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April 15, 2008

Editor’s Page: Go green, but be realistic

Gerald Ondrey

As spring approaches, the woods around Frankfurt are beginning to get green again. Taking in this annual transformation, it seems like a good time to reflect on how the meaning of the word "green" has changed — through misuse or at least, in...

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Comments (1) for Editor’s Page: Go green, but be realistic Â
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Mr. Gerald Ondrey’s last sentence sums it up. "Ultimately, the only truly green solution is to reduce consumption — the second law of thermodynamics says so."

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R, Md.) speaks out plain and clear regarding energy policy, but colleagues respond politically and not "engineericly."

What we truly need is a respected engineering, university, or other group to issue a white paper of engineering logic to be disseminated into everyday news media to inform the laity, in lieu of a political agenda! Mother Nature took millions of years to "make" our energy source (oil), and it cannot be created by man by defying laws of thermodynamics. Let‘s nominate Gerald Ondrey to lead?

An aside: As a volunteer, serving County & Valley Air Quality District, there is a concern that has bugged me:

* Through combustion of fossil fuels, the "increase of CO 2 (plus other gases) is a fact"
* Certain gases [or pollutants] (ozone, CO 2, particulates, and so on) are monitored and recorded
* What about O 2 concentration in our air? So vital, yet not considered. Some "independent source" and I, have readings of 15 – 16% by vol., compared to "normal" of 21% O2, 79% N2

I would welcome sources of literature regarding O2 concentration in our air.

Jack M. Rademacher
Retired, Bakersfield, Calif.
Posted by Jack M. Rademacher on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 @ 12:43 PM

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