Would anyone deny that polluting our air is harmful somewhere down the environmental chain? This pollution has to have some impact on greenhouse gases and the subprocesses that affect these gases, such as acid rain's influence on the forests worldwide. We do not know exactly how the atmosphere is dealing with our polluting emissions; but even if our direct impact on global warming is not as critical as we may fear, there are still many other significant environmental and health reasons for wanting to improve the situation.

We are shortsighted and selfish, and typically only correct problems after the consequences are on our doorstep. If we must speculate about the causes to prevent the problems, I would prefer to err on the preventive side, though I sincerely doubt we are close to understanding the harm we are doing or have already done. Balling, the Reason Foundation and others like them are doing a huge disservice for the integrity of current undereffective environmental efforts and the education of the public.

It is amazing that Arizona is a hotbed for such extreme-right environmental thinking. Could it be something in the air?

Derk R. Finstad

Reading the article on global warming, I was struck by the strong similarities between the techniques used by the apologists for the energy lobby and those of the tobacco companies. I would say they are now at a period similar to when the general public believed that cigarettes were, indeed, harmful to health, but smokers themselves were in denial, and health warnings were not yet mandated.

So the job for Robert Balling and others is just to muddy the water, which Balling does adequately. He doesn't want to say anything that later can be construed as inaccurate, and in doing so doesn't say much of anything.

The scary part is the difference of scale. By the time this argument has run its course, the huge amounts spent by the tobacco companies will seem minuscule to that which the industrialists will have spent to obfuscate and minimize their part in an environmental catastrophe of truly global proportions.

Similarly, the general public has a greater role to play, that is, the consumption equivalent of "Stop Smoking." We cannot totally blame the enablers and ignore our part in the debacle. To extend the analogy, we may not be courting a singular catastrophe, but a long, painful death by environmental cancer.

Robert Maffeo
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Q Card
The January 25 letter by James Wienberg of Phoenix was an example of exactly why a station like KUKQ can't compete in Phoenix. Too many people like Wienberg feel threatened by all that is not the "norm." Just because the Q was unique does not mean that it was "unlistened-to and self-righteous"! The world is full of diversity, and the "norm" is not Ted Nugent songs ten times a day.

Scott Nosenko (Letters, January 25) says he believes that only "slackers and sk8ers" listened to the Q. What about the female market, what about the 18-to-30-year-old market, what about all the college students, college graduates and gainfully employed people who listened to the Q? Are we now supposed to listen to KEDJ? Please, the next time I want to listen to some music that was "alternative" two years ago, I'll tune in to "The Edge."

Did KUPD ever do a survey to see who was listening to the Q? I doubt it, because if it had, I think the results would have surprised the management, and the Q would still be on the air. Until someone recognizes that there really is a market for unique music, art and film in Phoenix, we will have a tough time building a cultural scene rivaling those of other cities of the same size.

Nicole Yackell

Ted Nauseam
For two years now, my boyfriend has been telling me that it is a shame that Ted Nugent has such an arrogant attitude ("Bedtime for Gonzo," Bob Mack, January 25). Nugent is a decent guitar player, but his mouth always gets in the way. My boyfriend traded in his copy of the Ted Nugent CD immediately after Nugent's last visit to the Valley.

Reading this interview with Terrible Ted was equal to drinking a quart of Tomocat solution before a CAT scan while dealing with two extra-strength Ex-Lax pills taken the night before. Now I can truthfully say, "Honey, I know exactly what you meant during the past two years."

Belinda W. Dunbar

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