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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Listener Letters

Air Date: Week of March 1, 2002

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This week, we dip into the Living on Earth mailbag to hear what listeners have to say.

Transcript

CURWOOD: It's Living on Earth. I'm Steve Curwood. And coming up, Operation Nest Egg, New Zealand's ambitious program to save its national bird, the kiwi. But first--

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CURWOOD: Time for your comments. Some listeners felt our recent interview with the Department of Energy's David Garman about the Freedom Car Initiative, or hydrogen vehicles, left some important questions unasked. Scott Reuman hears us on KUNC in Greeley, Colorado and wrote, "I haven't heard you, or anyone, ask what the source is for hydrogen in the proposed fuel cells for auto use. It is my understanding that current designs call for fracturing crude oil, a hydrocarbon, to extract the hydrogen. If that, indeed, is still the case, then the fuel cells themselves may be a clean technology, but the affect of deriving hydrogen from oil will actually make the pollution and CO2 worse than the current internal combustion engines."

Lots of you enjoyed our report on artist, Janet Cardiff, and found themselves transported by her "audio walks." WUWM listener Patty Zager, from Milwaukee, wrote in with her appreciation for the piece. "The excerpt was positively enchanting," she said. "Thank you so much for the afternoon escape."

And Georgia Public Radio listener Sydney Bacchus let us know she appreciated our story about extreme nature photography. She writes that she was glad to hear that other people shared her concern over professional nature photographers who portray only the full bosom centerfold nature shots. "Here, in the southeastern United States," she writes, "I have been pleading with professional nature photographers to use their skills also for portraying the atrocities. How else can we get the message to the people?"

You can get a message to us by calling our listener line anytime at (800) 218-9988. That's (800) 218-9988. Or, write to 8 Story Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138. Our email address is letters@loe.org. Once again, letters@loe.org. And visit our web page at www.loe.org. That's www.loe.org. Tape, CDs and transcripts are $15.00.

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