Letters 9 – 23 – 2011

All energy production processes have bi-products – Vermont has the least 

I’d like to applaud our state.

Vermont is ranked the top state with the cleanest air. But how is that possible considering that we supposedly have a “pollution-creating” nuclear power plant? That’s simple.

Of all of the electricity produced in Vermont, about 52% is nuclear, 25% is hydropower, 9% is oil and 7% is wood, and another 6% comes from other sources. Of all the states in the United States, Vermont is ranked #1 for the lowest per capita carbon dioxide emissions and the lowest overall carbon footprint. That’s something to be proud of – it’s not something to try to undermine or diminish!

The top pollution causing industries in the world are chemical, fertilizer, pharmaceutical, and pesticide manufacturers. Companies which manufacture and process metals, cement, paper, mining, oil refining, as well as industries which rely on fossil fuel, including coal fired power plants, airlines, and the automobile industry are also high on that list.

The construction and waste management industries generate a number of pollutants as well. These pollutants range from particulates at construction sites to biohazards released into the air and water at waste management facilities.

“Factory Farming” has also been fingered as an industry which is known to pollute due to the large volumes of waste which is created.

How nice it is that Vermonters are not subjected to most of these industries? I’d have to say we’re pretty darn lucky to live in a state that can boast to be one with the cleanest air. Whatever we’re doing is working well – I don’t think I’d want to change that.

Trista Kerber



“Opensource” should not be a problem with new testing system

“Opensource” probably means that the operating system (such as LINUX) and possibly the programs are not proprietary. However, this has no bearing on the security of data files containing the questions and answers.

It is conceivable that if one could find the source code of the programs one could learn how to “game” the test and possibly write practice and tutoring software, but I don’t think that’s a big concern.

– Robert McDowell (via the Blog)



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