montana, South Dakota into Steele City, Nebraska. The proposed XL Keystone pipeline does not enter Oklahoma.

The XL Keystone pipeline may add capacity going into the current Keystone pipeline operating across Oklahoma into Cushing, on its way to the Gul, but since the pump stations along the line are automated there would be very little, if any, financial benefits for Oklahoma. Canceling the XL Keystone project would have very little impact, if any, on Oklahoma, contrary to Lankford’s comments.

Richard C. Hall, Norman

More job-killing policies are on the way

President Joe Biden's first day in office was certainly bad news for Oklahoma. It was also bad news for Canada. Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline as he promised to do during the campaign. By doing this, Biden has killed around 11,000 jobs that the pipeline's construction was to have created. It is estimated that 60,000 indirect jobs also were eliminated. There are about 3 million miles of pipelines crossing the United States and these pipelines operate safely every day. Cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline is bad foreign policy because the more oil and gas the U.S. and its allies produce domestically, the less we have to depend on foreign sources for oil and gas.

The Biden administration also announced it had suspended oil and gas permits on federal land. This is sure to cost jobs in the oil industry. Both the cancellation of the Keystone XL and the suspension of oil and gas permits on federal land will hurt all of the oil and gas companies located in Oklahoma and will negatively affect everyone in Oklahoma. This is why every county in Oklahoma voted for Trump. We knew this was coming if Biden took office. We also know many more job-killing policies will be coming from Biden.

Lee Greiner, Oklahoma City

Waiting for message from our GOP senators

After the discovery that President Richard Nixon had authorized the burglary of Democratic headquarters, leaders of the Republican Party went to Nixon and asked him to resign. Nixon understood the gravity of the situation and complied with the request. Republicans made it clear that election tampering by its highest-ranking member was unacceptable. In 2019, after Donald Trump's “perfect” phone call, Republican leaders sent a very different message to President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial in the Senate: It is OK with us if you interfere in elections and we will support you if you do. Trump understood this message and decided to make false claims of election fraud during and after the 2020 election. This included a deliberate attempt to overturn the certified election results in some states he lost in 2020. Jan. 6, 2021 was the culmination of this effort.

Trump has been impeached again. More than 100 Republicans, including Oklahoma’s five representatives in the House, sent another message to Trump by voting against impeachment: It is OK with us if you interfere in elections and try to overthrow the government of the United States using violence and intimidation as a tool. Regardless of the public explanations they give for their votes, they should understand by now that Donald Trump will only hear what he wants to hear. In a few weeks, we will see what message our Republican senators send.

Norman Stewart, Oklahoma City

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