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Letters to the Editor December 10

December 9, 2015

Got Climate Change? Fix FERC!

As the Paris climate talks take place and scientists, politicians, activists and the Pope call for solutions, there is one desperately needed fix that remains hidden under the radar. U.S. energy infrastructure decisions are still made under the direction of the 2005 Bush-Cheney Energy Policy Act, which exempts fossil fuel industries from complying with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, parts of the Clean Drinking Water Act and other environmental protections. It also gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the green light to approve rapid expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. FERC fails to determine climate change effects of projects it approves. FERC fails to consider renewable energy solutions such as rooftop solar. FERC overruns state and local regulations and uses powers of eminent domain, allowing industry to take private property and conservation land. Until FERC joins the effort to stop climate change, FERC will continue to sabotage it. Please go to and sign and share the “Fix FERC First” petition:

“We call on our federal legislators, the President, and the inspector general of the Department of Energy, to:

Conduct an investigation by independent researchers of FERC’s procedures. Based on investigation results, revise and update FERC’s policies to reflect the critical need to decrease fossil fuel reliance and rapidly expand renewable energy technologies. Enact a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure approvals by FERC until the investigation is complete and changes are implemented.”

Linda Reik
Youngsville, NY

Make yourselves heard on Common Core

Calling all Eldred parents, teachers and taxpayers! Don’t miss the December 17 meeting of the Eldred Board of Education. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation/discussion regarding Common Core standardized tests and related issues.

This is an important opportunity for our voices to be heard, even above the deafening noise of the corporate-sponsored, politically motivated “education reform” crusade.