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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 29

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 29

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Work together to fight climate change

I write to support the city of Schenectady joining the Capital District MEGA Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and urge Mayor Gary McCarthy to act boldly and decisively to be one of the first large municipalities to support this important initiative.
Let’s build upon the City Council’s recent passage of enabling legislation and join our neighbors from 10 other local, greater Capital Region communities to form an aggregate market that can promote an effective demand for clean, affordable energy.
We all know that working together we are more likely to realize the economic benefits of a partnership with the MEGA administrator, the organization that works with other CCAs and has a proven track record of securing volume discounts for members interested in promoting clean, non-fossil fuel generated energy.
But for me, the most critical element of this partnership effort is to make a regionwide, collective impact on reducing our use of fossil fuels, fuels that are responsible for global warming.
As a 30-year Schenectady resident and grandfather to two beautiful children, I am deeply concerned that we do whatever it takes to mitigate the worst aspects of climate change, to be effective stewards and ensure that all future generations can prosper on this planet. To me, it is our moral imperative to aggressively confront this challenge, and I invite all my fellow Schenectadians (and beyond) to join me.
Michael Tracy-Ireland
Schenectady


Urge vote against new trade proposal

The Aug. 8 edition of Politico’s Morning Trade cited a study by two faculty members of the University of Ottawa law school, in such they posed the question: How much of the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is also found in the 34 chapters of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)?
The Canadian researchers found that 57 percent of the stipulations in the TPP trade agreement are also contained in the 34 chapters of the proposed USMCA.
President Trump opposed the TPP during his 2016 campaign, and three days after taking office he pulled the United States out of the TPP. I wonder how the president can now support the USMCA, when just a short time ago he was opposed to 57 percent of its content.
Could it be because the U.S. trade negotiating team was led by Robert Lighthizer, a veteran member of the Council on Foreign Relations and that the unfavorable portions of the TPP agreement are hidden in the 1,800 pages of the proposed agreement.
Please email the president, your two senators and your congressional representative opposing passage of USMCA.
George Van Schaick
Schenectady

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