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RGGI has been effective but Rep. Vadney opposes it

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To The Daily Sun,

This is an open letter to state Rep. Herb Vadney of Meredith:

I am emailing you today to remind you of your responsibility to the people of your district (Belknap House District 2) and to New Hampshire as a whole. Right now I am well aware that you oppose RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), which requires power plants to continue to produce cleaner emissions and plan on voting to repeal this wonderful program.

As a voter in your district, I am requesting that you put the health and welfare of the people of your district first and foremost when voting on HB-592, and to vote against the repeal of RGGI.

I encourage other voters to communicate with you at 603-279-1141, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Wednesday, Oct 25, 1 p.m. I hope they will let you know how you feel about repealing RGGI. (HB-592).

This program, which has been in effect for eight years, has reduced carbon emissions substantially in New Hampshire, from 7.10 million tons in 2008, to 3.82 million tons in 2015. No one can argue that this program is not paying off in making the air cleaner and cutting the contribution to climate change. No on can argue that this is not beneficial for children suffering from asthma.

It has contributed more than $22 million to energy efficiency, job training and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs. Again, how can you disagree with these numbers and the benefit for the citizens of our state?

RGGI works! It makes power companies pay for refusing to clean up their act. If they want to refuse to produce cleaner emissions and meet the standards set, then they will be fined according to how much over the standard they are producing.

That money is used for energy-efficient initiatives, like community household solar programs and such. Even the newly completed energy saving pellet heating system and the electric producing solar system at the Inter-Lakes High School would not have happened without RGGI.

I couldn’t help noticing The Americans for Prosperity organization listed on your website as one you support. This organization and its founders, the Koch brothers, pursue their own special interests, while discrediting real climate science, and which serves only the Koch brothers. The majority of Americans, and New Hampshire citizens want government to work for cleaner air and water for its citizens. I am disheartened to see that you support this organization whose policies and clout run contrary to the best interests of your voters, not to mention the nation.

I have read your voting record, and am very disheartened to see how you have voted and where you stand.

You are against: The ban of cell phone use while driving, passing gun regulation, raising the minimum wage, labeling of GMO foods, more legal protections for employees in the workplace, increasing funds for heroin treatment, Planned Parenthood (which provides many various medical services besides just abortion), the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, broadening the campaign finance disclosure laws, term limits, additional drug enforcement funding, and passing gender identity discrimination protections.

And you are for: Funding charter schools (which deplete funds for public schools, costing taxpayers more), the bill to repeal the license to carry concealed firearms (this license helps keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable), enforcement of federal immigration laws, adding more restrictions on welfare recipients, and the restriction of wind power development.

This information was taken off your legislative website. I find it a very sad list of stances which I do not believe to be in the best interests of the taxpayers, women and children, workers, the low-income workers, or the LGBTQ community. The one good thing is that you oppose Northern Pass, although probably not for the same reasons l do.

Hopefully, the election of 2018 will give us a new chance for a better future.

Lynn Montana