Wednesday Letters: Road Rage, Nuclear Energy, Vote for Women’s Rights
Why road rage?
I am not a slow driver. I turn on yellow lights and send occasional texts. I’m not a perfect driver, just one who wonders, what is road rage on highway 82?
I’m not talking about being irritated by the car going 45 in the fast lane for miles. Yes, it’s boring. So you mumble “wtf” and go around. These people are seething, foam foaming from their bare teeth, positioned rigidly on their steering wheels, ready to shout obscenities at your family before rolling over and putting it down when the signal turns green. And why? Because I waited 10 more seconds to pull into traffic from a dangerous intersection?
Maybe it’s because I drive 70 in a 65 (it was a joke, but it’s not). It’s like 80 is the new 65, and anything less is reason to feel downright scared. It should also be noted that we all end up at the same traffic light despite this behavior.
Most of the time I keep it cool, concentrating not on Mr. Mouth Frother but on the ice that threatens to knock us against the wall of Snowmass Canyon. I can handle aggression better than my teen allowed, but I get worried when I’m not there to encourage him to ignore these drivers.
She and I need to know: What’s going on with road rage on 82?
Doubtful nuclear efficiency
Recently a few articles in this article were about a nuclear plant in Craig. Our County Commissioners endorsed this with a letter including a statement that “wind and solar…lack base load capacity and 24/7 reliability”. Yes, but around the world, and closer to home, 24/7 reliability is being created from variable wind and solar power without new baseload power plants.
“Standby” energy sources are needed to “boost” variable renewables. “Backup” is very different from “baseload”. Good standby power sources have the inherent ability to start, accelerate, modulate, decelerate, and stop quickly. Nuclear power plants are generally not suitable for this.
Perhaps the new “modular” nuclear power plants will modulate better, but they are expected to be very expensive, so they will have to run out to repay their construction and personnel costs. This “basic” operation does not fit well into a network dominated by inexpensive variable renewable energies.
Many options exist for storing renewable energy production and then using it for backup. In Delta, Utah, some salt domes are being dug to store a few weeks supply of hydrogen to be made using excess electricity from the nearby Wyoming wind and sun. When Los Angeles needs electricity, this hydrogen will power a slightly modified gas-fired power plant that will replace Delta’s coal-fired power plant. At first, the H2 will be mixed with fossil gas, but the proportion of CH4 will decrease over time. This backup generation is expensive, but it is only needed for a small part of the year. Most of the year, energy needs can be met with low-cost wind, solar, and mid-cost storage using water, iron, zinc, sodium, compressed or chilled gas, or other alternatives to lithium batteries.
And above all, the production of electricity from wind and solar photovoltaic does not require the evaporation of water for cooling. Nuclear power plants have traditionally evaporated more water than any other.
Write down women’s rights
By overturning Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court struck down women’s right to control their own bodies. We have already seen the true cruelty of this decision: a 10-year-old girl victim of rape refuses an abortion, a woman whose fetus has no chance of survival is forced to carry it because her doctor risks life imprisonment. for alleviating his suffering.
But we are not far from the possibility of reversing this tragedy. Congress can pass a law enshrining a woman’s right to choose. In fact, the House has already passed it, in the form of the Women’s Health Protection Act.
This law could pass by a simple majority if 50 senators vote to overturn the filibuster.
Currently, two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have refused. But if Democrats manage to retain a majority in the House and win two more Senate seats, the filibuster will be undone and a woman’s basic right to control her own body will be legalized again.
In Colorado, Senator Michael Bennet has consistently supported women’s right to choose while his opponent, Joe O’Dea, has pushed for restrictions.
Adam Frisch believes that the government has no place in decisions between a woman and her doctor. Her opponent, Lauren Boebert, passed more than a dozen bills restricting women’s right to access reproductive health.
It’s time to get angry and demand our rights.
Register and vote Nov. 8 for Sen. Michael Bennet and Adam Frisch for Rep.
Adele RiffeHesperus, Colo.