Energy more than a luxury product

Net metering is certainly a hot topic across the country, as many states are analyzing and, in some cases, reevaluating their policies. The critical factor is that these policies must be fair for households and individuals of all economic classes (“Net metering for solar power sounds simple, but is it fair?” June 13, The Hill’s Contributors blog).

Caught up in the environmental and monetary benefits for solar users, many people don’t take into account the fact that the benefits these customers reap oftentimes result in higher energy bills for other households. The people incurring these costs are often low-income, minority families that cannot afford to buy or lease rooftop solar panels — and in some cases, they are struggling to pay their own basic electric bills. Current net metering policies often burden these households with additional costs that they cannot support.

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It is critical that all users of the grid contribute to its upkeep. These costs help to maintain the infrastructure that makes up the electric grid and allows it to remain reliable and consistent. If we all plan to enjoy the benefits of cleaner energy, we must all contribute equally. States like Nevada have recognized this and have made strides in reforming net metering policies so that solar installation companies and those well-off enough to afford solar panels are not the only ones benefiting from rooftop solar.

Energy is not a luxury product that Americans can choose to pay for — it is a resource necessary for survival. All Americans have a right to energy, and policies should work to ensure that cost structures are fair for all consumers. Renewable energy is truly one of the most innovative energy solutions in history and has the potential to bring about sustainable environmental and cost effective benefits that will make energy consumption more efficient than ever before. In order to achieve full potential, though, fair policies must be in place so that all Americans can benefit.

From former Florida state Rep. Joe Gibbons (D), chairman of Energy Equity Alliance, Hallandale Beach, Fla.


Trump will halt immigrant invasion

Scientists claim that most Europeans and Asians have between 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA, but I suspect that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE has more. Trump supports torture, and he does not understand high-minded political correctness. He is, however, a blunt pragmatist with a decent IQ.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here's how to make sure he shows up Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE will allow the continued illegal invasion of the U.S. by Mexico and Central America and will do nothing to make our borders secure. Her record of dishonesty and bad judgment is well documented. Both Clinton and Trump have sold out the security of the human food supply to Big Biofuel, so we know both candidates are selfish political prostitutes. Which of these two unsavory politicians should we vote for?

I will hold my nose, cross my fingers and vote for Trump, because Congress will not allow him to torture people and he has no interest in costly foreign wars and military alliances, which are financial losers. Trump will secure our borders, and we cannot possibly protect Social Security and our social safety net if we are flooded with millions of poor, undereducated people who will inevitably make America a poor third-world nation.

The U.S. used to be the richest nation in the world, but now we are way down on the list when it comes to per capita income, crime rates, national debt and social stability. The endless illegal invasion Democrats and some Republicans are now actively promoting is destroying our environment, our economy, our culture and the future lives of our children and grandchildren.

From Christopher Calder, Eugene, Ore.