It’s not all doom, gloom

LETTER

Re: Enough trash-talk . . . October 25.

Wrong, wrong, wrong Bob. You should get your information from factual programmes like the one I saw on Discovery TV. I repeat that in Sweden they have an enormous furnace, around 150 metres high, that burns waste products at tremendous temperatures — where all waste is completely burned to nothing at all, with no emissions. Testing of the air comes back totally clean.
You said: “These furnaces spew into the environment acid gases, carcinogenic dioxin, particles of heavy metals, and nitrogen oxide. In the ashes are more toxic poisons and heavy metals to be disposed of somehow. Also, such methods discourage recycling and waste reduction.”
You are rubbishing one of the greatest discoveries to combat climate change, one that has startled and excited environmentalists in Europe.
You should be excited too, rather than assume I am wrong.
In time, we should have such a plant here in Gisborne.
It’s not all gloom and doom, as Clive Bibby replies to your greenie letters. Everything in moderation, Bob. Our smart race of human beings, with clever scientists, is making progress. This is being accomplished by hard-working people, earning high wages, and companies with lots of capital to invest. My wise father once said “Money isn’t everything, but it helps.”

Alain Jorion
Friend of Greenpeace and been to Mururoa Atoll, Pitcairn island and beyond . . .

Re: Enough trash-talk . . . October 25.

Wrong, wrong, wrong Bob. You should get your information from factual programmes like the one I saw on Discovery TV. I repeat that in Sweden they have an enormous furnace, around 150 metres high, that burns waste products at tremendous temperatures — where all waste is completely burned to nothing at all, with no emissions. Testing of the air comes back totally clean.
You said: “These furnaces spew into the environment acid gases, carcinogenic dioxin, particles of heavy metals, and nitrogen oxide. In the ashes are more toxic poisons and heavy metals to be disposed of somehow. Also, such methods discourage recycling and waste reduction.”
You are rubbishing one of the greatest discoveries to combat climate change, one that has startled and excited environmentalists in Europe.
You should be excited too, rather than assume I am wrong.
In time, we should have such a plant here in Gisborne.
It’s not all gloom and doom, as Clive Bibby replies to your greenie letters. Everything in moderation, Bob. Our smart race of human beings, with clever scientists, is making progress. This is being accomplished by hard-working people, earning high wages, and companies with lots of capital to invest. My wise father once said “Money isn’t everything, but it helps.”

Alain Jorion
Friend of Greenpeace and been to Mururoa Atoll, Pitcairn island and beyond . . .

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Bob Hughes - 17 days ago
Not Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, at all Alain.
"Friend of Greenpeace" believes humans have a process can reverse that of the Big bang theory. "Waste burned to nothing at all with no emissions"? No Mr Jorian.
Science has it, materials of all kinds originated from the nothingness of the Big Bang. Does our writer reckon some of it can be transformed back into nothingness, by incineration at extreme temperature? I do not think so!
The truth is, no incinerator great or small can eliminate waste. Physical matter cannot be destroyed, only transformed.

I invite Mr Jorian to check http://zerowaste.co.nz/waste-to-energy-incineration/

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