Tuesday’s letters: It’s time to listen to Greta

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, in blue jacket, joined about 8,000 Edmonton youth, climate activists, and community members outside the Alberta legislature in a climate strike on Friday, Oct. 18. SHAUGHN BUTTS / POSTMEDIA / SunMedia

I had the privilege to walk with thousands and to hear Greta Thunberg speak about the climate crisis.

I am not an activist and I didn’t agree with everything that was said by some speakers and protestors but this is such an important issue that I wanted to stand and be counted. I hear our government and other oil and gas activists say they want to tell Greta about Alberta, how special we are, et cetera, but I did not hear one comment reported about how they want to listen to her. It is time to listen.

Linda Scott, Edmonton

Great photos of young activist

Congratulations to Journal photographer Shaughn Butts for his outstanding and historic photos of Greta Thunberg at the legislature last Friday.

My personal favourite is the shot of the huge crowd with Ms. Thunberg, in the foreground, turning to look back towards the camera. Picture of the year!

Simon Renouf, Edmonton

Columnist ignores nuclear’s downsides

Re. “Climate activist gracious and articulate during visit,” David Staples, Oct. 19

David Staples has written at least three columns extolling the virtues of nuclear energy in the past few months, while skipping the downsides of nuclear. He repeatedly calls nuclear energy “green” although it produces vast amounts of highly radioactive toxic wastes which last thousands of years, for which we have no long-term storage solution.

We should not look towards nuclear as a future solution to climate change. The nuclear cycle (from mining to plant construction and production) produces more CO2 than renewable options, such as solar and wind, and is more expensive (dozens of billions of dollars for one nuclear plant) and takes longer to develop — decades.

Currently, the nuclear industry is pushing for the placement of SMRs (small modular reactors) in remote and northern regions of Canada. Once again, Indigenous and more isolated rural communities will be the sacrifice zone for potentially toxic and dangerous technologies. Postmedia, quit putting these propaganda pieces in your newspaper.

Linda Massimo, Edmonton

Cutting demand of fossil fuels is key

It is admirable of Greta Thunberg to help increase understanding and acceptance of global warming, and to admonish world leaders for not doing enough to mitigate it. She is obviously very passionate about this existential problem.

However, curtailing crude oil production in Canada or any other nation is futile. The key to reducing greenhouse gases from hydrocarbon fuels is to cut demand, not supply. The world produces about 99 million barrels of crude daily, most of which is converted to fuel for the one billion automotive vehicles, tens of thousands of aircraft, and a large number of other machines, and replacing those users will not be easy nor quick.

Meanwhile, if we don’t supply our share of the necessary crude, some other country will make up the difference.

Art Davison, Sherwood Park

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