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Letter: Cure global warming with conservation, not more govt.

The Pioneer editorial, "Put climate change issue at forefront," is quite indicative of the "Big Brother" attitude so often expressed in the Pioneer. The editor makes such ominous pronouncements as to leave one doubting that individuals can do any...

The Pioneer editorial, "Put climate change issue at forefront," is quite indicative of the "Big Brother" attitude so often expressed in the Pioneer. The editor makes such ominous pronouncements as to leave one doubting that individuals can do anything, one way or the other, to be good stewards. In other words, it is up to big government and big business to bring about needed changes. This seeming lack of looking to the individual is terribly bothersome.

The editor mentions that summers are longer, winters have less snow and we can expect drought again. As an aside, he fails to mention that summers are longer than "when" and we have less snow than "when"? Oh well!

More seriously, the editor speaks of action needed by the Minnesota State Legislature and the raising of awareness of climate activity by former VP Al Gore. Sen. Norm Coleman is pushing big business to produce better coal emission reduction power plants. Hey, what about the individual assuming some responsibility!

Perhaps if we all took some initiative toward conservation and a cleaner environment we might show the way for big government and big business. Perhaps we could do some or all of the following:

E Don't drive so darn fast.

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E Don't drive so much.

E Do as Europeans do -- walk or bike to work or the store, if at all possible.

E Put more air in our tires.

E Don't let our cars "idle" just to have a warm car.

E Keep our heating system well maintained and keep our thermostat down more than we would like.

E Plant trees or support people who do as trees give off oxygen, and consume carbon dioxide.

If we, as individuals don't want to be good stewards, I am sure that eventually big government will do it to us, and we probably won't like what we get. I can just imagine ridiculous governmental policies in the future. No one allowed to eat dairy and beef products because cows poop, no one is allowed to have pets for the same reason, people must breathe less every day, don't hug a tree as you may interfere with the production of oxygen, and, stay or become poor so that you will have to cut back on energy.

Sound silly? Just keep in mind that the federal government gave us the $700 toilet seat and the $500 screwdriver.

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Fulton Gallagher

Bemidji

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