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People wear smog-protecting masks in Shanghai, China, on Dec. 9.

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People wear smog-protecting masks in Shanghai, China, on Dec. 9.

In his Dec. 11 column, A sensible alternative to new dams, 2013, Graham Lane advocates building a 850-megawatt, gas-fired generation plant in Brandon in preference to expanding hydro. He does not mention the increased greenhouse gas burden, hydrogen-ulphide emissions and potential environmental damage from the fracking operations used to extract the sour gas for such a plant.

An Oct. 21 article by Ray Grigg, Outlook is a grim doomsday, describes the predicted increase in the use of fossil fuels worldwide over the next 30 years, which is likely to cause runaway climate change. We should not be part of the problem.

The impending crisis has not penetrated our collective conscience. It is imperative for the future generations that fossil fuel power plants be wound down, not increased, and replaced with carbon-free alternatives.

DENNIS LENEVEU

Selkirk

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 16, 2013 A8

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