On trains, planes and automobiles: In response to the hysterics of Mr. Guerra


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Editor's note: The following letter is in response to last week's letter, "We need to ban all trains planes and automobiles" by Joe Guerra.

To the Editor:

In response to the hysterics of Mr. Guerra: the younger generation wants to save their planet, as many did in 1970 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed.

To quote a speech in January of 1970:

"The great question of the seventies is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water?

"Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions. It has become a common cause of all the people of this country. It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they more than we will reap the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.

"Clean air, clean water, open spaces — these should once again be the birthright of every American. If we act now, they can be.

"We still think of air as free. But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water. The price tag on pollution control is high. Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt is being called."

— Richard Nixon, state of the Union speech, 1970.

Richard Nixon, who also signed the EPA into existence.

I remember New York City smog alerts in the '60s, the smell of the Hudson on a hot summer day. The U.S. started the environmental movement. I have seen the effects globally. Seoul, South Korea, in the '80s was completely covered in Gray Smog from two-cycle engines. It is relatively clear today. Why? Because the U.S. has pollution laws, and their products had to conform to our laws.

Beijing is still smog-covered but getting better. China has begun shutting down all of its coal plants.

Frankly, will you be alive in 10, 15, 20, 25 years from now? I hope to be. But the people who will be alive want to have a planet to live on. Turn off Fox News and turn on the Weather Channel. They are showing the daily effect of climate change. The EPA started in 1970, we still have cars, planes and, in some places, trains. It's not socialism, it's intelligence.

Chuck Roberts

Milford



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