Letters to the Editor – May 3

Environmentalists have very loud voices and hefty agendas these days, and their ideals are dominating all aspects of our lives. They are attacking fossil fuels through emission regulation: blocking forest sales, coal leases, grazing, oil/gas permits, and more. If we can’t log and manage our forests, mine and burn our coal, drill and use our oil, and gas, then what are people supposed to do? Sit in a circle, hold hands and sing Kumbaya?

There are two sides to every story, and balance is the important key. The use of resources can be balanced with the environment. Most industries seek, develop and implement ways to be harmonious with the environment. Forest/land management, mining reclamation, and cleaner emission technologies are a few examples of good environmental stewardship. Proper management and good use of resources creates American jobs, provides products and services, and generates much needed revenue and taxes.

The latest EPA rule published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2012, proposes to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, limiting CO2 emissions to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour. The rule ultimately blocks construction of new coal-fired power plants in the future in the U.S. The EPA is ignoring clean coal technology and the fact that the newest coal-fired power plants have the latest and greatest emission technology. The EPA should not be casting rules to eliminate state-of- the-art coal-fired power plants and our Energy Department should be finding ways to encourage construction of them with the same gusto they have for so-called green energies.

Over-regulation to the point of killing thousands of coal and related jobs and an industry that has enough reserves to economically power the country for centuries is not following an “all of the above energy strategy.”

The earth has experienced many natural warming and cooling periods and will continue to do so. This ruling is a blatant attempt to control something the EPA has absolutely no power over, Mother Nature. No one can control the weather. Our country must have an affordable energy source to remain competitive in the global marketplace today, and coal needs to remain a vital domestic power on our country’s strategic energy list.

Your comment is important, let the EPA know how this ruling will affect you and your family’s health and welfare. Can you afford an increased utility bill? Will you lose your job or home? How will this affect your business?

All EPA public comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660, and must be submitted by June 12, 2012, in one of the following methods; www.regulations.gov, follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Email to [email protected], fax comments to 202-566-1741, or mail to Air & Radiation Docket & Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460. Send a copy of your comments to Governor Matt Mead, by email to governor.wy.gov, fax to 307-632-3909, or mail to Governor Matt Mead, State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

Kim Dean

Newcastle

Letter to Editor:

To all Wyoming residents, especially those living in areas around the Black Hills and Bear Lodge.

Wyoming Game and Fish, although in the second year of what has been and should be their ‘three year’ plan, are more than likely going to cater to the whims of those who want to eliminate mountain lions from your area. Those same folks are pushing for unlimited quotas and year around killing. The reasoning, although not true, is that the predators are reducing prey (deer and elk) populations. These folks claim loss of money and hunting opportunities due to cougars killing ‘too’ many of their targets. There are many documented studies showing the contrary. Removal of predators does not markedly improve prey numbers. The real causes of prey population decline are overhunting, severe weather events and lack of quality and quantity of food stuffs for the wildlife to eat. Offspring numbers and their survival are directly affected by these very same reasons.

We who have long desired conservative and science based directives toward policies would like you who feel the same way to attend the upcoming meeting: May 24, 2012, 7 p.m. in the courthouse basement in Sundance. The cougar needs you to stand and speak in their defense.

What generally happens at these meetings in Wyoming and SD is a psychological phenomenon called: Group Polarization. When many likeminded people get together, where one side is under represented, “group polarization tends to advocate more extreme positions and calls for riskier courses of action”…that one might see from just individuals. That is why decisions and or surveys should not be made or taken immediately after such a meeting. It is also shown that many people actually change their minds once they have time to consider things and think for themselves.

Those of you that would like to see less killing and a more conservative approach to ‘management’ should make every effort to attend this meeting and call or write all of the Wyoming Game Commission members and your legislators. (They do NOT accept emails)

After all, the wild lands and the wildlife belong to ALL of us, not just those who desire trophies or extermination of the animals for fun or profit.

These words may seem harsh especially from a non resident, yet they are true and the fact is the Black Hills puma are one large population. They travel back and forth across the man made border, not known or respected by those residents who lived here first and offer benefits far outweighing any ‘problems’ they are alleged to cause.

The cougar is just a scapegoat and the victim, not the perpetrator.

If you are interested in a meeting to share facts and talking points, call me: Dr Tom 605-584-1958, thank you.

Tom Huhnerkoch