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Change your car to help the climate
Who’s responsible for global warming? You are. Would you give up your car? Of course not.
But what if I told you that driving your car is destroying our planet, placing the lives of every human, animal and plant in danger of extinction. Would you give up your car then? Of course you wouldn’t.
Your car is the most important thing in your life. How could you live without it? Today there are 1.42 billion cars and trucks on the road worldwide, and 98 percent of them are powered by gasoline or diesel.
They are operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They emit 2.5 million tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) every year. Carbon dioxide is causing global warming. An oil industry estimate predicts all of the world’s oil will be used up in about 48 years, and as the oil runs out, the price of a gallon of gas will skyrocket.
Nations will go to war to secure the last of the oil reserves. It’s time to go electric before it’s too late.
We have the technology to produce electric vehicles that have the same range, performance and luxury of anything on the road today. Let’s give oil companies tax incentives to change their gas stations over to electric recharge stations, and to car makers to change over to production of electric vehicles, and a tax deduction to anyone buying an electric car.
Would you exchange your gas-powered car for an electric one ? I would.
Henry Molt

Is focus on alcohol really best for area?
A few questions from a resident who does not equate “Renaissance” with “lots of craft breweries and a casino,” and lives in the Stockade, which is being hemmed in by breweries and their “events,” including a promised “24/7 October Fest” near Church and State streets.
1) By calling it an Ale Trail, is Discover Schenectady encouraging folks to drive from brewery to brewery on the same day or night to “achieve” their t-shirt right away?
2) Why doesn’t Discover Schenectady, DISC or The Gazette ever mention designated drivers in all the beer articles and promotions? And maybe remind millennials that designated drivers are not supposed to drink at all.
3) Is six craft breweries in Schenectady County an impressive number, given the 400 in New York state and the subsidies Schenectady’s firms are getting from Metroplex, etc.?
4) Are local police departments increasing DUI and DWI patrols and releasing statistics?
5) Do local planners and craft brew fans know that prices are likely to rise considerably, given the looming deadline for all craft brew hops to be grown in New York state and the shortage of acres under cultivation?
6) How many existing bars will close?
David Giacalone

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