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Letter: Rep. Zeldin should oppose pipeline

State Senator Lee Zeldin, chairman of the Senate

State Senator Lee Zeldin, chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, speaks at his press conference about his legislation designed to protect consumers at the pump on April 24, 2012. Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

One of the first stated objectives of Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is to support the Keystone XL pipeline ["A House welcome," News, Jan. 6].

NASA climate scientist James Hansen has stated that using the filthy stuff from that pipeline will mean "game over" for the planet because we won't solve our addiction to oil.

Anybody who wants his or her children to prosper on the shores of Long Island should make it clear to Zeldin that his stance is counter to the best interests of his constituents.

We must put our interests ahead of the oil industry by pushing for approval of the Deep Wind project off Montauk that would bring hundreds of clean jobs to Long Island and render KXL unnecessary.

Don Matheson, East Hampton

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Long Island chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.