Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 24


first_imgGreen New Deal sets goals for climateThe Green New Deal charts a way for our future. Without it, or something like it, we have no goal to work towards. Maybe we can’t accomplish it all by a certain date. But if we don’t start soon, we have no chance at all. Officials who deny climate change are not being honest with you and they aren’t protecting your best interests.They are thinking about their donors, many from the fossil-fuel industry, who want us to continue burning coal, oil and gas until the planet has no chance at all. If people aren’t aware of what is coming, they can’t protect themselves, their families or their property. We need strong, intelligent leaders at all levels of government to inform and challenge us. Climate change is a very scary issue. I agree, I’d rather not think about it either.But I can’t ignore it because reality smacks me in the face when we talk to our family in Alaska, where the climate is warming twice as fast as predicted.Ask your children what they are learning about climate change in school and how they feel about their future. They will have to live with the choices we make now. Take some time to read Bill McKibben’s new book “Falter,” James Hansen’s book, “Storms of My Grandchildren,” and Fred Pearce’s, “With Speed and Violence.”Those are among hundreds of books about climate change that will knock your socks off about the reality of desertification, climate refugees, melting permafrost, rising seas, storms and fires.We should have done something sooner, but we’d better do something now. We need a Green New Deal.Florence CarnahanSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFocus commitment to the environmentWe must put a sharp focus on the need for government at all levels to incentivize good energy practices, regulate energy efficiency and discourage greenhouse gas emissions.New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers municipalities a broad variety of programs: • The Clean Energy Communities program provides no-match grants to help fund municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • Community Choice Aggregation allows municipalities to negotiate with clean energy suppliers for bulk purchase of low-cost renewable electricity for all customers in their jurisdiction (with opt-out provisions).• Other NYSERDA programs promote clean transportation, rooftop solar, community solar farms and more.Other efforts governments can promote: • Energy efficiency investments in buildings for heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, updated hot water heaters and kitchen appliances. Nearly 40 percent of United States’ energy demand comes from operating buildings. • Sustainable agriculture methods to sequester CO2 and reduce CO2 and methane emissions. • Healthful, Earth-friendly nutrition and dietary practices. Governments can pass legislation to commit to renewable energy goals, to stop initiating fossil fuel projects, to transition to zero emission transportation and heating and cooling of buildings, and to create new, equitable green sector employment opportunities. State legislators have proposed AB 3565, the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act to implement these policies.Let’s press our representatives for commitments like these in all of our communities.Amy Lauterbach PokornyBerne Ship immigrants   to New York CityAs a Texan who summers in New York, I think I have a solution to the illegal immigrant problem that is costing us so much in social services here in Texas.Let’s see, the cheapest bus ticket from El Paso to the port authority New York City costs $162. We are on pace to get 1 million illegal immigrants this year.So moving them from El Paso to New York City (a sanctuary city whose mayor says they want them) would only cost $162 million. That’s less than the $181 million we plan to give El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in 2019.Eureka, I have solved the problem and saved money.Cut all the money to those countries (ostensibly to improve living conditions there, which obviously hasn’t worked), ship the illegal immigrants to New York City and save United States taxpayers $19 million.William MalecFredericksburg, Texas The writer is a Galway summer resident.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img