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Green power will not be the end of global warming

Green power will not be the end of global warming

*Green power will not be the end of global warming *Gifted student has right to take Regents

Green power will not be the end of global warming

Reading letters to the editor on the subject of global warming gives me pause in voicing my opinion. For example: Professors from three different colleges stated with unfettered certainly that global warming is not to be disputed.

They followed John Kerry's statement, "The naysayers of global warming and the members of the 'Flat Earth Society' are wrong."

Add to that, Louis Restifo's June 6 letter stating that deniers fear cruises because they may fall off the edge of the Earth (more humor). Thank goodness, I'm not one of those deniers.

I believe global warming exists and fossil fuels are one of its causes. The problem I have lies in the solutions presented by the global-warming crowd.

By looking at the outcome, of one case study, it clearly shows how replacing fossil fuels with green energy can be foolish and costly. The following number compare a fossil-fuel turbine generator with a wind turbine generator.

It takes 448 wind turbine generators to supply 317,000 homes.(10 mega-watts of power). It takes one natural-gas turbine generator to supply 710,000 homes (22.4 mega-watts of power).

To state three problems with wind energy:

1). The late Sen. Ted Kennedy fought to not have wind turbines off the coast of Massachusetts because they are ugly and hurt property values.

2) The government in all its wisdom has outlawed the killing of eagles, but has looked the other way when dozens of bald- and golden eagles have been killed each year by wind turbines.

3) What happens when the wind stops blowing? You need a fossil-fuel generator as a backup.

It's unfortunate that coal, the largest polluter of all fossil fuels, happens to be the cheapest. Oil, natural gas and propane follow. Oil has the highest unit of energy of all fossil fuels, resulting in its high demand.

Present solutions to the global warming problem have their priorities out of order.

In place of cleaner environment, price and jobs, the order should be jobs, price and then cleaner environment.

With the profits obtained, from fracking and the Keystone pipeline, we can increase jobs, reduce our dependence of foreign oil, reduce our deficit, and then have the entrepreneurial engineers solve the problems of the environment.

As always, God bless America.

Vince Alescio

Clifton Park

Gifted student has right to take Regents

New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. has been quoted in the May 4 Gazette defending testing and observing the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. BOE [Board of Education].

He speaks of taking responsibility for every child and warns against lower standards. He wants all students to feel supported, inspired and challenged.

Despite these platitudes, June 2014 marks the fourth year that Commissioner King has allowed the Bethlehem Central School District to deny a gifted student the right to take a Regents exam, despite the student acing the same subject matter in college many years ago.

By simply ignoring an appeal, Mr. King, in effect, sides with Bethlehem in refusing this kid a seat in the exam room, year after year after year after year.

Recently elected Bethlehem school board candidates seemed confused at a "Meet the Candidates" night -- they're still not sure what gifted means; yet they feel qualified to sit on a school board? (The footage is on the Bethlehem School District website.) But Commissioner King knows what gifted is, and he must know ignorance drives this modern-day discrimination. Certainly he knows that Brown was supposed to be about equal access for all, and a gifted student has just as much right to a seat as the late Rosa Parks did on that bus decades ago.

Why then won't Mr. King take a stand once and for all against ignorance and discrimination in Bethlehem? How many more decades must pass before gifted students have a legal right to a challenging education in New York?

Patrick Ellis


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