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Omissions are misleading

Omissions are misleading

I am submitting this letter to correct errors of fact in today’s letter by

Rolf Westgard.

“In his Feb. 22 article on climate change, concerned citizen Rolf

Westgard criticized John Kerry’s statements about climate change while he

promoted his full encouragement of nuclear power. While perhaps well

intentioned, Mr. Westgard made incorrect and incomplete statements which

mislead readers. First, he claimed humans exhale carbon dioxide (which is

true) but he neglected to say that all of that carbon dioxide was initially

extracted from the atmosphere by the plants which make up our food chain.

Humans are not net emitters of carbon dioxide.

In his promotion of nuclear power (which I agree with to some extent) he

didn’t mention the very high costs. Nuclear is one of the most expensive

energy sources around. He may want to pay more for his electricity but I

don’t, particularly when there are obvious safety issues.

These omissions are misleading. If we want to be able to make good decisions

about our energy future, we need good information.

Dr. John Abraham

University of St Thomas

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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