March 26, 2021

A smoke screen to cover “elephant in the room”


Dear Editor:

I received the February 21 issue of The Weekly just two days ago. Hence my “tardy” comments relative to Marco Levytsky’s column about President Joe Biden’s executive orders. More specifically, I wish to address the issue of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In talking about this pipeline, Mr. Levytsky, like most commentators, focuses on the environmental arguments which were originally raised by former President Barack Obama. It is my contention that these arguments are smoke screen to cover “the elephant in the room.”

For many years now, including today, crude oil is being transported from the Canadian West to Texas, but that is done primarily by rail. In fact, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSFR) transports 80 percent or more of the Canadian crude to the American Midwest and Texas. Also, this railroad owns all the rail lines in the U.S. connecting to Western Canada. Therefore, if other short line railroads use these tracks, they pay a fee to BNSFR.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is the parent company of BNSFR. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, which is controlled by investor Warren Buffett.

It can be suspected that when Warren Buffett, who is one of the five richest men in America, and a significant contributor to the Democrat Party, calls the president of the U.S.A., the president accepts his call.

Dionisyj Demianczuk, Ph.D.
North Royalton, Ohio