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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • In "Our Energy Future" (Sunday, Nov. 25) Chamber of Commerce CEO Donohue argues only for short-term profits, ignoring the destruction of this planet as a habitable environment for future generations.
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  • In "Our Energy Future" (Sunday, Nov. 25) Chamber of Commerce CEO Donohue argues only for short-term profits, ignoring the destruction of this planet as a habitable environment for future generations.
    Donohue promotes shale development for oil and fracking for gas as though they're benign activities. In fact, the open-pit tactics of oil shale production destroy the land. Worse, it takes more energy to extract the oil than it provides — so energetically it's a total bust. Additionally, it is the most carbon-polluting oil production method of all. Donohue also ignores the carcinogens that are pumped into our groundwater (drinking water) through fracking.
    The evidence suggests this planet will likely be uninhabitable if we allow the temperature to increase 2 degrees Celsius above historic averages. We are four-fifths of the way there. This means we can only afford to pump another 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere before future generations pay a steep price.
    Known fossil-fuel reserves amount to five times that total (2,795 gigatons). We must leave most of this in the ground.
    Fossil fuel corporations and Donohue's Chamber of Commerce — where profits trump lives and future generations — are enemies of the future. — Alan Journet, Ph.D., Jacksonville
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