ENERGY VS. THE ENVIRONMENT
I greatly appreciate the environmental concern you have demonstrated in recent issues, especially as concerns evidence published in SCORECARD with regard to PCBs in fish (July 16) and "synfuels" (July 30). Information such as this can usually be found only in Audubon Society and Sierra Club publications, which have not only smaller circulation but also less diversified readership.
G. TURNER HOWARD III
Berrien Springs, Mich.
As a charter subscriber, I've enjoyed many of your editorials, but the one in your July 30 issue is superb. Possibly the timeliest in 25 years. It should be required reading for every member of Congress and all those in the White House.
E. C. MACAULAY
The Energy Project at the Harvard Business School—and others—found development of synthetic fuels to be a far less promising course than increased conservation and greater reliance on solar energy. Why then doesn't the President or Congress advocate a full-scale conservation program and simultaneous full-scale switch to solar power? Probably because it is easier to "cut through the red tape" than to make the tough decisions.
While politicians promise more and more, less and less is accomplished; thus, thank you, SI, for having the courage to face the issues and advocate the correct course of action. Let us hope that the leaders of this country will for once stop thinking of themselves and electoral victory and do what is right for us and best for the world. And do it quickly, because the Soviet leaders do not appear to spend much time worrying about electoral defeat.
GEORGE EDWARD FURTADO
North Providence, R.I.
Shall we be held up by the nations from which we are getting our oil or shall we use the resources we have in abundance to produce our own energy? I have taken into consideration all the objections you raised. But you do not take into consideration that where we have used our coal, etc., there has been no permanent damage to any state. The places from which coal has been strip-mined have been covered with new grass and look as good as ever. As to the effects on individuals, that is pure speculation.
I have lived in Utah and appreciate the beauties of the mountains as much as anyone can. The real question is shall we be victims of the oil bandits, or use the materials nature has given us?
Do you want us to be so short on energy that we have to cancel all sports events? That is the message I get from your wanting to let our great coal resources waste while the nation suffers.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED was off base in its editorial opposing the President's synthetic fuels program. As the President said, the country is being seriously hurt by special-interest groups with narrow views, such as the one you expressed in your July 30 editorial.
Stay on your base, SI, and keep your eye on the ball. The President knows a lot more about our critical energy problem and its effect on the environment than you do.
GEORGE T. HEERY
Level Colorado to extract oil from its shale and salinate its rivers? Despoil Montana's and Wyoming's coal-bearing mountains and foothills and expose people to carcinogens from synfuel plants? Override the sovereignty of these Rocky Mountain states with an Energy Mobilization Board?