In the recent letter “Where are the lithium-ion battery protesters?” (Recorder, October 13) the author continues to have a roundabout way of interviewing people who worry about climate change. In his final letter, the writer wonders why there are no protests against a battery storage facility in Amherst due to possible explosions.
Between 1879 and 1891, there were more than 2,100 steam boiler explosions, a new technology that provided central heating in buildings. Many killed several people. All new technologies come with risks and challenges. Our response to the steam boiler problem has been to innovate solutions to prevent explosions. The Hartford Insurance Company was behind the development of the Hartford Loop, a piping arrangement that greatly reduced steam boiler explosions and is still in use today.
Today, battery storage is a very important technology for the development of more environmentally friendly energy systems. I hope people smarter than me will work to make this technology safer.
The author seems to not believe the climate is getting warmer and has a roundabout way of criticizing people who believe the planet is getting warmer. Instead of dancing around the subject, it would be great if he provided any evidence he has that supports the idea that the climate isn’t getting warmer. I am ready to listen.