The 21st century brings perplexing concerns for human survival. Citizens must help those in power to make decisions concerning the economy vs. the environment.
Fossil fuels provide 90 percent of the world's total energy. Fossil fuels are non-renewable. The supply is depleting. What then, will be the alternative to supply energy for human needs?
Scientists suggest solar, wind, hydropower and geo-thermal sources for energy. Have these truly been researched for human safety? Is natural gas cleaner than coal?
Electricity is made from burning coal but years of overuse have caused our streams and reservoirs to be contaminated. We want and need industry but we can't afford health care for our children, employees and other community members. The mining of coal has caused the destruction of forests, mountains, and has scraped the earth barren. Smog, asthma, the killing of fish and water pollution are but a few of the results.
These are a few of the issues to be discussed at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters. Jennifer Tuttle of the Sierra Club will address these provocative issues at the noon luncheon at Katerina's restaurant on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk. The public is urged to attend either the lunch or the presentation. Reservations must be made for lunch by Sept. 1 by mailing $15 to Inez Krohn at 136 Mill Road, Brocton NY 14716 or calling 792-9727 for luncheon choices. Make checks payable to "LWV Chaut. Co."
Come, bring a friend and be an informed citizen. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The league is a political, nonpartisan organization to educate and inform the voting public. Both men and women are encouraged to join. There are several committees to choose from and work on. Call 672-6596 to have a membership packet sent to you.