No sympathy, or bailout, for Florida
Hurricane Ian’s destruction of the state of Florida aroused no sympathy in me.
I watched people who consistently elect climate change deniers run from alligators swimming in the streets, and I delighted in sweet Schadenfreude. New Yorkers remember Ron DeSantis’s vote against a bailout after Hurricane Sandy, and now DeSantis yet again proves that Tea Party Republicans are so profoundly hypocritical because they cannot practice what they preach.
I say no bailout for Floridians who should take personal responsibility for choosing to live in hurricane alley and acting surprised when their houses disappear.
Kick start action on climate change
Littering is awful, isn’t it?
Schenectady lawmakers are right in being concerned and taking action, as reported (“City lawmakers seek to address littering” ) in the Sept. 27 Gazette.
Littering with solid trash or dumping liquid waste into public areas are no-nos.
Yet, when tailpipes in our cars and SUVs belch fumes or the chimneys on our roofs dispose of flue gases from oil or gas boilers, we are littering our air.
We have ignored this free gaseous waste disposal, a seemingly consequence-free littering, far too long, and now the consequences are upon us.
Look no further than Florida’s west coast, slammed by the historic hurricane Ian.
Just days ago, Puerto Rico and Canada were hit by the once-in-a-100-year Hurricane Fiona, barely five years after Puerto Rico was devastated by the once-in-300-years Hurricane Maria in 2017.
And, of course, hurricanes are not the only consequence of unchecked littering of our atmosphere with the byproducts of burning fossil fuels. Historic fires, droughts, and floods are growing in numbers and intensity all around the globe.
A quick transition to electric vehicles on streets and electric heat pumps in homes will go a long way in curbing the littering of our air.
Gov. Hochul’s Climate Action Council can kick start this process with a strong scoping plan.
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