Letters: On Changing the Climate

To the Editor:

Thank you for your editorial, “Change the Climate,” acknowledging the despair people feel when we contemplate the climate crisis.

As you indicate in encouraging your readers to participate in Project Drawdown, action is the best antidote to feeling powerless. You can volunteer, you can donate, you can vote, you can even hang your laundry on the line instead of using a clothes dryer. Action will make you feel better. But my personal favorite remedy for climate angst: drive an electric car. 

Transportation accounts for 36 percent of New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions, the largest single segment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal calls for an enormous uptick in electric vehicles on the road by 2025, and he is being urged to set a goal of reducing emissions from transportation by 55 percent by 2035. You can help get us there and enjoy doing it.

Owning an electric vehicle is practical, affordable and fun. I traded in my Prius for a Tesla Model 3 last year and it’s been a boon to my mental health. I absolutely love it. I enjoy its awesome acceleration and tech, and never having to buy gas or get an oil change. I take road trips guilt free – also stress free, thanks to Tesla’s vast network of Superchargers.

Just driving it around makes me feel more hopeful, as I model the future of automotive travel, which is actually here now. And if you have a driveway, you just plug it in at night, like a giant cell phone. How convenient is that? It’s not even as expensive as people think: You can buy a Tesla with range of 250 miles for $37,500, about the average cost of any new car. 

My friends with a Chevy Bolt or a Hyundai Kona EV, which are similarly priced, love their cars, too. If we can do it, you can do it. Drive electric. You’ll do good for the planet, for New York and for yourself. 

Stephanie Doba
Brooklyn, NY

To the Editor: 

There’s clearly a lot to be worked out concerning development of the Enterprise Park at Calverton (“Rockets and Robots and Electric Engines, Oh My,” Oct. 22), but it’s exciting to see that at least two of the prospective tenants would provide renewable energy jobs. 

Unique Electric Solutions’ work to retrofit UPS trucks with electric engines should be a model for the future of light delivery trucks in urban areas. Electric engines produce no greenhouse gas, pollution or even noise. Hopefully, where UPS has been, other firms will follow. 

The potential success of ULC Robotics to become part of the offshore wind infrastructure, adding over 50 jobs in its unique niche of examining turbine placements from above, illustrates how important this form of renewable energy could be for Long Island’s economy. It’s up to Riverhead Town whether to let the Enterprise Park development go ahead, but if it does, how exciting to see green economy companies growing in Riverhead. 

Laurie Joan Aron
New York, N.Y.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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