Email letters, January 14, 2014
Rep. Scott must be unaware of Western Slope’s foul air
This letter is in reference to Rep. Ray Scott’s recent op-ed piece, “Western Slope residents must fight Air Quality Control Commission” because the rules are based on Denver’s air problems, not those of the Western Slope.
The implication is that we do not need regulations that will harm the local and gas economy; our air quality is fine. The representative must not be spending any time here in the local area and breathing the foul air we have to breathe. Running for higher office must fog one’s brain.
If Scott thinks we have good quality air here on the Western Slope, I would ask him whether he is spending too much time in Denver.
Credit state’s MJ lovers for raising driving risks
Thanks to the marijuana lovers in Colorado, we now can worry about how many people are unfit to drive because they have had too many “joints.”
Blaming oil and gas industry for county pollution is illogical
I’m missing something here. People are still blaming the oil and gas industry for polluting the air when there aren’t any drilling operations going on in Mesa County and maybe five rigs running in the surrounding area.
When methane is released from wells after they’re put into production, it comes to the wellhead and heads down the pipeline. So, all the people who keep blaming the oil and gas industry should also find other sources of pollution to blame.
When there aren’t any drilling operations running, I find it hard for the oil and gas industry to be at fault.
Climate change should not be viewed in a simplistic manner
A recent letter in the Sunday paper stated that global warming has caused Arctic sea ice to melt, which in turn has caused the adjacent continents to be colder and snowier then “usual.”
If this is true, then in the recent past, with Arctic sea ice very expansive in area, we would expect the northern continents to be warmer and less snowy than “usual.” Obviously, all the known data indicate just the opposite – 50, 100 or more years ago it was much colder and glaciers were more extensive on the land.
No one factor will account for climate change – it is a complex of highly variable atmospheric, geologic, human and astronomical inputs.
All of us (scientists and nonscientists) would be better served by leaving statistical theory and paying attention to the Princeton University remarks about complex systems’ reactions to input variations.
Governor should have given break to working people in Colorado
After reading in the Sentinel how Colorado is so rich that it can give $6,000 to every rich person who buys a Tesla automobile, it would appear that the Democrats hate the working people in this state.
For instance, all the teachers could use more money, as well as the gas people, truck drivers, small shopkeepers and many others.
The governor has a veto over bad bills like this; he should have vetoed it, but he hasn’t.