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Wrong answers on global warming, oil drilling | Letters

I was reminiscing over articles I had written for The Mirror over the past few years as well as articles written by other writers that perked my interest. Two subjects included in the latter are the environment and energy. If you have been a longtime reader of The Mirror, you will recall articles I wrote in 2007 about global warming and the debate I had with another letter writer.

I believed that at the time, global warming was a serious issue facing our planet. I wrote about the scientific facts to support my position. Another letter writer, on the other hand, felt it was not an issue and tried to refute my evidence.

It is now four years later and scientific evidence has clearly shown that global warming — or if you prefer the term climate change — is a very real issue.

Back on July 5, 2008, another writer had an article published titled “Our Nation’s Energy Crisis.”  He was writing because he didn’t believe Sen. Maria Cantwell when she said that we only had 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves or that drilling in the ANWR (Alaska) would only reduce the price of gas by one penny. The writer stated “we need to become more energy efficient. But it is a long road to get there from here. We need to work at all alternatives (all true statements). The biggest ones are to drill for oil and build nuclear plants (he failed to mention the other big one, renewable energy such as solar, wind, etc., which is a big part of our Puget Sound Energy’s program). We should stop objecting to these efforts. Nuclear plants are being used safely all over the world. We can safely drill offshore.”

Really? Maybe he should tell that to the Gulf Coast residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and to the residents of northern Japan. Back in April 2010, we had a major oil spill in the Gulf when the British Petroleum (BP) rig Deepwater Horizon blew up and created an environmental disaster of epic proportions that took months and millions of dollars to fix the leak and clean up the mess. Then in March 2011, Japan (which is on the “Ring of Fire”) experienced a massive 9.0 earthquake which resulted in a tsunami that literally destroyed the nuclear power plant at Fukushima Daiichi, which created another environmental disaster greater than Three Mile Island (March 1979) but less than the “China Syndrome,” which occurred at Chernobyl in the Ukraine (April 1986) and was one of the biggest environmental disasters of all time.

Before you express an opinion or state a fact like the Federal Way writer of the above referenced article did, you might want to give it some serious thought before you have it published. Although it may be true at the time, events can happen to make what you say “nonfactual.”

If that happens — as it did in this case — then you lose your credibility as a writer. As the wise saying goes, “look before you leap...”

Gary Robertson, Federal Way

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