LETTER: Could big oil be to blame for tornadoes?

Jun. 01, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

Our hearts go out to the people of Oklahoma. It’s hard to imagine living each day in fear of another tornado. The area where the last one struck is called Tornado Alley because there have been several bad ones there over the last few years.

If you live in this alley, you can do one of two things — move somewhere else or rebuild the houses, stores and schools with safe rooms to protect your life. The end result if you rebuild in the same place is that you will have to do it all over again in a matter of time.

Maybe one other solution might work. Tell the big oil companies to stop burning the natural gas at the well head. This heats up the atmosphere above the cities and towns to a level that causes thunderstorms, which spawns tornadoes. I recently saw a NASA satellite heat imaging film of hot spots in the U.S. Oklahoma was a bright orange above the land mass, which indicated that there was a lot of hot air going up from the oil wells.

I can’t understand why the state of Oklahoma and the EPA would allow this. Maybe it’s big oil, big money and the power of the lobbyist in Washington.

We should continue to pray for those who lost loved ones there and for all who must rebuild their lives.

Sad thing is that this will be repeated again soon — but maybe in another area.

Bob Holder

Swann Station