Letter to the Editor
I’m writing in response to the November 14, 2021 letter from Anne Sweeney of Erie. As the offspring of a long line of Michigan farmers, I have long-loved the beauty of fields, growing crops and grazing herds. I agree that the sight of areas of solar panels does not have the same soul-nourishing beauty.
We live in a time of confusing values and needs. We are in a world that is energy hungry, and that hunger does a lot to harm the good earth. Over generations and centuries, the land has been brutalized by digging for coal or other valuables. Gaping areas are huge — miles across — and deep.
One such area that has been ‘rescued’ is The Wilds, which is not far south of Columbus, Ohio. It is a great expanse of property that is used for the rescue of animals on the verge of extinction. It is beautiful and useful now, but that does not change the history.
Neither does reclaimed property account for the human lives that have been taken or for the health of workers that has been altered or those who have suffered from breathing burning of coal.
Another fossil fuel that has been feeding our energy needs is oil. Oil pumps grind away on the earth pulling up `black gold.’ Offshore drilling pollutes our lakes and waters. The dispute over the pipeline in Lake Superior is a major concern. No pipeline is forever secure. We have seen the recent disaster off the California coast when a ship’s anchor pulled apart a pipeline.
We have seen the problems of coal and oil production and use. We have not yet learned all about the value and safety of wind power and solar power. No to Solar raises questions that may take MANY scientists and nations to confront and solve.
So let us work, hope and pray for wise persons to discover and use the resources of the good earth for the good of all humans.
Rita M. Fisher
This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: We need to learn more about wind and solar power