2009-07-11 / Editorials & Letters

Writer is appalled at the editor's 'ravings' last week

Editor:

I am appalled at the Buckeye Lake Beacon's ravings in their July 4th addition. The full page column titled "Space votes to Kill Ohio's Economy" is filled with misleading statements, unfounded personal attacks, and just plain garbage.

The author of the column was not printed, so I can only assume these are the ravings of the Editor/Publisher, Charles Prince. In the column it states that "HR2454 claims it will create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy". The author's response is "if such a fantastic claim were made by a company or person about a product or service, they would immediately face an inquiry from the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive acts". After making this remark the author goes on to state incorrect facts. For instance, the article states "…increasing global temperatures (so-called global warming) which haven't increased since 2001, even with CO2 concentrations up significantly". This is just false. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Nation Climate Data Center "Pre-industrial levels of carbon dioxide (prior to the start of the Industrial Revolution) were about 280 parts per million by volume (ppmv), and current levels are greater than 380 ppmv and increasing at a rate of 1.9 ppm yr-1 since 2000." Other websites I checked state similar facts.

Further in the article the author states "don't expect new green jobs to bail us out", referring to his belief Ohio will lose jobs due to HR 2454. The author refers to a recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts to back up his claims. The first 3 paragraphs of the report, dated June 10, 2009, read as follows:

"Research by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably—extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating new industries. Between 1998 and 2007, its jobs grew at a faster rate than overall jobs. Like all other sectors, the clean energy economy has been hit by the recession, but investments in clean technology have fared far better in the past year than venture capital overall. Looking forward, the clean energy economy has tremendous potential for growth, as investments continue to flow from both the government and private sector and federal and state policy makers increasingly push for reforms that will both spur economic renewal and sustain the environment."

"By 2007, more than 68,200 businesses across all 50 states and the District of Columbia accounted for about 770,000 jobs that achieve the double bottom line of economic growth and environmental sustainability."

"In today's tough financial climate, when millions of jobs have been lost, those numbers may sound modest. Three quarters of a million jobs represent half a percent of all jobs in the United States today. But Pew's research shows that between 1998 and 2007, clean energy economy jobs—a mix of white and blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians, machinists and teachers—grew by 9.1 percent, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent. And although we expect job growth in the clean energy economy to have declined in 2008, experts predict the drop in this sector will be less severe than the drop in U.S. jobs overall."

This article is filled with junk statements and the Beacon should be ashamed. Congressman Zack Space is looking out for the interest of the 18th district and I hope the people that read the garbage you printed will look into the real facts!

Thank you,

Vickie Fogarty Bowling Green Township

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