Email letters, Nov. 27, 2012

Chamber encourages long-term, responsible energy development

As the voice of business for the Western Slope, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Daily Sentinel for its timely editorial, A Market-Driven Energy Revolution.

The Western Slope has a vested interest in seeing that the energy industry continues to be developed, as energy production is an economic driver for our area. We are proud of our energy producers who have used best practices, market driven exploration and research and development to create new methods of extraction such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

We laud The Daily Sentinel for including the fact that the “energy boom isn’t guaranteed. Too much government interference and regulation could kill it or significantly slow it.” Especially since the U.S. government has continued to express energy independence as a critical national goal. The GJACC continues to encourage long-term, responsible energy development without the over-regulation of government.

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

As media arm of GOP, Fox News lacks credibility

A couple of years ago a highly regarded nonpartisan polling company came out with interesting results to a national survey. They determined that without any doubt those who get all of their current events information from Fox News are the most misinformed and under-informed people in the country. Even more so than those who listen to no news at all!

Laurel Gallegos’ recent letter on this page certainly does nothing to change that finding. Alan Colmes a liberal? Juan Williams a liberal? Geraldo a liberal?  As the saying goes, give me a break.

It is no less than a great tragedy that nice folks such as Gallegos not only actually believe in the stream of vindictive lies spouted by Fox’s admitted conservatives and pretend liberals, but also believe it to the exclusion of all other options. 

What will it take to prove to the brainwashed viewers that Fox is the recognized media arm of the Republican Party and therefore has zero credibility?  We can only pray for a miracle.



Passage of Amendment 64 could bring economic boons

Well, it’s been three weeks now since the passage of Amendment 64. I, as yet, haven’t heard of anyone sticking their hand into a flame thinking it was a flower or jumping off a building because they thought they could fly.

For those of us who actually read Amendment 64 and know there is a lot more to it than the justification of hippies, we find there is a very important economic gate that can be opened to us if we can just get beyond being afraid of what we don’t understand.

Hemp is a very hardy, fibrous plant that can be grown easily that produces a high-yield crop with an amazing profit margin.

The once thriving particle board/plywood plant in Delta County could be geared up again to make hemp plywood, giving a huge economic boost to workers in the factory and to local farmers who grow the hemp crop.

Anything done with wood products can be done with hemp, except make a 2 x 4. Even the hemp seed produces oils that are good for skin and as a digestive aid.

It’s high time (no pun intended) that we all stop whining about too much government, get smart together and start making money from an agricultural source that is well within our reach.


Editorial neglected to mention sun an important energy resource

I’m surprised at the hypocrisy in Sunday’s editorial. You urge legislators to take maximum advantage of our region’s “pre-eminent natural resource,” while suggesting law changes to accommodate businesses that deal with electrical costs of CNG. Guess you won’t admit we have an issue of global changes even after the previous administration was shown to actively intimidate scientists and hide facts showing the truth.

Core samples of ice in Antarctica have shown increasing air pollution and carbon dioxide levels since the beginning of the industrial age, 150 years ago. Higher than the last 800,000 years. Tough to argue with facts.

Don’t know why you chose not to mention our widest available and nonpolluting natural resource—the sun. I would like to believe the American people are wise enough to see that our future may be limited, and for you to call natural gas a clean-burning fuel is akin to professing there really is clean coal, when neither exist. Both terms are untrue and misleading and misrepresent facts. They’re not clean, just a little cleanER.

With wider availability of solar panels, maybe even at compressor stations, and mandatory Xcel Energy purchase of overproduced solar energy, the “demand” rate may not even be applicable. It may remove any “surge” Xcel protects other customers from.

There is no reason to supplement oil and gas companies that show record profits. We’ve padded their profits more than 100 years, and the best they seem to be able to do is leave toxic trails of air, ground and water pollution.

Isn’t it time we realistically look at protecting our future generations and be honest with ourselves? We don’t even know if fracking will be safe for our existing water after a few years.





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