Challenges high in taking solar mainstream | July 6
Hurrah for Brian Hartley of Solar Engineering. I'm glad he is continuing to grow his business despite this state's lack of support for renewable energy. The Sunshine State lags behind New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio in the solar business? Shameful! Come on, Gov. Scott, turn my opinion of you and the leaders of this state around and get to work on that.
Lisa DePew, New Port Richey
Oil exec scoffs at climate fears | June 28
Oil CEO's speech insulting rubbish
How dare Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson insult the public, media and advocacy groups regarding their ability to assess the real threat of climate change.
In a seemingly patronizing speech to the Council of Foreign Relations, Tillerson extolled the virtues of energy providers during difficult times, indicating that they would always be there to supply necessary energy. While acknowledging climate change, he said that we would "be able to adapt" to such changes.
Does this mean that we all will learn how to swim as ocean levels rise? Or through physiological evolution that we can survive on polluted water and air or close our eyes to the destruction of our landscape?
No, Mr. Tillerson, energy corporations survive in their current form because we do not have a choice — yet. Your efforts would be better focused on helping develop alternative energy sources that lessen climate change as Exxon's TV ads proclaim. Denigrating the public does not contribute to the conversation. Someone at the Council on Foreign Relations should have called him on the rubbish in his speech.
Wayne Logsdon, Hernando
Why do big banks seem run by dolts? | July 3
Criminal activity is banking norm
Recently, columnist Robert Trigaux asked whether banks are run by "dolts." I have a better suggestion. How about "criminals"? Evidence of this abounds but it's hardly found in your paper.
The Libor scandal is on the front pages of every newspaper in Europe. The banks and bankers conspired to artificially manipulate interest rates affecting over $300 trillion in derivatives and investments. Rating agencies, like Fitch and Moodys, conspired with at least Morgan Stanley and other investment banks to rate mortgage-backed securities as investment grade, and can no longer hide behind a "free speech" defense.
Last but not least, Matt Taibbi wrote of the criminal conspiracy among investment banks to artificially rig interest rates on bond monies, such as where Jefferson County, Ala., ended up with $3 billion in debt for a $1 billion water treatment plant, and is now bankrupt.
These are ongoing criminal enterprises that should zealously be prosecuted under racketeering laws. These people are not "dolts" like Homer Simpson. They are mafiosi and should be treated as such.
Bob Tankel, Dunedin