Email letters, April 29, 2014
Take small, innovative steps to reduce carbon emissions
Thanks to the Sentinel for its editorial last week, “Hedging our Bets on Carbon Emissions.” The editorial acknowledged that we don’t have all the answers, but wisely recommended that we respond to the uncertainty about climate change to stave off potentially dire consequences.
We need to embrace responsible development and innovative energy policies. Our businesses, communities and political leaders must work toward common-sense policies that will reduce carbon pollution and benefit Colorado’s economy.
Throughout the state, we are exploring new forms of energy and means of extraction. Denver International Airport recently reported on innovations that greatly diminish the amount of fuel airplanes exhaust while waiting for take-off, as well as changovers to bottle-friendly water fountains resulting in substantially reduced sales of plastic water bottles.
I can imagine people scorning these “small” steps, but the reality is that as these steps are multiplied and magnified manyfold, they will result in change.
Let’s do as the Sentinel suggests and take many of these steps individually, as businesses, as local governments and through the State, to direct major inroads into carbon pollution. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations.
Montrose letter writer correct in questioning global warming
I’ve read the editorial, Hedging our Bets on Carbon Emissions,” several times. It was basically a rambling discussion searching for a reason to blindly accept the unproved claim that carbon dioxide is causing “global warming.” The climate scientists to whom you refer for authority cannot conduct a test in “Earth’s dynamic atmosphere” and never include the “sun-Earth system” in their discussion.
The letter in the Sentinel on April 27 from George E. Cort of Montrose more than adequately challenges the reliability of those he correctly labels “man-made global warming alarmists.” He points out this is not “settled science” and questions if a scientist or other expert could actually claim science is settled.
I question how they claim it is “science.” I label it “politics, power and profit.” We have been drawn into an argument and need to end it. I see no logic in trying to disprove what has never been proven.
The “dynamic interactive relationship between the sun and Earth” is “settled science.” We need to understand how this system works. I’m not a scientist or an expert. What credentials are required to understand how the system works?
The sun is the primary energy source for what happens on Earth. Earth orbits the sun, rotates on its axis and varies axis tilt constantly. Therefore, the effect of the sun’s radiation at any location on Earth is constantly changing. Nothing is ever stable.
Earth is in an area permitting surface water, and the atmosphere is mostly water vapor. Oceans and the atmosphere are variables in the system. Changes in exposure of these variables from the sun’s radiant energy produces both varying temperatures and pressures in the oceans and the atmosphere. The law of nature dictates the both temperature and pressure must try to stabilize. That is impossible and produces the climate and local weather on Earth.
President implored to end medical trials
Please, President Obama, end the medical trials on Caucasian women, the elderly and on youth in the Democratic states that elected you. We (Mitt Romney’s 47 percent victims) are suffering; our families are torn apart; there are suicides from too much pain. [ITAL] People are suffering! [ITAL] Please end the medical trials taking place in the USA.
Is there not anyone else that can [ITAL] see [ITAL] what is happening in our nation? For us to have a national health care, these trials had to take place but they should have ended in 2012. Because we reelected you, President Obama, these trials continued.
As one of the harmed patients in these trials, I am asking you to please stop the medical trials.
LESLYE ANN WICK
‘Re-elect No One’ bumper sticker actually gives sensible advice
At first I thought the “Re-elect No One” bumper sticker was nonsensical, because we have some good people in Congress. Then I decided I liked it.
“The War on Poverty” began 50 years ago. Yet today we have more people on food stamps and unemployment benefits than ever before. Think of that. Despite our government spending billions of dollars in hundreds of programs for 50 years, poverty has increased.
The Department of Energy was created in the 1970s partly to assure good supplies of affordable energy. In 1974, gas cost 53 cents per gallon. Today it costs approximately 700 percent more. Electricity is skyrocketing, too.
The U.S. Post Office runs deficits in the billions even though it has a virtual monopoly on delivering letters and junk mail. Our health care system, which needed tweaks, is now being destroyed courtesy of Washington, D.C.
Government owns approximately one-third of our country’s land and removes most of it from productive use. These lands incur prohibitive management cost losses; still government keeps them.
Our deficit is $17 ] trillion]. And still members of Congress keep spending. And still we keep voting them back in.
We now expect so little from our leaders that we don’t even throw them out when they lie to us, when they’re involved in sexual or financial scandals, or when programs don’t accomplish goals. Surely we can do better.
We will do better only if we make our leaders accountable by refusing to reinstall them. With apologies to the few good politicians, “Re-elect No One!”