Don’t enact costly fuel standards
George Miller (D-Calif.) invites us to a clean energy nirvana that he describes in his commentary of April 23. He touts the California fuel standards and biofuels to replace gasoline in our cars, rejecting claims that this would be more costly as a “myth.”
AAA reports that the current average cost of regular grade gasoline in California is $4 per gallon. The average for Tennessee is $2.60.
Whom are you going to believe: Representative Miller or “your lyin’ eyes”?
Americans will suffer from climate change
As a Forum letter on April 19 remarked on “Tennessee heating up,” several of the consequences of this trend were apparent that very day.
More than half of our state’s counties, and most of the counties in our region, were looking for federal funds under major disaster declaration because of storm and flooding damage in February and March. Emergency announcements from the National Weather Service indicated severe flash flooding risk in nearby communities in Western North Carolina that had seen four inches of rainfall and might expect yet more. Energy Central News reported the California governor proposing potentially expensive insurance premium raises and higher electric bills to repair the catastrophic wildfire damage there.
In Carter County, although “a lot of homes had water damage,” they won’t receive help from the federal government, the damage not being deemed high enough. In Hawkins Country earlier, 151 homeowners were reported to experience a “big shocker” when the government declared their homes’ flood damage did not qualify for assistance, either. And the California governor indicated payments to fire victims having to be slashed unless a wildfire fund tapping ratepayers, insurance companies and other stakeholders could be established.
Ever more ordinary Americans will suffer great cost to their household budget, and the children face an unenviable future, if our ongoing dereliction on climate change continues. This despite the fact, as the forum-letter writer and assurances by most economists predict, responsible action — such as the HR763 bill now in the U.S. House of Representatives — would benefit ordinary households through monthly dividends, and advance our economy.
When Congressman Roe visits with students in area classrooms, as part of their Bill of Rights he might offer them hope for a stable climate in the future through sponsoring this national legislation.
Stop illegal dumping
On April 18, I was returning from the grocery store, and when I turned on Buffalo Street from University Parkway, I came upon a gray pickup parked on the opposite side of the road partially blocking the lane.
There were three guys who appeared to be in their 20s who were wrestling a mattress from the truck bed, across the street, and onto a pile of several other mattresses and a couch. I turned around as quickly as I could and attempted to get a tag number, but they had left.
I would like for them to know that Johnson City offers several ways for its citizens to get rid of unwanted items. It is not necessary to pile them on someone else's property along the side of a city street. Five days later, the items are still there. I will call the city today and see if they can schedule a pickup.