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And now with the COVID-19 pandemic, tons of PPE (goggles, face shields, plastic gloves, and plastic protective gowns) are discarded on a daily basis worldwide. Plastic grocery bags takes around 20 years to decompose, and they can be recycled; the highly polymeric PPEs take centuries to decompose and they cannot be recycled, due to contamination. Can some environmental experts and climate change experts come up with a solution for the pandemic plastic pollution crisis?
Once more, PPE are produced from fossil fuel products; as climate change activists want to ban fossil fuel, ban oil drilling and fracking, where and how we can get the source to produce the PPE?
Ling Wong, Edmonton
UCP deficit is no surprise
The UCP is announcing a deficit of over $24 billion for the current year. Surprise, surprise! After giving $7.5 billion to the Keystone XL pipeline, dropping the corporate tax rate by a half and gifting their friends with several billions of profit on the liquor business we should expect what?
Emil Bizon, Edmonton
What becomes of old windmills, solar panels?
Re. “What will be legacy of nuclear power?” Letters, Aug. 15
Seems this reader is concerned about orphaned gas and oil wells and future nuclear power station dismantling.
Would you kindly ask her on my behalf, what steps she has taken to ensure that the giant windmills and extensive solar farms will be removed at the end of their economic life.
Please understand, I am conceptually in favour of requiring responsible dismantling and cleanup of all industrial and constructive endeavours — including for example residential highrises, stadiums, and bridges. A reasonable levy (I think it is called a sinking fund) over the conservatively estimated useful life would solve the problem for structures like our former hockey emporium.
Tim McGee, Edmonton
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