Published as FDNM letter to the editor “No Progress” 12/15/2010.
by Emmett Leffel, North Pole
To the editor:
I would like to take a second to personally thank Tammie Wilson for her diligent efforts to end the buyback program of wood and coal boilers through Proposition A. Thanks to Tammie’s short-sightedness and personal agendas, she has single-handedly stopped all progress in the Fairbanks North Star Borough toward cleaner air and risked thousands of future jobs in our area because of the non-attainment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation on air quality. If air quality is not improved by 2012, our three-year average air quality by 2014 will not be sufficiently improved for the EPA to give us a passing grade.
Just in case Tammie didn’t get the memo, nobody has ever “pushed back the EPA.” They hold the purse strings, so using it as a campaign slogan by any local politician is really just tongue-in-cheek.
And for the borough, which has always favored local control, how did we stoop to Proposition A? I know if I had a wood stove, I would have preferred the borough approach and local control.
People, wake up and smell the air. There is a way to heat your homes cheaper while improving indoor air quality and comfort. Try investing in your home and community alike, versus $12,000 worth of “cheaper fuel.” I see homeowners all over the place investing in their homes with the help of a rebate program and I applaud them. Through all of this, a saying comes to mind. “Fire in home … house is warm, fire outside …?” Keep it local folks.