Printed letters, September 19, 2013

I read the opinion piece by the executive director of Citizens Climate Lobby, Mark Reynolds, on Sept. 8. In it he expressed his concern about the loss of coal miners’ jobs in a transition to clean-energy jobs.

According to Reynolds, currently 88,000 coal-mining jobs are in the U.S. and the Department of Energy predicts that by 2030, 20 percent of our electricity will be produced by wind, creating 500,000 jobs.

So, let me get this straight. It is going to take 500,000 “clean” jobs to produce a portion of the energy produced by coal miners. Plus, where will all of these 500,000 jobs be created? China? India?

Germany is starting up more coal-fired power stations than in any time in the past 20 years, as the country advances a plan to exit nuclear energy by 2022. Why not use solar and wind? Japan is also seeking to replace its remaining nuclear power plants using some efficient fossil-fired stations. It appears that we may still need some coal yet.

But, even in the face of the fact that global temperatures have remained flat or may have even begun to cool over the last 15 years, Reynolds claims the biosphere above the coal miners is slowly roasting. Yet the Arctic Ocean, which was supposed to be mostly ice-free by this year, according to a 2007 prediction by the BBC, has added more than a million square miles of ice this year.

The biggest fallacy of the column, however, is the use of a “revenue neutral tax on carbon” to offset the increased costs of creating power through solar and wind.

My mind can’t wrap itself around a thought that they want to tax coal, gas, etc. more to promote other kinds of energy production (which costs considerably more) in an effort to deal with a problem that is proving to be one we don’t have.

Finally, after the global-warming sham is finally exposed, I am sure there will be jobs in the carbon industry for even the director of Citizens Climate Lobby. We can also stop wasting money on the Solyndras, reduce our deficit and quit stealing from our grandchildren.

MICHAEL HIGGINS

Grand Junction

Pork N Hops took a toll 
on revamped Lincoln Park

I attended Pork N Hops festival last weekend as a professional barbecue competitor and was sickened when I saw what was done to the just-finished, revitalized Lincoln Park.

I realize that we cannot predict the amount of rainfall we will have a year out, but when the entire competition was placed in the newly worked areas and the grass turned to mud and the mud to mud pits, who is accountable for the damage?

As a local taxpayer, I want to know why the event was not held somewhere else. At least organizers should have competitors park in areas that will not damage the grassy areas, like the parking lots on pavement.

On occasion I enjoy walking in the park, as well as taking my dog to play, but how much should we have to pay to fix the damage to the area in question?

Heavy equipment was used to pull out some of the huge RVs and trailers that got stuck in the deep mud ruts, as well as on the slick grassy and muddy areas. Are we as taxpayers now liable to pay to replant the grass and for reworking the areas that were completely ruined at this event?

I love the Pork N Hops event, but I question this year’s decision to go ahead and park in the grass. Maybe next year we can hold it in an area that will draw more people, and be able to accommodate it without damaging public-use areas.

Lastly, why was there no mention of the event in The Daily Sentinel on Sunday? Wine Fest gets promotion, Mike the Headless Chicken festival gets promotion, as well as Country Jam, but Pork N Hops was not mentioned on Sunday?

Thank you to all the competitors who participated and, most of all, to the members of the public who came out to support the event and enjoy the best barbecue in the country. Your support does not go unnoticed!

DOUGLAS WINTER

Palisade

 

Autumn Breeze neighborhood 
thanks emergency personnel

The residents and board of directors of the Autumn Breeze Homeowners’ Association would sincerely like to thank all those who responded to the tragedy that was discovered in our neighborhood Aug. 31.

Sheriff’s Deputies Beagley and Cowley are especially appreciated. These two fine officers were kind, compassionate and deeply concerned for the well-being of the family in whose yard the tragedy occurred.

Their professionalism is a credit to the Sheriff’s Department.

Personnel with the Clifton Fire Department responded quickly and compassionately.

Jody Hudson, with the Mesa County coroner’s office, is also to be commended for his professional conduct and kindness.

We are fortunate to live in an area where our public servants not only take pride in doing their jobs to the best of their ability, but where they also demonstrate true concern for all those involved.

SANDY ANDERSEN

Grand Junction



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