There has to be a middle ground on climate

I’m looking forward to a robust discussion of energy policy during the 2020 campaign for the White House and based on Associated Press reporter Matthew Daly’s recent article on The News & Advance website (“Ocasio-Cortez: No ‘middle ground’ on fighting climate change,” May 13), it seems like energy will be a key issue.

On one side, you have Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who is not actually running for president, but likely will appear with a lot of candidates) who say there is “no middle ground.” No coal, no natural gas, no nothing that isn’t a renewable. That’s compelling, but unrealistic approach.

On the other side, you have more moderate candidates who, as Daly reported, want to pursue a less radical approach. I hope our elected officials can find a middle ground that helps mitigate climate change without hurting the economy or dramatically increasing energy costs. And with increased natural gas production, there is.

Gas is cleaner than coal — it’s already helping the United States drive down emissions levels — and there are a lot of jobs to be had by investing in this resource.

This “middle ground” shouldn’t be derided. It’s what’s best for our economy, and our environment. I hope more candidates will start talking about practical solutions that bring us together, instead of staking out an extreme position and giving no ground.



Tough choices

According to the June 6 Associated Press article in The News & Advance on page C1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nearly $3 million in emergency funding to “provide basic care” to 13,200 immigrant children this summer; other services have already been cut due to lack of funds.

At the same time, President Trump’s three-day family vacation to the United Kingdom is estimated to have cost U.S. taxpayers at least $3.5 million just for transportation and hotels. And according to a 2019 Government Accountability Office report, Trump’s vacations to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers an average of $3.4 million each, and there have been many.


Providing basic care to thousands of children here in the U.S. or funding family vacations for a “billionaire”? Leadership certainly presents tough choices, doesn’t it?



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