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WUSED - Bill Blancato - TUESDAY

WUSED - Bill Blancato - TUESDAY

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Praise for Burr

The writer of the April 30 letter “They don’t represent me” asked for letters praising Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Well, here’s a letter praising Sen. Burr and asking him to do more.

Last year, the solar industry had record growth with solar accounting for 43% of new electricity generating capacity. Prices for solar electricity have fallen 45% over the last five years and it is now less expensive to produce energy with solar than with fossil fuels. Sen. Burr helped make this happen by supporting bipartisan legislation to provide tax credits to nurture this vital new industry.

Thanks to Sen. Burr’s bipartisan work, we are developing alternatives to fossil fuels that are essential to combating climate change. But simply developing these alternatives is not enough. We also need comprehensive bipartisan legislation to promote conservation and efficiency.

We often hear that we should not do more to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions because China is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses. A lot of China’s emissions come from producing goods that are shipped to the United States. China needs access to American markets. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act takes advantage of China’s need for access to our markets by placing a tariff on its goods if it does not commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Burr can build on his prior support of the solar energy industry by supporting comprehensive market-based legislation like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Bill Blancato

Winston-Salem

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