Energy company could learn a lot from MFPD, letter writer says

To the editor:

This is written in response to the recent article written by Gloria Lloyd that was headlined “MFPD rescues chutist dangling off tower.”

The article raises an interesting paradox in the Mehlville Fire Protection District. Firefighters took great risks to rescue a BASE, or Building, Antenna, Span and Earth, jumper.

It cannot be overstated the level of skill and courage that is required to perform at that high of a level and have everyone go home without serious injury.

The paradox is we don’t see that same commitment and caring from our energy company, while it also serves our community.

The difference is profound in that our energy company won’t risk profits, and yet our firefighters risk it all. We experience heart attacks, premature death and asthma attacks due to fossil-fuel pollution.

There is an upcoming smog plan put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency that could significantly reduce these incidents in our communities by the thousands. Energy companies, including ours, across the country are lobbying to stop or weaken them.

The reality is that this is the 21st century and we don’t have to have anyone die or be harmed because of the need for energy.

Renewable energy doesn’t give off pollution and it keeps our energy rates low.

Our energy company could learn a lot from our fire department on how to conduct business and treat the community.

David Factor