The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 14, 2014

True unreasonable radicals

I’m writing in response to Mr. Miller’s radical accusations regarding Rep. Marino’s voting record. I’m sure Mr. Marino tries very hard to make sure his “votes” will best serve all of his constituents, both present and future. Mr. Marino is very concerned about the causes of global warming, but he must also be realistic concerning today’s world.

Since Mr. Miller seems to be totally against the use of fossil fuels I would like to hear his ideas regarding how to replace fossil fuels. Solar energy seems to be an idea, but solar is far from being a viable alternative because of the prohibitive costs for installation and maintenance. I find that very few people could ever afford such costs. Just think of what would happen to this country if the environmentalists had their way. They would stop all use of fossil fuels immediately. That would mean almost all power plants would shut down. The people who heat their homes, or businesses with gas, or oil would go cold.

To force power companies to meet the present emission standards would require their operational costs to go up, which means we the consumers have large increases in our bills.

Mr. Miller, have you gone off the grid, and switched to solar power? If not, then why? Do you drive an all electric car? I would suspect that you feel the government should force everyone to go solar regardless of the consequences to the working class people so long as the government would provide exemptions to people like yourself. I think Mr. Marino is doing everything possible to keep common sense thinking with his votes. Until solar and wind energy costs become cost effective for the average family we would be smart to use fossils fuels a while longer.

Galen Seaman,

Mount Pleasant Mills

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