E-mail letters, May 14, 2010

Clean, safe energy
begins with mining

Another misinformed letter to the editor proclaiming “green energy” as an “energy efficient solution that can curb global warming, create safe, green jobs, and provide power without contaminating our land, water and air.” (Wayne Flick, May 14).

The truth of the matter is that more workers were killed in 2009 constructing windmills than in the entire coal industry. The facts are that it requires 1,200 tons of concrete, 335 tons of steel, 4.7 tons of copper, and 3 tons of aluminum to build and install one windmill (Vesta V90 – 3 MW Wind Turbine). All these products begin with mining. Without mining there is no “green windmill.” The same story is true with respect to solar power.

Not only is mining necessary for the birth of the so called “green energy economy,” but mining is important to job creation. It is estimated that every job in the mining industry creates over four additional jobs. Mining and the associated products have made our way of life affordable and greatly improved our quality of life.

Climate legislation is not a cure to recent problems. Evaluating cause, means of prevention, establishing a proactive approach to minimizing hazards is the answer. If we had decided to eliminate planes because the Wright Brothers crashed we would be walking today.
Randy Litwiller

We need permit system
for environmental groups

After reading Bill Grant’s rant about OHV sticker money, I have an idea for Mr. Grant. Lets have a registration fee for individuals that belong to environmental groups. Then the OHV group can demand what that money is spend on!

How many bicycle trails have been built with out permission from BLM?  The mountain bikers should have a sticker also, so they pay their fair share.

Bill Grant is more than willing to take the OHV money and use it to promote his ideas. It’s time for his group to start contributing money for what they are demanding. Spend some of your money and leave mine alone.
John Justman

Honor flight participant
deeply moved by tribute

With deep appreciation to all the “organizers & supporters” of the
Honor Flight, I say, “Thank You.”

The letters received during the mail call were very special from community leaders, friends, relatives and school children.  The attention given to us by the care givers was
outstanding and the welcome home by the community at the airport was very emotional for me.

In answer to one question, “Military personnel do not wear their dress uniforms in combat situations.”
Lewis Long
Grand Junction


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