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Thursday, September 15, 2005

more on burning garbage

As a follow-up to my previous post, I sent this letter to the paper today:

In yesterday’s paper was an article in the City section about using plasma gasification to burn garbage AND produce electricity with the heat. Hallelujah and it’s about time. Of course, the good news is tempered by the doom sayers saying it might not be able to work because of legislation about “incineration”. You know, legislation is drafted and produced by people and it can be redrafted and eliminated by people too. Laws are just rules we make up to have a little order in society. If the current laws on incineration are anachronistic, then we should change them and allow plasma gasification. Of course, calling it “incineration” would be easier but the mere word would be a red flag to the diehard anti-polluters of the 60s and 70s. It still boggles my mind how they could accept the mass pollution of land by land fills but they couldn’t accept pollution by incineration. Anyway, let us move forward into modern times, let us build garbage burners and benefit from the electricity produced by the heat. Let us also make it abundantly clear to our representatives, whether local or provincial, that they are there to represent us and our best interests. And if they complain that the law doesn’t allow then to build garbage burners, remind them that WE make the law and WE can change it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Conners said...

Well, we can certainly TRY, but the trying becomes such a challenge that if we had to battle the government with everything that we felt was worthwhile, there would be no time in life to enjoy the simple pleasures we still have.
Challenging the government seems to be a 24/7 job. *sigh*

3:21 AM, October 31, 2005  
Blogger JuliaR said...

That is why we supposedly elect representatives - to do our challenging FOR us! I think most of them have totally lost sight of that.

9:00 AM, October 31, 2005  

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