Printed letters, April 1, 2010

Natural gas produces greenhouse gases

Natural gas is being promoted by the industry as a transition fuel that is cleaner for the environment than oil or coal. Yet the consumption of natural gas still puts greenhouse hydrocarbons, including methane, into the air, although a little less so than oil or coal.

Natural gas does little for our climate-change problem. Do not let them fool you on this.

Then there is the water pollution problem created by natural gas extraction. It takes enormous quantities of water to extract natural gas. This water gets polluted by the chemicals used in the fracking process and, whether it stays underground or is brought to the surface, it creates immense water degradation. There are reports from all over the country now that support this claim. Do we want to sacrifice our water for a short-term fix for our energy problem?

The extraction of natural gas pollutes large amounts of water. The use of natural gas pollutes our air.

The question is: Do we want to use another polluting fossil fuel as a transition fuel? We have the technology to do nonpolluting fuels such as solar. The best transition fuel is nonpolluting renewable energy.

So why are we being encouraged to consume yet another polluting fossil energy? The gas industry is pouring money into lobbying our government at every level throughout the country. Is this just another case of an industry seeking profits while ignoring the public welfare?

At least, do not let them fool you about the consequences of our being addicted to another fossil fuel.


Battlement Mesa

Take time to read, teach the U.S. Constitution

“A primary object ... should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing ... than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” — George Washington, 1796.

After reading this quote recently, I realized that the house can stay dirty, the laundry can stay in the hamper, my boys can skip their chores. We will be spending this day reading the Constitution and remembering why we are proud to be Americans.

Please take the time to read the Constitution of the United States of America. May God bless you and God bless America.



Citizen input sought for GarCo plan update

The 2030 Garfield County comprehensive plan update process is happening, and if you do not make your voice heard then the decisions will be made by others.

This update of the current 2000 plan is the people’s plan, which means citizens from Parachute to Carbondale can shape growth patterns in the county for many years to come.

Do you envision the county continuing to grow, with few limits on sprawl, with expensive public service requirements? Or do you envision more compact growth around Garfield County towns already set up for these services?

Land-use regulations sometimes lose out in the green press to more tangible sustainability tools such as solar panels, wind turbines and fuel efficient cars. However, making existing systems and plans more efficient might be the easiest way to spend very little in the short term for longer-term solutions.

Comments gathered at community meetings from Parachute to Carbondale have revealed that a majority of residents and decision makers are voting in favor for efficient growth in and around existing towns.

Please come to the next meeting in your area. They will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and in the following locations:

✓ April 5, the Rifle Health and Human Services Building and the New Castle Community Center.

✓ April 6, the Glenwood Springs Community Center and the Silt Burning Mountain Fire Protection District Building.

✓ April 7, the Carbondale Recreation Center and the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Activity Center.

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