To the Editor: Government cannot solve environmental problems

July 7, 2010

I noticed an interesting juxtaposition in the June 30-July 6 issue. On the front page, you had the article “Waterkeeper News” by Art Norris, about saving the rivers from large polluters and the need for better oversight along with requiring I.E.S. (Environmental Impact Statements). Also on the front page was the usual “Renewable Energy” column by Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, and finally, the sports page column by Jim Hagerty about the Asian carp problem.

What, you may ask, do these stories have in common? They all are written by people who are dedicated to environmental protection (hardly anyone would argue with that), and they are relying on the government to do the “heavy lifting” in terms of regulation, subsidies, studies, permits, etc. They are all doomed to disappointment. It’s foolish to expect the government to be either wise or effective in stewardship of our natural resources. You need only to look at their problem-solving skills in other areas (the economy, employment/job creation, immigration, health care, etc.).

How effective has the government been handling those?

Our rivers will be polluted, wind and solar energy will prove to be a giant boondoggle, and the Asian carp will find its way into the Great Lakes. Your writers have good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with them.

Richard Gribbins

Polo, Ill.

From the July 7-13, 2010 issue

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