Letters to the Editor

Double standard

The accusations made by the Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County on the rail activity in and out of Longview is misleading and hypocritical.

Last year, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced its own train project in Seattle. What people don’t know is that the locomotives used in this project and the freight trains that will be used to move coal into the Longview terminal are practically identical.

Freight rail activity — just like the activity that will go on in and around Longview — moves nearly 870,000 carloads of commodities through Washington every year. So why make this claim? This is a clear double standard put in place by our regulators that blatantly favors urban centers, at the disadvantage of rural communities.

The reality is none of these train systems poses any significant cancer risk to communities. This is a clear case of the state picking winners and losers. And in their political driven agenda — Millennium is an unfair loser.

Mike Bridges

Longview

Lifeblood

In 2007, the Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote declared carbon dioxide a pollutant based on models predicting drastic temperature increases, then said the EPA had the right to control emissions from new cars. The suit was brought mostly by 12 coastal states and environmental groups.

It appears that carbon dioxide was the blame for all the real pollutants emitted from fossil fuel engines and the drastic claim on carbon dioxide was the lever because it was easy to calculate.

Well, 10 years down the road it appears the drastic claims are not coming true as was so elegantly pointed out by journalist Matt Ridley at a lecture before the Global Warming Policy Forum of the Royal Society in October 2016.

He points out that the greening of the earth — mostly in arid areas because the extra CO2 — makes plants more water efficient. The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (co2science.org) estimates the greening value at several trillion dollars.

None of the 14 scares put forth in 1970 have come true. Strangely enough, even the IPCC admits much uncertainty in their estimates. Over 100 models do not come close to real temperatures and modelers are now saying they made errors.

Great examples show what fossil fuels have done for improving the lives of the less fortunate.

Clearly the Supreme Court needs to revisit the 2007 decision so the country can get back to tackling real pollution problems and backing out of the wasteful carbon taxes.

Let’s return carbon dioxide to its rightful place as the lifeblood of all living things.

Larry Wilhelmsen

Longview

Public interest

I would like to thank our county commissioners for listening to public comment regarding the Cowlitz County landfill. This should reflect on all the citizens in this county that just how much our elected officials look out for public interest. They had reiterated in past meetings there was no intention on selling the landfill. Now we are in the process of spending money out of the landfill funds to a private company to the tune of $40,000 dollars to put a price tag to the landfill. I have yet to here a straight answer on the motive behind this move to continue to pursuit of this issue of sale even though they claim it’s for a lease agreement. When can we ever have the public interest put first when there in not a profit involved from outside influence or undisclosed reasons?

Marvin Raynor

Castle Rock

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