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Re: [greenyes] Re: Changing World Technologies


At 05:42 PM 3/11/2004 -0500, JRay3@no.address wrote:
Alan and others,

I was trying to point out how mindfully.org was confusing the issue by
equating depolymerization with incineration. I know the differences very well.
Several organizations have in my view been confusing the issue by making
sweeping generalities about waste combustion in any form, such as
www.mindfully.org and GAIA at www.no-burn.org
Combustion will provide the great majority of our power for the forseeable
future, so we should advocate for the least harmful methods of combustion
available.

I don't have a lot of energy for debating this, but I looked around the mindfully.org site for a few minutes. That site has articles on both sides of the issue, including one in which a gullible reporter calls garbage incinerators "transformation stations." (http://www.mindfully.org/Air/2003/Incinerator-Waste-to-Energy5may03.htm).

As I, Bob Krasowski and others keep pointing out, the incinerator people are always coming up with new terminology for the same nasty old stuff.

Also note that the EPA has apparently given ten million $ in grants for the CWT turkey whatever-it-is and other such projects.

Green Delaware has never taken the position that there should never be any burner of any kind anywhere on earth. And we try to be reasonably open-minded. But garbage burner proposals never stand up to scrutiny. If one has a very uniform, well-characterized waste stream it might be possible to burn it very carefully. But in that case there are always better things to do with it. The question here seems to be whether CWT is really offering a "better thing" or whether they are just offering some sort of combustion system.

We certainly disagree with this:

"Combustion will provide the great majority of our power for the forseeable
future, so we should advocate for the least harmful methods of combustion
available."

This is a bit like saying that since the death penalty is here to stay, we should all advocate for the most humane methods of execution.

Alan Muller

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