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LETTER: When it comes to data centers, listen to the Lorax

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LETTER: A letterbox with the inscription Letter to the editor

I am a member of the National Parks Conservation Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as a Virginian who is aware that our state, country, and world is rapidly destroying the last remaining places that allow nature the space to be nature; to provide us the life-sustaining services nature provides, and where we can go for physical and spiritual renewal. 

A data center can be situated in many places. Existing nature -- adjacent to a National Park, that is visited by hundreds of thousands and generates millions in local revenue -- cannot be purchased back at any price once turned into a giant sterile energy cube. 

Quantico Creek, perhaps the cleanest remaining Chesapeake tributary, cannot realistically be “undamaged” once impacted by construction and operation of such incompatible and harmful activities.

Developers will not stop trying to make windfall profits by convincing short-sighted politicians to make zoning changes favoring them over the majority of locals and visitors who come because earlier, far-sighted individuals with principles and courage set these lands aside. 

When the natural lands and lesser impacted waters are gone, no amount of mourning will bring them back. As the Lorax said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It’s not”. 

Care. Let your voices on this be heard.

Bill Hafker

Oakton, Va.

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Kim Hosen

National parks belong to everyone, not just PWC residents. We are lucky to have them and have an obligation to be good stewards. Our national parks, natural resources, and Quantico Creek are an essential part of the PWC brand.


The Lorax left an indelible impression on me that has impacted my life.

Thank you for writing such an eloquent letter. I pray the Democrats on the Board hear you. And just to be clear, I am a Democrat but I’ve never felt so disenfranchised from my own party over fighting to protect the environment.


"And just to be clear, I am a Democrat but I’ve never felt so disenfranchised from my own party over fighting to protect the environment."

Good, but realize the disenfranchisement will probably become a trend. Its easy to place a letter next to your name and think the people owe you their vote. They've been doing it for quite some time. Imagine if their salaries weren't funded, then what....

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