Does the ‘cap and trade’ bill go too far?

This is the wrong question. You should be asking if it is doing what it is supposed to be doing. When they make changes so that environmental scientists are fighting against it and big businesses are fighting for it, you need to ask yourself what exactly are they passing. This will turn out to be a huge tax on the American people while doing nothing to benefit the environment.


Does it go too far? Who knows. There are only about five or six people in the whole United States who know everything that is in that bill. They are the ones who crafted it behind closed doors. However, that did not stop our intrepid Congressman, Mike Michaud, from voting for it. I suppose his political leaders told him to. Call Mike Michaud and tell him not to vote for bills before reading and understanding what is in them. (Call Susan and Olympia also).


I’d encourage skeptics of man-made climate change to think of the sky in Beijing. The current consumption of dirty, noxious energy reminds me of the human smoking habit.


What difference does it make? As long as the compliant liberal media is politically motivated to support Obama, dissenting opinions will be routinely ignored or censored.


Cap and trade is nothing more than an out for the heavy polluters. The big coal-fired electric generating facilities have been purchasing these credits for a long while. In the mean time, the people who are creating green power are making a part of their living selling their carbon credits to the heavy polluters. This has kept the coal-burning power-generation industry from making the necessary changes to its plants, which would help the environment. Sort of a Ponzi scheme sponsored by the government.


Todd Darling’s op-ed (BDN, June 30) inadvertently points out that the carbon credits in Europe act as a buffer for corporations in lean times when they cut back on production, then sell the unused credits to shore up their balance sheets. Sounds like a win-win. Maybe the government should implement a cap and trade system on laying off employees.


Is a maritime education still important?

It’s still important and relevant. A lot of good engineers have started at MMA. With world trade, there are many ships crossing the oceans all the time. Why would we want to lose out on that?


Maine Maritime Academy’s focus on hands-on, experiential learning and leadership training has earned the school a stellar reputation for producing highly competent professionals. Along with the traditional majors of Marine Transportation Operations and Marine Engineering, we offer a major in International Business and Lo-gistics. Graduates of that program are employed in diverse industries where their purpose is to ensure the movement of goods, which is the basis of the worldwide economy.

It has been suggested that increasing oil prices may well lead to a resurgence of goods being moved by sea rather than over land. Our graduates have the necessary training to ensure that this is done safely and efficiently.

Our alumni occupy key positions in almost every power plant in New England as well as being heads of ship-building businesses, major corporations and high ranking military officers. Because of the hands-on nature of the education we provide, many of our graduates are entrepreneurs and have started up successful businesses here in Maine.