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Re: “Letters to the Editor

To the person on the Tucson Earth Day Committee that replied to Mr. Kromko's posting, according your website SAEMS is a sponsor of this event. Not to diminish your and the committees hard work and the ideals Earth Day represents but Rosemont Copper Company and Raytheon Missile Systems are both members of SAEMS along with several other environmentally destructive corporations..

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Posted by DougB on 04/14/2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In response to Bob's comments on 4/9/15, I believe that if you look deeper than a corporations buzzwords and sustainability spins you'd realize that there's a lot more lip service being paid than actual commitment. If you look deeply into large corporations like TEP who is a Silver Sponsor for this years Earth Day Festival and who's new parent company, Fortis, you'll find horrible realities. Fortis, TEP's new Canadian Owner has a long track record as a leader in fracking, lying to public officials and environmental damage.
"In 2000, the Natural Resources Defense Council agreed to help the local opposition to Fortis' proposed Chalillo Dam — a seven-megawatt hydroelectric project on the Macal River in an ecologically sensitive part of the Belizean rainforest. I represented these groups as a senior NRDC attorney. During the litigation that followed, we learned that Fortis had routinely lied about its proposed dam's safety and its economic, environmental and geological impacts.
Fortis solemnly promised that the dam would not raise electric costs while concealing secret studies proving the opposite. In 2005, two years after the dam went live, Belize's electric rates climbed 25 percent. Belizeans paid twice as much for electricity as their neighbors in Mexico and Guatemala. In 2008, when Fortis moved to jack rates another 25 percent, Belize's newly elected government expropriated the company's assets.
Fortis digitally removed nearby fault lines from the geological map it provided to regulators to deceive them about dire earthquake hazards at the proposed dam site. Only after the dam won approval and construction began did this become public.
Fortis knowingly lied when it claimed its dam would not harm wildlife. The project destroyed Central America's last large habitats for endangered jaguars, tapirs and scarlet macaws.
Fortis hid its study showing hazardous levels of neurotoxic mercury in the Macal River, caused by another Fortis dam, until a year after its Chalillo Dam was complete. During that period, Belizeans continued to drink river water and swim, wash, bathe and fish — all activities perilous to their health.
These are only a few examples of Fortis' willingness to deceive the public and government regulators while profiteering from reckless activities."
Utility deal company has deceitful past By ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.,

The City of Tucson, which is also a sponsor of this event, sells our recyclable materials all over the place. We have in the past, not certain of present, sold our glass and bottles to Mexico and plastic to China for recycling. While it is smart to help defray the cost of these programs by selling these materials, what are our costs in terms of economics with transporting these materials and the fuels and pollution caused during the transit?

I believe these are the things that Mr. Kromko and Mr. Jordan are concerned with and I can state for the record that I do not have the answers nor do I think I am the smartest person in the room.

Just something to think about.

Posted by DougB on 04/14/2015 at 3:28 PM

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