Letters to the editor, June 6, 2014

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:10 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Fri Jun 6, 2014.

Cost of unhealthy air is more than realized

The new Environmental Protection Agency regulation requiring all utilities like Public Service Company of New Mexico to reduce their carbon emissions is inevitable. A country of children with 9.3 percent rates of asthma, adult lung disease, rising temperatures and billions in mitigation costs for unhealthy air isn’t a country that is happy running on “cheap energy.”

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  • Philip Taccetta posted at 9:29 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 190

    Apparently, Rockology will purchase treated effluent for dust abatement. I wonder how much they will actually use. Hauling enough water for dust abatement is expensive. That's probably the reason that so many people have called in with reports of fire from the existing gravel operation at the base of Cerro Bonanza. I drive past there once or twice a week and often see plumes of dust rising from gravel mine. Why are they not using water for dust abatement? How come the county doesn't require them to control the dust? If they grant Rockology their request, who is going to see that these "gravel" operations follow the law? It seems that the county doesn't have the resources to keep the existing mine in compliance with the law, how will they monitor another? There are much better uses for water, including treated effluent. To destroy La Bajada for these kinds of operations would be a travesty!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:10 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Allow the forests to be thinned? Don't you know that if humans just left the forests alone, then magical forest elves would come out at night and keep the forests healthy and free from fire?

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    Every time you eat plant based lunch meat, you remove CO2 that was in storage within the plants, not to mention the methane you release.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:32 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    Donell Moor, you had the chance, in 250 words or less to educate us, you should have taken the time.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:15 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    Trillions of green plants would not consider CO2 to be a poison, or unhealthy.

    You should get your Chinese friends to cut back, since they are the biggest user of coal for power plants. v And BTW, why not plant more trees, and allow the forests to be thinned so that fires don't takes out hundreds of thousands of acres of them every year.


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