Letters to the Editor for April 4, 2011
Unlogged forests should stay
The tropical forests such as the Amazon continue to be logged for
agricultural expansion, often for cows to produce more meat for
Americans. It’s never been more important for all of us to think about
how our lifestyle impacts forests as they are showing multiple signs of
stress, globally. Many of these negative impacts start with the
consumption patterns in our everyday lives. I personally think that
significantly reducing our consumption is the single most important
thing we could do to solve many of our society’s greatest challenges.
Stop windmills by saving energy
To the editor:
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that wind will generate less than 1 percent of electric production needs by 2030. Wind facilities compromise our environment, health, wildlife and economy, and Oregonians are paying the astronomical price for wind projects while the energy goes out of state.
Wind developer hype is being challenged as the truth is exposed. Not only is wind power highly subsidized, but additional CO2 emissions are being generated as backup power plants are put into spinning reserve when the wind is blowing. The very few long-term jobs cost taxpayers millions per job. Plus, for every green job, 2.2 regular jobs are lost.
The Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley has started a campaign called the Conserve 3 percent Energy Challenge. By conserving just 3 percent of our electric energy, we can eliminate the need for wind power production and its damaging effects.
Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley