There are many ways to harvest good and reliable energy, rather than desecrate our planet and atmosphere with the idea that pockets must be lined with money for the investors.

With our progressive (world wide) society, new innovative ideas in science and creative means invented to help the "world" with better, cleaner, and cheaper energy is now ours for the implementation — as well as many, many more jobs to be had with these endeavors. The use of solar, water, and air energy to run machinery and do other things to make our lives more comfortable and productive have been around for centuries.

I am concerned and alarmed by the "need for greed" in oil and coal to be the end to all means for energy. As an example, I am greatly disturbed by the pipeline leaks that continue to take place destroying the earth, wildlife, and human lives, all of which can never be replaced. Did you know that pipeline operations considered safe, actually allow up to 1 percent of oil leakage into the water systems that support life? Did you know that coal is dangerous for the workers who get black lung and the children get asthma from coal burning? Even though I protest these out-dated and dangerous avenues for acquiring energy, I do not declare myself as a protester, but rather, I consider myself a "protector" of our most valuable resources. The quality of life and life itself must be respected and protected. Our earth, and all living things, must be honored as precious gifts.

There are many ways to harvest good and reliable energy, rather than desecrate our planet and atmosphere with the idea that pockets must be lined with money for the investors. This grievous act for the pretend purpose of keeping us in energy is preposterous when other ways are readily available, cleaner, and safer. We are an intelligent society. Shouldn't we invest in creative ideas and jobs to keep our lives safe for all?

— Susan J. Welker, Hannibal