Rethink growth in S. Florida

 

Liliam M. Lopez’s July 25 letter, Creating job opportunities in South Florida, refers to “sustainable long-term growth” of our “ever-growing region.” Such thinking has led to the Earth’s overpopulation, with pollution of natural environments. One example is climate change caused by greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels. Growth cannot continue forever — our planet has finite space and resources. We need to rein in the populations, recycle materials and live within natural systems.

South Florida is shrinking, not expanding, because of sea-level rise. More nuclear reactors invite a radioactive disaster. Money for reactors and grid pylons would be better invested in manufacturing and installing solar panels on buildings, which would provide jobs and mitigate global warming. The construction industry should focus on building smaller, more energy-efficient and hurricane-proof houses.

Barrie F. Taylor, Miami

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