- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2008

The article “Creative trash talk aims at slowing landfill piles” (Page 1, Wednesday) states, “Unwieldly garbage is piling up around the planet…” Oh, really? Let’s see, the Environmental Protection Agency says 251 million tons of trash was produced in 2006, just in the United States. OK, assuming this stuff is about one-third as dense as water, what size landfill do I need if it is 20 feet deep? I get something like 43 square miles out of a U.S. area of about 3.5 million square miles, or about .0012 percent.

People are really getting sensitive about this stuff, though. In fact, just check out the energy situation.

Neither presidential candidate sanctions drilling in an area the size of Washington Dulles International Airport in that pristine Alaskan reserve known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In fact, the energy-exploration situation has gotten so out of hand that we must pay the rest of the world $400 billion per year to export our oil-exploration and recovery risk.

Those Saudi Arabian deserts are not as pristine as that Dulles-size plot up in Alaska.



Hugo Chavez, from whom we buy a substantial amount of oil, has trashed so much of the Venezuelan environment he will not even let journalists fly over certain sections of the country for fear they will take pictures to document the oil spills.

So, when that college student, summer-intern type, from the Environmental Defense Fund knocks on your door and asks for your support to save the planet, remember that you are just trashing it everywhere else.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston

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