National Geographic : 2002 Nov
Forum July 2002 The nuclearwaste story prompted the most mail. Many readers thought we might have aided terroristsby reveal ing the location of waste storagesites. Everything in the article, including the map, was based on information availableto the public. Other readerssent disposal suggestions. Why not send it to the sun? Technologically and fiscally impracti cal, experts say. The MarianaTrench? A containment nightmare. Somalia As a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, I am glad to see NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC address the continuing problems there. My platoon was the first U.S. Army force on the ground almost ten years ago, and in that time there has been no notice able change. The warlords still control the country, the inno cent are still starving, and doz ens of human beings are being sacrificed in power struggles. It makes me wonder why we committed soldiers to go there and die if absolutely nothing has been accomplished. Maybe we should stay out of other countries' problems or, if we do become involved, be pre pared to go the extra mile to finish the job. SHANE A. SANDERS Spokane, Washington Author Andrew Cockburn men tioned that pirated videos of the film Black Hawk Down were being shown in Mogadishu. But MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800 -NGS-LINE (1-800 -647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag he failed to mention that scores of locals repeatedly cheered when U.S. troops were shown being killed or wounded on screen. Any place that still cel ebrates such violent behavior is destined to repeat it-soon. JOHN PLUNTZE Ketchum, Idaho Nuclear Waste Antinuclear activists misrep resent what options are available for future electricity supply. So lar and wind can never provide a reliable supply of electricity. The sun doesn't shine at night or on cloudy days, and wind generators don't produce when the wind doesn't blow. Alterna tive technologies can be very valuable when they do work, but the best sources to produce reli able electricity for our future are nuclear energy and coal. Of the two, nuclear is far more environ mentally benign, even with the need for spent fuel storage and eventual recycling. MIKE MCCORMACK FormerChair,House Subcommittee on Energy Research and Production Medford, Oregon Even if today's nuclear waste is not a threat after 10,000 years, the waste we create next year will remain a threat until 10,001 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * NOVEMBER 2002 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. 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