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letters | lynch in showdown over pipeline

Time is now for litmus tests on climate change

It is possible that Tom Steyer’s letter to US Representative and senatorial candidate Stephen Lynch is not an effective means to combat the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but in claiming that the tar sands pipeline should not be reduced to a litmus test, it is the Globe that ignores the stakes in what it terms “a serious issue deserving serious debate” (“Markey’s billionaire backer should back off,” Editorial, March 20).

We have had enough serious discussion of the threat of climate change and the threat represented by developing vast stores of unconventional oil. The problem is not lack of serious discussion, but a failure by the media and by our political leaders to take this threat seriously.

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