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Give Us Hybrids, or Give Us Death

  Re: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Do Good Dear Editor: I disagree with the action to dissuade Ford from making hybrid SUVs. I live in western Colorado and would very much like to own a hybrid car for environmental reasons; however, tiny two-door, lightweight cars that sit about six inches off the ground are useless during Rocky Mountain winters and in rural areas. Amy Hadden Marsh Glenwood Springs, Colo. Because SUVs are so popular, maybe a hybrid SUV would provide incentive for more people to buy an environmentally responsible vehicle.   Dear Editor: Although I currently reside in Texas, Colorado …

Parris in the Summertime

As a last hurrah, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening (D) says he will push for new restrictions on development along Maryland’s coastal bays. He says he will introduce a bill to preserve the wetlands and protect water quality in the next legislative session –which will be his final one in office — and he expects the fight over the restrictions to be one of his toughest yet. Driving the southern Maryland coast this weekend, Glendening pointed out a house under construction on what was once a wetland: “People look at that and say, isn’t that progress? It’s a million-dollar home. I …

Glow With the Flow

Artificial lakes containing 50 years of radioactive waste could leak into the rivers of the Ural Mountains within a few years, according to a letter sent by the governor of Russia’s Chelyabinsk region to Russia’s prime minister last month. The area near the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant is known as one of the most radioactive places on the planet. Chelyabinsk’s vice governor, Gennady Podtyosov, said on Friday that contaminated water might burst the lakes’ dam in three to four years, sending waste flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

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