D.C. support for clean energy needed now and more letters to the editors

D.C. support for clean energy needed now and more letters to the editors

February 11th, 2019 in Opinion Letters

D.C. support for clean energy needed now

We need to encourage the use of cleaner, cheaper, renewable fuels. I appreciate the TFP publishing two editorials in January about the urgent need to do something to abate climate change.

The first pointed out that reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment should not be a partisan, political issue. We all have a vested interest in keeping our planet habitable. The second said that the hope for our future is to stop building any new fossil fuel infrastructure. It said we have the ability to do this; we just need the will.

I am writing to suggest an important step to take to make those things happen. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act (HR 763) is a bipartisan proposal. It will reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 40 percent in the first 12 years. It puts a fee on fossil fuel use, which creates incentives for companies to move to cleaner fuels. The fees collected will go directly to the American people, as a carbon dividend each month in our pockets. It will create more than 2 million new jobs.

We are running out of time to make these changes. I urge Rep. Fleischmann to support this bill. I ask all of you to ask your congressional representatives to do the same.

F. Kate Anthony, Ringgold, Ga.

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Vision for city, county future is a big stretch

Thursday's Page 1 article, "A new vision for city's future," is full of feel-good liberal dreams that are completely divorced from reality.

The disparity in racial income will never change, except for possibly worsening. The difference in income is due almost entirely to life choices made by the successful.

Choice one is a two-parent household. It's trite to list the outcomes from single-parent homes vs. two-parent homes.

The second big choice is education. The poor are generally poorly educated. The primary reason for that failure is wrong choice number one.

Housing appreciating in value is a good thing. A community becoming whiter is a good thing. You will have less crime, less gang activity, a safer community. Count the murders occurring on Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain vs. downtown. Gentrification occurs for the same reason.

Leadership is not a quality that can be bestowed unless we have a token system where undeserving people are promoted solely based on race. It then becomes a title, not a characteristic.

Jesus said, "The poor will always be with us." You think you are smarter than Jesus. Solve the problem, with my blessing.

Jim Howard

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Ocasio-Cortez not person Hart paints

Ron Hart's recent op-ed piece attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and climate change illustrates why such pieces are best avoided. Rather than seriously addressing the issue, he spends much of the article engaging in an offensive attack on the congresswoman.

He mischaracterizes her as having a dubious liberal arts degree from a party school. In fact, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and international relations. Boston University is a selective school that boasts several Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Rhodes scholars among its alumni and faculty.

Mr. Hart also berates the congresswoman for having student debt, which is a common enough occurrence in today's world. He also links her to ideologies and world leaders she would, no doubt, repudiate.

Curiously, Mr. Hart himself does not refer to contemporary science in his counter argument but to history, which makes one wonder about his own credentials.

Surely the public needs more than character assassination and appeals to the past in understanding an important issue facing us now and in the future.

Dr. Rick Mathis, Soddy-Daisy

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