Republican policies failing New Hampshire’s energy future
Oct. 7 — To the Editor:
For the past four years, Gov. Chris Sununu and Science Technology & Energy (STE) committee Republicans have blocked many urgently needed energy efficiency and renewable energy planning bills and initiatives. It is clear that because this group does not acknowledge the existence of climate change nor the need to plan for the future, they are more than content to provide protection for fossil fuel interests. Even energy efficiency efforts have been targeted for cuts, because these politicians claim they do not work. This despite NHSaves requiring a cost-benefit analysis for every such project that they support, often with a 4:1 payoff.
In the run-up to the election, the Republicans seemingly have seen the light, and are proclaiming that 2023 will be the Year of Biomass. This despite their efforts to shut down New Hampshire’s biomass plants during the past two years. This was an effort to cripple biomass energy production in New Hampshire, despite the roughly 1,000 jobs it supports, the millions of local tax revenue it produces and the in-state renewable energy it generates. They argued that it was too expensive. However, now they are changing course because in the current worldwide energy crisis, that energy is competitive and is also local.
Because Republicans did not plan for a future without cheap natural gas, they now realize that they must take some action because New Hampshire residents are suffering from the high energy costs of out-of-state fuel sources. While Democrats were busy producing viable energy plans for New Hampshire’s future (a White Paper in 2018 documenting our state’s energy resources, and another White Paper in 2020 laying out a green plan of action for New Hampshire), as well as submitting dozens of bills in support of the clean energy transition, Gov. Sununu was busy vetoing these efforts, while House Republicans spent their time blocking many reasonable initiatives.
Voters deserve a New Hampshire energy policy that is planned and should prioritize energy efficiency along with in-state renewable energy such as solar, hydro, biomass and wind energy. These energy sources have zero or almost zero energy costs and provide price stability, while fossil fuels will continue to be volatile and dependent on world markets. This November New Hampshire voters should determine our state’s energy future.
Reps. Lee Oxenham (Plainfield) and Rep. Peter Somssich (Portsmouth)
Members of the House Science Technology & Energy Committee
Inflation Reduction Act will help lower cost of health care for thousands in NH
Oct. 5 — To the Editor:
The Inflation Reduction Act is a victory that should not be understated. That’s why I recently joined Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour in Portsmouth and Concord to celebrate and spread the good news about lowering health costs, expanding coverage, and reducing racial disparities in care.
The Inflation Reduction Act includes the most significant expansion of affordable health care in more than two decades. This legislation lowers premium costs for 13 million Americans who purchase coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, including more than 100,000 in New Hampshire. It also gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, limits the cost of insulin to $35 a month, and caps senior out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Thanks to this law, Medicare finally has the power to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices that alone will benefit more than 49 million Americans.
The Inflation Reduction Act is game-changing, lowering health care costs for seniors and families across New Hampshire and all Americans to make health care a right, not a privilege. The policies included in the legislation will save Americans thousands of dollars a year — the greatest health care achievement since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to President Joe Biden and our delegation in Congress, help is on the way!
Jayme H. Simões
Protect Our Care NH
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I hope independent voters choose candidates who truly care for people
Oct. 5 — To the Editor:
Dear independent voters,
Your independent views strengthen our democracy, and your votes this November will decide elections. I wonder how you decide which candidates will earn your vote.
I hope you believe that our Constitution matters, and that our laws apply to every citizen.
I hope you believe that cheating and lying are never acceptable ways to win, and that perpetuating lies is dishonorable and indefensible.
I hope you believe our government should not promote any policy that suggests one set of religious beliefs should guide us all.
I hope that you believe every American citizen has the right to vote, and any efforts to diminish that right diminishes our democracy.
I hope you appreciate that at one time or another we have all needed help, that for whatever reason we couldn’t go it alone, and that sometimes that much needed helping hand has been extended by our government.
I hope medical decisions about your well-being and the well-being of those you love are guided by and will continue to be guided by the expertise of your health care providers, not by politicians in a State House or the Capitol Building in Washington, places far from the realities of your life.
I hope science and facts matter to you. It is difficult to imagine a sustainable planet if facts and science are ignored.
I hope you and your family have managed to escape the heartbreak and devastation of addiction. Many of us have not been so lucky. We have sometimes needed government resources to heal ourselves and keep our families whole.
I hope that when you sought employment, you found it, and it paid a livable wage. When finding employment proved difficult, I hope unemployment benefits helped you through challenging times.
I hope you appreciate that Social Security and Medicare make all the difference for so many.
Indeed, there is much to consider when casting your vote this fall. I hope your independent thinking embraces the idea that when we care about and support each other, we are America at her best. I hope you vote for candidates who embrace that idea as well.
The facts make clear Hassan and Pappas are best for NH
Oct. 5 — To the Editor:
New Hampshire voters do their research. As Maggie Hassan and Chris Pappas have worked for the benefit of New Hampshire residents, I’d like to highlight a few of the clear accomplishments of these candidates up for election.
• 213,00 Granite Staters will benefit with the new prescription and rate cost reductions in the Medicare plan.
• New Hampshire will receive $309 million as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for roads, bridges, public transport and airports and over $70 million for clean water.
• Maggie Hassan has a record of fighting against sexual violence and holding sex offenders accountable and voted to increase federal funding for police by nearly $300 million.
• Chris Pappas lead the fight to cut the federal excise tax on trucks to lower costs for small businesses. He successfully lead the effort to stop the VA from closing community health centers for veterans in Portsmouth, Somersworth, and Conway. Pappas is also leading the fight to regulate PFAS chemicals in industrial manufacturing and keep our drinking water safe.
• Pro-choice is not pro-abortion and 71% of Granite Staters support access to medical care, including female reproductive services. Both Hassan and Pappas support these 71% of their constituents. These are facts.
Voters have a responsibility to understand the truth and choose which candidates best support New Hampshire. Please join me in voting for Maggie Hassan and Chris Pappas.
Bernice E. Brody
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