Jon Warnick: The cost of energy |

Jon Warnick: The cost of energy

Jon Warnick
Blue River

I noticed an interesting editorial contrast in the Dec. 23 SDN. One article claimed an electric powered vehicle will achieve “100 miles a gallon” (without mention of the environmental costs to mine toxic metals for the battery nor battery disposal). The opinion column advocating conversion of ANWR into a monument mentioned global warming, yet failed to mention how domestic energy sources help our national security which can reduce our overseas military presence. The “World Gone Wild” news article claimed “… extreme weather that dominated 2010 is a classic sign of man-made global warming …”.

While we are rightly concerned about our environment, the local article “The Business Of Christmas” perilously strayed from the newspaper’s theme of man-made global warming. The article celebrated “lots of new lights” in Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge; extended shopping hours; and additional marketing funds to attract tourists. The article could have acknowledged the newspaper’s theme by highlighting energy costs of additional lights, energy used by tourists to travel here, and energy needed to entertain the tourists and clean up after they leave.

Blessings and Merry Christmas.

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