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Letter to the Editor: Environmental Info
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Before we get the possibility of getting “The Green New Deal” shoved down our throat, here is some information from a three-decades environmentalist, Michael Shellenberger, that’s well worth your time. Although humans are a major contributor to rising global temperatures, it doesn’t mean the world is ending. The climate movement is more radical, alarmist causing anxiety & depression, especially among young people.

Fires, for the most part, have declined. California & Australia, however, have increased due to lack of mitigation, allowing wood fuel to build up and building homes too near forests – not climate change.

Wind and solar are not the future. What most people don’t understand is how much land they require. 300-400 times more land is required for a wind or solar farm as opposed to a natural gas or nuclear power plant. To generate energy for the entire U.S. would require 25-50% of ALL the land in the U.S. Wind and solar, not being as reliable, would also require backup. Nuclear waste is 200-300 times less than solar and the fuel rods are safely contained.

Apocalyptic environmentalists so influenced the World Bank, etc. that they no longer fund economic development in poor countries. They focus money on solar and wind instead of hydroelectricity, natural gas, and nuclear. It is hypocritical and unethical to demand poor nations follow a slower and more expensive path to prosper than the West has. Failure to finance development in Africa, Asia and Latin America threatens national security in America and Europe. It’ll be financed by China, who has no interest in democracy and freedom.

Banning plastic straws and bags will not minimize plastic waste in the oceans. Aiding poor-developing countries with strong waste collection-management would do much more to improve the situation, since five Asian countries (China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, & Sri Lanka) contribute half of the world’s mismanaged waste.

There is no rich low-energy nation or poor high-energy one. Doesn’t make sense to rule out the obvious solution – nuclear. Sweden already generates 95% of electricity from non-carbon-emitting sources, mostly nuclear and hydroelectric power.

Just some info to, hopefully, combat the hysteria that seems to come from all directions.


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