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We must dare to dream of ways to save environment

Dear Editor,

I would like to address a letter that appeared in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on Sunday by R.T. Moolick.

Mr. Moolick, the old adage: “if it works, don’t fix it” is partially true; however, if you can find a new, better, cleaner and cheaper way to do something, do it. With the new hybrid and fuel cell cars that will be coming out in mass numbers soon, people will save money on the fuel that they don’t have to buy. Even if they have to pay a stiff price up front, within a couple years of ownership, the money saved on fuel will equal that of the price of the car.



Later in the letter, Mr. Moolick insinuates that the more that a car weighs, the safer it is. This can be disproved by a simple look a physics. If a boulder and a feather are both going at the same speed, and they abruptly stop; the boulder (and a hypothetical human inside) will suffer more damage than the feather (and any imaginary occupants inside). This is proven by the formula: mass x speed = force. Thus, the more a car weighs, the more dangerous it is to drive in it. So, if you replaced the heavy cars of today with the lighter cars of tomorrow in the Ringgold, Ga., 125-car pileup, I would predict about one or two deaths and about 25 injuries.

The remark about the global warming theory having no solid proof is false.



Although it may seem small, our ocean temperature average has risen 1 degree Centigrade in the past 10 years. To humans, that may seem ridiculously small, but forms of life that are not mammalian have a very small range of temperatures that they can survive in; sometimes they can only take a one-degree fluctuation. Also, the oceans on the whole are huge; a one-degree temperature rise is a very large change in such a large environment.

Even though the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may seem bleak to Mr. Moolick, that does not make it worthless. If something is designated a wildlife refuge then that means that it harbors many forms of life that are rare, and most likely to be seen in that region of the world. If we were to wipe out all the forms of indigenous life in say, Kansas (no offense to Kansas people) which is thought of by many people to be bleak and boring, what would the people of Kansas say? They think that their state is beautiful. So, Mr.. Moolick, be careful passing judgment on subjects that you are not familiar with.

The statement that nuclear energy is safe is quite shaky for two reasons.

First, the waste product is very radioactive; radioactivity has been proven to cause cancer. Even if we store the waste far away from people, it can still leak into aquifers. The second thing is that in the event that a country is attacked by, say … terrorists, or enemy nations, and one bomb just so happens to hit a nuclear energy plant, you have Hiroshima and Nagasaki times twelve. Yes,it is true, in nuclear energy, we use U-235, the explosive isotope of uranium.

For my last comment, I have to say, PUT your faith in dreamers, they are the only way that progress is made, and PROGRESSION not REGRESSION will keep any nation strong.

A. Enren

Carbondale


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