‘Clean and green’ energy doesn’t exist
In reference to the letter from Pete Looker on April 11 about our addiction to oil:
The reason for the war in Iraq was not oil. It was because madman Saddam Hussein invaded an ally and claimed to have weapons of mass destruction. After being pushed back to Baghdad, he said he would open his country to unrestricted U.N. inspections if he could stay in power. He did not live up to his word, so the coalition forces had to invade to confirm he did not have them.
As for clean and green energy, it does not exist. All forms have negative affects. Solar has waste products from manufacturing. They also take energy from the sun that would be reflected back to space and keep it on the Earth. Wind energy in mass quantities will pull energy from the atmosphere with unknown changes to weather patterns. Ethanol and other bio-based fuels require almost as much energy to produce as they contain, and hurt the food supply.
Right now our best energy solutions are to develop and use the technologies to extract the oil, coal and natural gas that we have in large quantities.
Schalmont’s talent show benefitted everyone
On April 10, I had the pleasure of attending a talent show at Schalmont High School, put on by Schalmont Middle School students.
The proceeds from the show were to benefit the Vasculitis Foundation. For those unaware of vasculitis, it is a family of rare auto-immune diseases that can affect people of all ages. Donations support the foundation’s work on behalf of all vasculitis patients and their families.
The students who participated with their singing, dancing and music need to be commended for their great performances, dedicating their hard work for a good cause. Even some of the teachers did a skit, to the delight of their students.
A salute goes out to the students in the audience, whose cheers supported their peers on stage. Thank you for your support to make a difference in the lives of vasculitis patients everywhere.
For information on this disease, go to www.VasculitisFoundation.org.
Cathy A. Severino