Letters to the Editor for March 24
More hard work needed to win fight vs. climate change
As public concern about extreme weather events ramps up, New York is proving that we can win the fight against global warming.
Statements that Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made recently served as a clear sign that they understand the need for climate action.
Clean energy policies, such as the Zero Emission Vehicle program, are significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution — the leading cause of global warming — according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. The report showed that New York’s Clean Cars Program reduced carbon pollution by at least 162 million metric tons in 2012. That is comparable to the emissions from 34 million cars.
By using energy efficiently and generating more power from clean, renewable sources, we are delivering a one-two punch in the fight against global warming. But we’ve only just begun doing what it will take to protect our children and future generations from the worst impacts of climate change. We need firm limits on carbon pollution to deliver a knockout blow.
The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has proposed carbon limits on power plants that could build on our early success and give us a platform for an even bigger shift to clean energy. With enough willpower, New York can rise to any challenge. We’ve seen that climate solutions work — now it’s time for the next round.
More of our leaders should follow Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand by supporting the EPA’s plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants.
New York City
The writer is director of Environment N.Y.
Sure we’ll all be safer with Cuomo’s gun law
The SAFE Act deadline for registering firearms now classified as “assault weapons” is April 15. I used to own three of these guns but could not abide the idea of registration. I believe it is the first step toward confiscation and, eventually, the end of the Second Amendment as we know it.
Late one Friday, I got rid of them. I found some young men socializing on the corner of Hamilton and Hulett streets and asked them if they might like to own them. They were so excited they could scarcely contain their enthusiasm. I gave them the guns.
Of course, I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing so I warned these fellows that it was now illegal to load the 10-round magazines with more than seven bullets. They promised they would obey this reasonable and rational restriction. I also cautioned my new friends that they had to register the guns by April 15. “Not to worry,” they said, “we’ll take care of that first thing.”
I went home feeling better about King Andrew’s new law, knowing we will all be safer because he rammed this law down our throats.
Isn’t hoop team’s nickname a slur?
I had to look twice when I noticed the March 17 headline in large font showing Scotia’s state championship win over East High of Rochester, “Tartans slam door on Orientals.”
If they are actually the Orientals, it would have been kind of you to explain the derivative of their team name. I’m not a fan of political correctness, but I believe Oriental is as offensive to Asian-Americans as “Redskins” is to Native Americans.
Please let me know how in the world a high school in Rochester is the Orientals.