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Forum, Oct. 9: We must make the switch to clean, green energy

Published: 10/8/2021 10:00:03 PM
Modified: 10/8/2021 10:00:11 PM
We must make the switch to clean, green energy

This summer, New Hampshire charted record-breaking temperatures. As the impacts of climate change have become more and more evident, I’ve struggled to accept that the temperate New Hampshire summers of my childhood have become a thing of the past. But it’s true. New Hampshire’s average annual temperature has increased 3 degrees since the turn of the 20th century.

While it may be too late to reverse the effects of climate change, there is still time to stop its progression. In order to do this, we need to make the switch to green energy. As it stands, our state relies too heavily on fossil fuels, but the writing is on the wall. We must update our energy grid. We cannot continue to rely on unsustainable sources. The environment simply can’t take it.

To improve our state’s green energy infrastructure, we must do everything in our power to promote and protect green energy projects.

President Joe Biden has set ambitious goals to combat climate change. By 2035, he aims for 100% of electricity to be carbon pollution-free, and by 2050, he plans for the United States to be a net-zero country.

It’s clear that our nation’s leadership understands the importance of combating climate change. But we need to do our part as well. To help fight the climate crisis, New Hampshire must go clean and go green.



We must ensure the country has reliable energy supplies

Governments at all levels have taken many actions to support and encourage renewable energies, energy saving and protection of the environment. Our present situation proves that much, much more needs to be done. Fortunately there is passion to get it done.

I have only heard end dates for the goals. There is no discussion of a detailed schedule that includes when we retire energy sources being replaced. John Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, recently said in a radio interview about a gas pipeline (I only caught this snippet) that we need present resources to keep us going while we make the transition. There is great passion for shutting down some present resources, and blocking building any more.

Compare what is going on between advocates for building renewables and advocates for removing unwanted supplies to a hypothetical school district that has its own fossil fuel buses and is going to replace them with electric ones. The district has gotten delivery of some new buses and is disposing of the old ones. Suppose it got rid of some old buses without enough of the new ones to serve all the riders. It would wind up having old and new buses running double routes, and perhaps would require car pools. Class schedules would have to be changed to meet student needs. In a word, chaos.

Yes, if the district kept its old buses while transitioning to the new ones it would be paying double for its buses for a while. But consider that the short-term price of the transition, while maintaining reliability of service.

We need to ensure reliable energy supplies for the country. It appears we are heading for chaos in our energy systems.



A big difference in how the addicted are cared for

While Vermont has COVID-19 under control, it, along with the rest of the country, seems at a loss when dealing with addiction.

In the U.S., more than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a death rate almost four times higher than in 17 other wealthy nations.

Aside from the obvious advantage that many other countries have — universal health care — one has to wonder when our news media and our government will take a closer look into how they are treating and caring for those addicted and why there’s such a significant disparity.



Responsibility for outcomes often left to the woman

I am sure that there will be responses to Vicki Ward’s recent Forum letter (“ ‘Valley News’ failed women,” Oct. 6). I think that she has posted my opinion — more graphically, certainly, than I would — but essentially the same.

I am 77 years old. I have observed that the outcome of sexual relations (potentially a fetus) is usually left to be the responsibility of the woman.

It’s a brief, passing “urge” for the man. The results/fault, if unprotected, are usually left to the woman.



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