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No to Big Oil

To the Editor:

As a consumer I have to be skeptical of Big Oil and what will happen once the Keystone Pipe Line is finished and oil is flowing to the gulf.

Big Oil is saying the oil from the pipeline will not be exported but used in the states. This is another misleading statement as they plan to export more of “our crude oil products” once the pipeline is complete. This will keep us paying higher prices for gas and diesel. The United States is producing more crude oil than any other country in the world and we are paying for it. Other oil producing nations such as Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and a host of others are discounting the price of gas for their people and U.S. oil producers are raising our prices. For example in Venezuela gas is 19 cents per gallon and in Iran they pay 42 cents. We subsidize our Big Oil to the tune of 4 billion tax dollars a year and cut workers off unemployment.

I would love to see the Keystone Pipeline completed after environmental concerns are addressed, but I would also like to see prices at the pump drop as they do for the OPEC Countries and others. Egypt, which receives $2.2 billion a year in foreign aid from the United States, gives its people discounted gas at $1.21 per gallon. One doesn’t have to be a Republican, Democrat, Conservative or Liberal to understand “We the people” are being taken advantage of by Big Oil and Washington! Keystone Pipeline yes with reservation, continue to subsidize Big Oil no!

Gary P. Guido

Ticonderoga

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