Our politicians underestimate the desire of the general populace to reduce pollution ("We Aren't That Desperate," editorial, May 25). It is not simply a matter of doing the right thing for our children, elderly and future generations. The toxics in our environment are a major cause of cancer and respiratory disease, a fact well-documented but as yet not acknowledged by our government.
Rather than activate highly inefficient diesel generators (sure to put money in someone's pocket at the expense of public health), why not offer monetary incentives to consumers who agree to self-regulate their energy consumption? I have become cynical enough to assume that government will choose options that further political aims rather than demonstrate creative problem-solving and genuine concern for the constituency.