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We are doing just fine making America great again. On the radio this morning was talk of a meeting of our former trade partners in the Pacific. Seems like things had not been going well in the meeting when a helping hand appeared. There was a vacuum created when Trump pulled us out of the agreements. Who should step in to help but the Chinese. This situation is another example of action before engaging brain. Now to top this, Trump pulls us out of Syria. That move leaves our Kurdish allies in a serious bind. Another vacuum forms. Who should fill the void? Russia. Both China and Russia have territorial ambitions. We leave, and those powers move in.

Trump's decisions show no forethought. In the year before elections, will Trump, the cosmic turkey, get us into a generation-long war in some godforsaken place? In the new war, there will be no bone spur deferments for the base. Those folks will learn about a rich man's war and poor man's fight.

If Trump wants to clean up the swamp in Washington, he might start with relatives and in-laws in pork barrel jobs. Looks like the stooges won out.

Bill Reed

 

Using natural gas would buy us time

Professor Christopher Knittel ("Five Reasons Climate Change Is So Vexing," Chattanooga Times page, Oct. 30) adroitly summarizes the difficulties in changing energy sources to slow climate change. But he underemphasizes the importance of carbon combustion to mankind. Carbon fuels — oil, coal, natural gas, and wood — are easily stored, delivered and used to improve material well-being worldwide. Replacing them would be complicated.

Today, 84% of the world's energy comes from carbon (33% oil, 28% coal and 23% natural gas) and 16% from mostly nuclear, but also hydro, wind, solar, and bio-fuels. It has taken about 150 years to energize most of the world. To immediately stop carbon combustion and jump directly to nuclear, wind and solar is a perilous leap for 7.6 billion people. An imperfect landing endangers our world economy and food supply.

An alternative is low-risk, reliable natural gas. At equal energy output, natural gas produces 74% of the CO2 of oil and 54% of the CO2 of coal. Switching to natural gas would slow global warming by reducing carbon emissions 23% and atmospheric accumulation by 50%. This switch worldwide would buy time to create and construct economical, low-carbon energy sources.

Robert Phillips

Signal Mountain

 

Secularists not problem in U.S.

How pathetic of columnist Walter Williams to quote Attorney General William Barr's comments during a speech to the University of Notre Dame Law School that blamed the lack of U.S. morals on "secularists and their allies" when it's the obvious result of the current president of the United States, who has led the GOP into the morass of lies and corruption that now is consuming us.

It will take a lot of work on the part of good, decent people, to elect the right person to lead us out of this mess. I challenge all the people of this country, both religious and non, to stand up for what is right and vote. Vote the politicians out that have supported such shenanigans as have gone on in this current White House by this current administration. Let's show all the Walter Williamses and Bill Barrs of this country that we are against criminals that misuse their office and our country.

Sue Carol Elvin

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