Opinion

Opinion

Earth Day

April 21, 2012

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To the editor:

We should celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

Let us rededicate ourselves to greatly reducing air, water and soil pollution in order to save the Earth’s environment.

  1. Let us use more mass transportation and drive gasoline-fueled, air-polluting cars less.

  2. Let us keep sewage and manufacturing waste out of lakes and rivers.

  3. Let us protect wildlife and provide numerous parks and nature preserves for it.

  4. Let us reduce the use of polluting pesticides on crops.

  5. Let us develop more water, wind and solar power.

This is the only Earth we have. Let’s make it livable.

Comments

cato_the_elder 3 years, 1 month ago

"This is the only Earth we have. Let’s make it livable."

Agreed. Let's resurrect a space program gutted by Obama, develop a rocket to Mars, and send all of the environmentalist wackos there.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, go and drown.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

I often take the bus and there are always lots of people there, except at certain slow times of the day. Considering that you have never ridden the T, and don't even live in town you wouldn't know the reality. Of course, not knowing the facts has never stopped you from making them up, has it?

grammaddy 3 years, 1 month ago

You don't live here or pay taxes here so why do you care how the community spends their money here?

Ken Lassman 3 years, 1 month ago

Funny you mentioned spring--it's no joke that we've had an uprecedentedly early spring in the eastern half of the country. It appears to be one of the most extreme meteorolgical extreme events in the past 135 years. For a fascinating review of the facts, check out the excellent 2 part series on this by Peter Sinclair: http://newenergynews.blogspot.com/2012/04/climate-denial-crock-of-week-weird_21.html

And all of the concern about massive wealth transfer associated with green infrastructure development is pretty funny: the burgeoning renewables and green infrastructure industry is out there for anyone to join and make money on, and so what are US manufacturers waiting for? It seems that it took the collapse of the auto industry in the US to wake them up enough to get with the game, not that there weren't plenty of signals that were ignored to make a more efficient automobile. The early start in the wind industry that the US had was deep-sixed by the Reagan Administration, which undercut all supports to the fledgling industry, and as a result some key individuals in the industry moved from the US to Denmark and elsewhere, where they built up their huge wind manufacturing capabilities and are now national heroes--in Denmark.

Centerville 3 years, 1 month ago

Whatever you do, don't question wind power. The natural gas industry is laughing all the way to the bank.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

Clean coal ads don't bother anyone. Dry water, new antiques, a deal too good to be true, buy it fast, tomorrow will be too late.

I say celebrate, think about how you live. And for the goofy antiants. think. You could use a change. Adult diapers coming to you soon, I hope they soothe your worry.

ProfBob 3 years, 1 month ago

Every serious student of the overpopulation problem realizes that there are too many people and not enough resources. But politicians will never suggest reducing people's traditional right to have children. That right comes from a tradition of need for larger families to do more work. That need no longer exists. The unemployment rate in the world, particularly in the West and particularly with young workers, points out that there are too many people and they cannot all have jobs when robots and computers are making many humans, especially those without higher education in math and the natural sciences, superfluous. The best and most comprehensive series of books on the subject are free e-books. I suggest that people read them at http://www.andgulliverreturns.info. The series is heavily documented even though the odd-numbered books are in the science fiction realm. But the even numbered books are definitely nonfiction. Some of them discuss why people don't want to change what they see as their “rights.”

rtwngr 3 years, 1 month ago

OMG, I hope you aren't really someone who, based on your username, is an instructor. This has to be one of the most obtuse posts to ever appear on these blogs. We are all more stupid for having read it.

Ken Lassman 3 years, 1 month ago

Translation: I'm too....no....gotta resist.....whew! That was close!

rtwngr 3 years, 1 month ago

Climactic change is a lie and you are merely perpetuating that lie. Please stop.

Ken Lassman 3 years, 1 month ago

Les, thanks for the summary of this important paper, which is available free online: http://www.climateandenergy.org/_FileLibrary/FileImage/FeddemaSummary.pdf

Any Kansan who is interested in the real situation surrounding climate change would do good to read this paper.

rtwngr 3 years, 1 month ago

My generation invented Earth Day. We were the ones that started it and it had nothing to do with conservation, love, peace, or any of that crap. It was the one day each year that reminded us of which planet in the solar system we inhabited because we were so stoned every other day of the year and had no clue where we were!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

Clearly, you're speaking only for yourself. Most others managed to grow up at least a little.

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