Letter: Allow for rational review of project

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I attended the Jan. 5 meeting at the Clark County fairgrounds to testify on the oil terminal that would be built by Vancouver Energy. When I signed in, I found out my number was 169. So before I spoke, I heard 168 people and I learned a lot.

I heard that most illnesses are the result of our society’s use of oil. I don’t have the space to list them all but everyone who spoke against the project listed at least one. I heard that most catastrophes in modern history and all that will take place in the future are the result of our use of oil and fossil fuel. I felt like I was in the middle of a piranha feeding frenzy.

People testifying against the project all looked alike and talked at a rapid rate. They acted as if the world was about to come to an end if they did not educate all those of us who were not wearing red shirts. I mentioned in my testimony that it would be beneficial to read something beside alarmist writings, which would provide a more balanced view. The red shirts at this meeting and others that I have attended seem to want our society to go backwards — because they are afraid of the future?

Please read “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley and try to relax, friends.