Email letters, April 6, 2012

Sentinel should publish more, short letters

It sure would be nice to go back to the old style “letters to the editor” section where one could see the views and opinions of six to eight different writers rather that the new policy of two to three books (that could have been said in one paragraph) from a very few. 
Grand Junction

Focus research money on new technologies

It’s great to see the BLM taking a cautious approach to leasing public lands for oil shale work. There are many, many questions still surrounding this technology and what the impacts of full commercial development might be.

But the most important question of all is one that “we the people” must ask ourselves and the agencies we charge to protect our biosphere. And that is whether the change to non-petroleum based energy is going to be any easier 25 or 50 or 100 years in the future when the last oil shale is processed and the last well runs dry. We know that these are finite resources, with significant environmental impacts. Shouldn’t research and development dollars be focused on new technologies that address that undeniable fact? The BLM is by definition the agency that should be making this point in their planning processes. It’s up to us to see that they do it.


Finding Garfield County commissioners is difficult

Based on the circumstances surrounding the firing of Ed Green and Judy Jordan, it is no wonder that the Garfield County BOCC is having difficulty coming up with a candidate for the county managers position. After all, not only does the candidate have to meet the job requirements, but must also must be approved of by the gas and oil drilling companies at whose altar the public servants on the BOCC worship.

I think that is what Martin was referring to when he stated that they were looking for a “knock-it -out -of-the- park” employee.

Battlement Mesa

New administration is needed to offer hope on gas prices

The Obama administration is being blamed for high gas prices. In the short term that’s nonsense. New sources of energy can’t be found, transported and refined overnight. However, if the president had supported — instead of opposed — the locating of resources by drilling, transporting by pipelines, and refining when he first became president, the future for energy supply would be greatly enhanced.

Three culprits can be blamed for the current high cost of fuel. The first is the green machine, the extremist environmental movement that wants to shut down our most abundant resource, coal, and has done everything it can to complicate and restrict the development of all other carbon based energy resources. 
Lawyers are collectively the second culprit. Legal procedures can stall the development of energy resources almost indefinitely.

The third culprit is, of course, Congress, which if manned by persons with strong intestinal fortitude, could correct many of the economic problems suffered by our country due to the lack of cheap energy.

Bringing in a new administration after the 2012 elections offers some hope. 


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