By Rick Bond, The Advocate, January 20, 2017
A recent letter in this publication ("Fossil fuels worsen global warming," Jan. 17) criticizes the Bayou Bridge Pipeline based on the number of permanent jobs it will create.
Jeff Cobb's opposition to this important infrastructure project, on economic grounds, ignores the innumerable economic benefits to Louisiana and the entire country that result from energy infrastructure projects like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not only does Cobb overlook the fact that the project will create a significant number of construction jobs for Louisiana tradesmen and women, but he views the pipeline in a vacuum, ignoring the significant environmental and economic benefits that will result from the completed project. The economic benefits of the project extend far beyond the immediate employment opportunities it will create. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline represents an approximately $750 million investment in Louisiana's energy and manufacturing industries. It will provide a cost-efficient, safe source of raw materials to Louisiana industries that support tens of thousands of Louisiana jobs. It will also directly result in millions of dollars in tax revenue going to our local and state economies. These funds will benefit Louisiana's roads, schools, and environmental and public health initiatives for years to come. Cobb ignores the whole picture again in concluding that the climate will be "made even worse by the greenhouse gases created by the Bayou Bridge Pipeline." Underground pipelines are far safer than any other means of transporting energy resources - and have a much smaller carbon footprint than the trucks, trains, or ships used to carry crude oil to refineries throughout the Gulf Coast. Failing to build this and other similar pipeline projects will not reduce the national or global demand for fossil fuels. It will merely ensure they are transported in a manner that poses a higher risk to the environment and continues a logistic and economic burden on Louisiana refineries and industries. From both an economic and environmental perspective, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline makes sense for Louisiana.
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