standing Letters

Some people have a hard time connecting the dots. Rosemary Therriault presents an example with her Feb. 10 letter to the editor that solar farms aren’t worth the toll they take on trees. She quotes the American Lung Association statistics that 87 percent of Rhode Islanders are breathing unhealthy air, and adds that solar panels don’t give off oxygen, which we need to breath. She is correct on both but totally wrong in identifying the culprit.

It is not a lack of oxygen as identified by Ms. Therriault that is causing unhealthy air. It is ozone and particle pollution driven by emissions from power plants and extreme heat as a result of climate change that the American Lung Association says is responsible for the unhealthy air in Rhode Island. Read more at https://www.lung.org/local-content/_content-items/about-us/media/press-releases/rhode-island-receives-failing.html. You might also look up their position that “The American Lung Association supports policies and incentives that will encourage the development of clean, renewable energy resources that are not combustion-based, including, but not limited to wind, solar and geothermal.”

One might also note ALA’s website reference to environmental justice. It is communities of color and lower income in Rhode Island, not residents of East Greenwich or Hopkinton, who suffer most from environmental injustice at the hands of those who can’t connect the dots.

Hopkinton can do its part for air quality by insisting only the best wind and solar projects are permitted and turning away the others.

Harvey Buford

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r.terrio

Effects of deforestation

Soil erosion destruction. Soils (and the nutrients in them) are exposed to the sun's heat. ...

Water Cycle. When forests are destroyed, the atmosphere, water bodies, and the water table are all affected. ...

Loss of Biodiversity. ...

Climate Change.

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r.terrio

Effects of deforestation

Soil erosion destruction. Soils (and the nutrients in them) are exposed to the sun's heat. ...

Water Cycle. When forests are destroyed, the atmosphere, water bodies, and the water table are all affected. ...

Loss of Biodiversity. ...

Climate Change.

r.terrio

Connect the dots. Connect this. People are very upset about the acres of trees being taken down. We need trees. Their beauty , the peacefulness of the forest, home to birds and animals, and yes, oxygen. When will it stop. Solar farms were to be built on landfills, vacant lots, grave pits. It is a shame what is happening. People in the town are standing up to stop it. Hopefully they will succeed.

M Hill

Try as I may, I can't connect the dots between a conservation board member and his position to eradicate acres of forest.

A study by The Nature Conservancy reported an average reduction of particulate matter pollution near a single tree between 7% and 24% and a cooling effect up to 2 degrees C (3.6F).

https://thought-leadership-production.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/10/28/17/17/50/0615788b-8eaf-4b4f-a02a-8819c68278ef/20160825_PHA_Report_FINAL.pdf

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