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Alternative energy is a must


Friday, April 26, 2019

Donald van der Vaart in his column “Solar power deals increase electricity bills” states that the long term solar energy contracts which Duke has been forced to accept are bad for Duke customers. In his opinion Duke power customers will be forced to accept overpayments for electricity. In his support of the purportedly lower cost power currently being generated by Duke, he makes no mention of the devastating effects and concomitant costs associated with the burning of fossil fuels, coal and gas, which are the favored energy sources used by Duke.

Not only are these fuels a major cause of respiratory ailments such as asthma but they are the prime cause of global warming and climate change. Climate scientists have warned, that to avoid sever social disruption which will be caused by climate change, we must hold temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degree Celsius. To have a chance of achieving that goal we will have to reduce GHG emissions to a net zero level over the next 30 years.

Duke Energy has shown no signs that it supports that objective; The Integrated Resource Plan filed by Duke with the N.C. Utilities Commission, says renewables (mostly solar) will account for 6 percent of the energy Duke produces in North and South Carolina next year. By 2033, it will account for 8 percent. It opposes having to purchase power from independent solar producers because that does not fit its current economic model.

Mr. van deer Vaart has long denied the science of global warming and climate change. We should not be mistaken. Virtually all responsible scientists and scientific organizations warn that unless we stop emitting CO2 and other gasses we face a catastrophic future. To avoid disaster we must stop burning fossil fuels and switch to sustainable energy. Promoting alternative energy producers has moved North Carolina in the right direction.

David Ames



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


May 25, 2019

We were strong and loyal to our Uncle Sam, so we picked up our rifles and we went to Viet Nam.

Can’t say for sure who was right or wrong; it’s all pretty blurry and it’s been so long.

But one thing’s certain, though we didn’t run, we hated that war more than anyone.


May 24, 2019

A recent column cites opposition to an anti-choice bill to claim that North Carolina Democrats are “rejecting moderates” yet ignores the party’s priorities, recent accomplishments, and the attacks on reproductive rights happening across the South.

Last year, on our Rural NC…

May 23, 2019

I would like to say thank you to the staff at Lake Forest Elementary School of Pitt County. Thank you so much for your dedication to the students there and “Creating Lifelong Learners.”

Can you even imagine a world without teachers like Ms. Williams, the kindergarten teacher and the…

May 23, 2019

Should we make it against the law for men to have vasectomies? Oh, that's right. It's men making the decisions (about women's bodies). Maybe the government needs to outlaw Viagra. That should eliminate some pregnancies. Perhaps our government should start litigating men's health care issues…

May 21, 2019

I have followed with interest your series on the opioid epidemic with which we are currently struggling. A major concern has to do with access to treatment. The standard of care for persons addicted to opioids is medication assisted treatment, a combination of medication, such as Buprenorphine or…

May 20, 2019

Behold: the father of lies is come. (John 8:44)

The Washington Post just announced that Trump has passed the 10,000 mark of provable lies. I have never seen as dishonest a bunch as every member of this administration.

Just look at Attorney General William Barr. He auditioned for his job by writing…

May 19, 2019

As a physician, I am interested in learning about cost-effective practices. Last year, I attended a conference where the speaker, a physician and chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society, spoke about screening tests for colon cancer. He spoke about a non-invasive testing method…

May 18, 2019

I read with great concern, shock and some anger your May 6 article entitled "New ECU leadership faces significant challenges." As an alum and North Carolina taxpayer, I believe ECU deserves better leadership.

Your article indicated ECU has seen a $60-70 million swing in cash flow since 2016 with a…

May 17, 2019

Like most people, I read Bless Your Heart to get a mild chuckle and an occasional feel good story. However, I found the comment in the third to the last entry in Saturday's column to be offensive: "Women who have abortions (with the exception of rape and incest) are women with no morals." In my…

May 17, 2019

In his May 10 letter to the editor about the Muller report, Vic Corey opines that "(W)e are about to expose all the crooked players in our government — the majority being lying, godless Democrats."

While we acknowledge the First Amendment right to express opinions, it seems to me that Mr.…

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