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By The Staff

Jog includes environmental lessons

During my jog around Los Alamos this morning I was able to retrieve seven squashed aluminum cans and three pieces of a aluminum foil that had been discarded by the roadside.

This is similar to my experience every morning.

This very valuable concentrated metal/mineral resource will of course be passed on to the town’s largest waste aluminum collector/charity donator.

   There are many inter-related aspects of these seemingly trivial events that reflect upon a human behavior that appears more and more hell-bent upon destroying the eco-system of our fragile planet.

Maybe we should all give some truly and unbiased deep thought into what is driving it that way and maybe react accordingly.

Gerald B. Ansell, Ph.D.

 Los Alamos.


U.S. Senate needs to focus on service to the people

The U.S. Senate finished its session this month without finishing its job.

More than anything else in America today, we need an effective climate and clean energy bill. 

We need to replace carbon-intensive fuels with clean, renewable sources of energy. 

And yet senators failed to deliver on this most vital of issues, in many cases — and despite their stated reasons — because their re-election is being funded by fossil fuel industries.

Such senators do not serve the people.

In poll after poll, Americans have shown they want action on climate change.

The Senate is out of touch with America.

When senators return to Washington in September, they must do two things:

• Firstly, press leadership to introduce a strong climate and clean energy bill and vote for it, putting aside any local or short-term concerns.

The bill should put in place a firm cap on carbon emissions across the economy and a robust national renewable electricity standard to move us toward truly sustainable energy.

• Secondly, push for a radical change in Congressional campaign financing so that senators no longer feel constrained to vote against the interests of the people.

We expect no less of them.

Rena R. Jackson