Printed letters, Feb. 4, 2011
Do two wrongs make something right? How about adding a wrong to an existing wrong — does that make it right? “No,” is the answer to either question and yet this is what Adele Israel advocates in her “Sustainability” column.
Adele responds to criticism that renewable energy cannot survive without subsidies by insisting that, since fossil fuels are subsidized, it’s only fair that renewable energy be subsidized. This is akin to saying in the 18th century that, since slavery exists in Europe and Africa, it should exist in North America. In either case the addition of a wrong does not make it right, although certainly, slavery was a far greater wrong.
A better way to level the playing field between fossil-fuel industries and renewable energy industries is to call for an end to all subsidies. Then watch the renewable energy industries flounder.
The truth is, renewable energy cannot compete on a level playing field with fossil-fuel energy. That’s why no one supporting renewables is calling for an elimination of all subsidies. It is far easier for proponents of renewables to confuse the issue with calls for someone else’s money to fund something the general public knows to be folly.
The best decisions regarding the viability of fossil fuels or renewable energy will be made by a marketplace devoid of subsidies. Let’s try it.
RICK L. COLEMAN
NY mayor’s gun buys may violate federal law
I believe that, in his great attempt to overturn the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has broken the law.
By sending people to Arizona and other states to buy firearms for him at gun shows to prove that no background checks are needed, he is conducting “straw purchases of firearms” which is a federal firearms violation. He should be prosecuted as any other citizen of the United States for making a straw purchase, regardless of the reason.
I personally watched these videos and they are highly doctored. They show tables of firearms and accessories that are available at any gun show, then they switch to some outside area in the dark with some character peddling a gun without a background check. Could be real or could be staged.
I would like to believe that Michael Bloomberg would be treated like you or me for violating the law. But then, being in a high political office, maybe he is above the law.
NEAL A. WARD
Bradford led effort to kill energy bill
Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the Republicans on the Local Government Committee Jan. 31 spoke very loudly.
All during the campaigns in November, we heard promises that the Republicans were the party of small businesses and that their focus in the Legislature would be economic stimulus and jobs. So it was with ultimate dismay that I watched a straight party-line vote defeat H.B. 1047.
This bill would have created a mechanism to allow small businesses and non-profits to access credit for energy efficiency and related upgrades..
This would help municipalities by increasing their tax basis for the property. It would help small businesses by allowing them to make upgrades to their old equipment and save money on energy costs and it was another way to get jobs into small communities where businesses don’t always have the access to capital to make improvements.
Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, who chairs the committee, made the entire committee wait almost 30 minutes for Rep. Contie so she could be sure she had enough votes to defeat the bill.
If you care about small businesses access to capital and creating jobs, call Rep. Bradford and ask her why she voted against HB 1047.