Printed letters, January 15, 2013

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Sean Hunt really misses the point of water and uses. He uses ski areas and agriculture as examples of great usage. Yes, these businesses use water, BUT in a way totally different than oil shale! Their use results in water returning to the hydrological cycle. BUT industrial uses of water use it to be a solvent or carrier. The water becomes polluted and dangerous and industry figures it to be too expensive to reclaim it effectively. That “small percentage” becomes a BIG percentage as the years accumulate the total amount of water rendered to brine, laden with metals, chemicals, radioactivity and toxins. If Sean would go to the USGS web site, , he would see that the actual amount of water. “”...This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kms), with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kms). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant…”

The end result is industries using water in the manner of the oil shale industry ends up coating the upper surface of the earth with residues of pollution from deep formations of the past and accumulating it in the present. Much like the poisoning and destruction of the atmosphere that was done with tetraethyl lead in gasoline and the early Freon of refrigeration (both developed by the same guy – Thomas Midgley ).
Well, Sean, your convenience of today does not justify the screwing up of the future.

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