Printed Letters: August 30, 2017
Demand investment in renewable energy
We are very lucky to have grassroots organizations like Western Colorado Congress who research and advocate for citizen interests, as we live in a political environment whereby our representatives are often in debt to oil and gas due to their financial donations and thus are more likely to act in their interests.
The Fram Whitewater oil development project is a good example of how Western Colorado Congress has been looking out for our health, safety and economic interests. It isn’t a matter of just objecting to the risk that oil and gas development in our pristine water basin presents, it is equally reasoned that we have other options for energy development. We can demand investments in the generation of energy with wind, sun, and water.
Do we choose to donate to the profits of oil and gas risking other economic interests like agriculture and our children’s future, or do we use our natural resources through the BLM to generate clean energy through wind, water and sun? I know oil and gas development makes every attempt to be responsible, but accidents happen. Let’s get with the greener times.
Legal pot not an entitlement to put others at risk
The front-page story on Aug. 28 linking the rise of traffic fatalities to pot use is extremely alarming and should be disturbing to all citizens and politicians in Colorado. The highlights show that since pot has been legalized, its involvement in fatal crashes has increased 40 percent. In 2016 alone, 71 of 155 (61 percent) of the survivors of fatal crashes tested positive and this does not include the possible condition of the fatalities themselves since the state does not require they be tested.
With all that data, the Colorado transportation and public safety officials say that this “does not definitively prove that the rise is linked to legalized marijuana” and the lobbying group for the cannabis industry cavalierly says this simply proves that “a larger number are consuming and at some point are driving a car.”
Legalization of pot use is not an entitlement to put other people at risk. I am sure that the increased tax revenue that the politicians drool over is of little comfort to those families of the severely injured, permanently handicapped, or deceased.
Perhaps it is time our politicians in Denver stop looking at the revenue they want to keep flowing and start putting the lives and welfare of all the citizens of Colorado first.
Walcher column filled with falsehoods and distortions
Regarding the column, “Hello McFly, are you rich yet” written by Greg Walcher, quite frankly it is a pathetic diatribe filled with falsehoods, distortions and questionable conclusions, consistent with his usual writing. The fact that he writes as “president of the Natural Resources Group” implying that he is a conservationist has set him up as a messenger who distorts truth and reality.
In this column, he disputes the scientific fact of global warming, even though well over 90 percent of responsible scientists involved have concluded through comprehensive studies, that our earth is warming at a rapid rate due to “man-made catastrophic global warming” (Walcher’s terminology). Then Walcher overstates and distorts this science by claiming that scientists know and have claimed publicly that, “they absolutely know what will happen in the future.” What rubbish!
Walcher goes on to say, “if the science is completely settled” (which it pretty much is) “and further research is pointless (who claims this but Walcher?) “why don’t these scientists and activists just use the information to make their fortunes?” Therefore Walcher’s primary premise discrediting the science of global warming is that if the science was accurate, the scientists reaching these conclusions should and would have become entrepreneurs and grown obscenely wealthy based on their knowledge and data. His base assumption: the only consideration that should and would drive scientists and science is greed and profit. Pathetic! And shame on Walcher.
Walcher claims he’s being “a bit” sarcastic but goes on to say that, “Capitalism and the profit motive are more likely to solve environmental problems than any government regulations.” What rubbish and just an absolutely stunning and cynical conclusion.
With all the resistance to change represented by the extraction industries, with the mines deserted by corporations (these mines left to create a nightmare of problems and falling on government to solve the dirty, polluting problems they created and walked away from) with oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, we could go on and on.
Yes, Walcher, “free enterprise has created unprecedented wealth,” (much of which has gone to the elite wealthy few, I might add), but we are living with the environmental consequences of this greed which these same people, (including you), deny and take little responsibility for by walking away from the nightmare they have created while cynically slamming scientists and government. Shame on you.