Monday's letters: Biden's clueless climate plan, Florida voters and judge's Trump ruling

U.S. President Joe Biden (C) signs The Inflation Reduction Act with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) in the State Dining Room of the White House August 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. The $737 billion bill focuses on climate change, lower health care costs and creating clean energy jobs by enacting a 15% corporate minimum tax, a 1-percent fee on stock buybacks and enhancing IRS enforcement.

Biden’s poor climate change plan

With its approach to the climate change issue, President Joe Biden’s administration has demonstrated, as it did with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, that it decides on a conclusion without a clue as to the proper way to reach it.

If the goal is to reduce carbon emissions, you don’t achieve that overnight.

If your goal is a switch to electric vehicles, you consider the steps necessary to get there without destroying the economy or the lives of people (as was unnecessarily done in combating COVID).

If the goal is to reduce carbon emissions, why not first transition to hybrid vehicles such as a Prius, which would cut gasoline consumption in half without raising the price?

That would provide sufficient time to create the infrastructure necessary for the switch to all electric vehicles, such as charging stations and the increase in the electrical grid necessary to handle the new demand.

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Also, by creating market demand for electric vehicles – rather trying to force people to buy them with artificially high gas prices or government rebates – the price would be determined by the market.

If you thought Afghanistan was a disaster – and you remember how COVID shutdowns almost destroyed our economy – this could be worse. Going forward, the government could justify almost any action in the name of climate change.

Artie Reiss, Sarasota 

Florida voters have long memories

Florida voters will not forget how Gov. Ron DeSantis blundered his way through the pandemic – nor how his surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, faithfully espoused Charles Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” doctrine.

The conclusion is clear: What matters for DeSantis is business, not people.

Voters would do well to remember this in November.

Charles Dudley, Sarasota 

Judge’s Trump ruling is hard to fathom

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump during his final year in office, explained her decision to appoint a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI subsequent to a court approved search warrant as necessary to “ensure at least the appearance of fairness and integrity.”

Is she really serious?

If Cannon was truly interested in fairness and integrity, she might have started by recusing herself from this case in the first place, given that she was being asked to decide a case brought by the same individual who had nominated her to a lifetime appointment.

Following the issuance of Cannon’s decision, noted Harvard constitutional professor Laurence Tribe described her ruling as “bizarre,” and added that it was “untethered from principle and purely results-driven.’

Cannon’s decision will needlessly delay the FBI investigation to determine whether Trump violated one or more statutes, and it will further widen the gulf between his MAGA followers and the Justice Department.

Maybe the real intent is simply to try to run out the clock.

Steve Higgins, Sarasota

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Biden’s poor climate change plan, Florida voters have long memories