Pilot Letter: Promote hope for the future

https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_b622c838-c07f-11e9-9f09-ff9188c56d7c.html

The letter writer says, “Nothing has scared me more than looking at my child’s face with a look of hopelessness.”

Ambiguity aside (whose face had the hopeless look?), there is no reason to be hopeless. One of the great lessons learned over the last 100 years or so is that economic prosperity and environmental conservation go hand in hand. The most obvious approach to maintaining the planet as a Garden of Eden is to promote high economic growth which can pay for conservation.

It seems to me that “free” energy would drive enormous economic growth. That’s essentially what fossil fuels have been. They brought us to the point where, now, other options are feasible as a matter of science and engineering.

That’s the message the young need to hear.

5 thoughts on “Pilot Letter: Promote hope for the future

  1. Have to agree with Russell that the idea that fossil fuels are “free”. The financial costs are not the only ones involved. The environmental costs that we, our children and grandchildren will be paying over the next several decades are even higher, completely removing the idea of “free” fossil fuels.

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    1. Costs don’t occur in a vacuum. Benefits must also be considered.

      If it were possible to compare the cost value of fossil fuels to the benefit value in some rational way, I’d guess that the benefit value so far exceeds the cost value as to make the cost insignificant.

      The original post alludes to this when it says, fossil fuels “brought us to the point where, now, other options are feasible as a matter of science and engineering.”

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  2. Yes fossil fuels have brought us to where we are. They have fulfilled their purpose and our dependence on them needs to end as we move towards renewable and cleaner energy sources, including the newer technology nuclear reactors.

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