Regarding “Two proposed wind farms threaten to pull out if N.C. moratorium becomes law” (July 9): Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision for North Carolina to adhere to the Paris climate accord is not only strategic environmentally, but also economically. The state currently relies on energy from coal, but there are no active coal mines in North Carolina. This means that coal must be imported, draining money from the local economy. It is important to harness the resources that North Carolina has rather than depending on other states for power.
House Bill 589 promotes the use of renewable energy in North Carolina, but it does not go far enough. The bill means great advancements in solar energy, but an amendment to the bill puts an 18-month pause on the expansion of wind energy. By blocking advancements in wind energy, North Carolina is not taking advantage of opportunities for rural revitalization. It is no secret that many small towns in the state are suffering as the world becomes more and more urbanized. Many of these areas are viable for wind farming, and the industry would pour money into rural economies and improve the quality of life for these people.
Reconsider light rail
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“Chapel Hill wants affordable housing, but creates an unaffordable town” (July 11) makes a drastic mistake by calling light rail initiatives an “economic train wreck.” Traffic between Research Triangle Park and surrounding towns is already a nightmare for many commuters. At some point in the near future, companies are going to stop coming to RTP because their employees simply do not want to sit in two or three hours of traffic every day. This could be a huge impediment to future economic growth in the Triangle.
Light rail is the most viable and cost-effective solution to this problem, making it an economic boon – not a so-called “train wreck.” The current lack of affordable housing in Orange County is, of course, unacceptable. Affordable housing should be mandated along the light rail corridor to maintain places for low-income people in the region. But the state legislature’s “solution” – a cap on light rail funding – will only create more problems. The legislature and anti-government fearmongers should think long and hard about future economic development before they continue to shun light rail.
Regarding “In MLS push, soccer club proposes downtown stadium” (July 20): If Raleigh can build a new soccer stadium by tearing down government buildings at no cost to the taxpayer, then that money that’s saved can pay for widening the two-lane road between the Wade Avenue and Buck Jones Road interchanges for the 94,000 drivers each day, some of whom might want to get downtown to see a soccer game. Win-win.