Should the Standing Rock protesters arm themselves?

To the editor: The white ranchers and the Native Americans have more in common than it might appear at first glance. Both are capable of mitigating global warming.

Raising cattle in the west using well-managed grazing practices can result in the regeneration of fertile soil, which can grow plants that sequester carbon. Barring the oil pipeline can reduce the use of fossil fuels, resulting in less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

All peoples need to recognize that by working together they can ensure their common survival against the gravest threat of all โ€” climate change. It is the right of American citizens to remind the government that it must work for the good of all its people, not just entrenched corporate interests. If this means enriching the soil of federal lands by grass-fed cattle ranching or preserving the environment in the Dakotas from an oil-polluting pipeline, so be it.

Nancy Rossi, South Pasadena
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2, 2016

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