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Kinzinger engaging climate issue

To the Editor:

We all have our own political views, but it’s important to recognize important work on both sides of the aisle.

As a Democrat, I want to thank Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger after reading about his visit to Nouryon Surface Chemistry. We all face the obligation to preserve our environment, while minimizing economic harm. Kinzinger is engaging the issue head on.

Kinzinger said: “I’m an advocate for climate solutions. [The Green New Deal’s] idea is heavy government regulation. All that does is kill business and industry … what we’ve seen in numbers, is when the free market is incentivized to reduce … they invest millions of dollars to reduce pollution output … You see the best results without hurting the economy.”

In my volunteering with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, I and others have met several times with Kinzinger’s office. Unlike far too many elected officials, Kinzinger clearly listens and doesn’t shy from leadership.

He took the bold step to join the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress, now with 20 other Republicans representatives from around the country. They and congressional Democrats are working together to evaluate climate change solutions.

CCL supports the Energy Innovation Act (HR763): putting a price on carbon. Companies that produce fossil fuels would pay a fee, and those funds would go directly back to Americans as monthly dividend checks, to offset raised energy costs. Payments would increase yearly until emissions reach a sustainable level. It would incentivize other countries to do the same, or face tariffs.

This is one of solutions Congress currently is considering. Whatever the outcome, I’m grateful Kinzinger is willing to actively engage and listen. Our nation has fallen too far from a patriotic spirit of cooperation, mutual decency and coming together to fix problems that impact us all.

Marc Kaufman

Joliet

Commuting not the same as pardoning

To the Editor:

In reply to Jerry Capps of Romeoville and his concern over President Trump “pardoning” Rod Blagojevich, relax Jerry, Trump is not going to “pardon” him. He was considering “commuting” his sentence. Big difference.

All presidents have commuted various inmates’ sentences, nothing new about this. Look at some of the crimes of the inmate sentences President Obama commuted and tell me you had a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Blagojevich’s convictions would stand, his sentence behind bars would be shortened. What I find surreal about this whole thing is that Blagojevich was found guilty of trying to supposedly sell an Illinois Senate seat and was put behind bars, and the now sitting governor was one looking to buy that very same Senate seat.

In Illinois, both the Johns and prostitutes are arrested for their secret criminal acts, so which one was JB Pritzker, the john or the prostitute? Only in Illinois politics, where ex-governors make license plates for a second career, instead of Walmart greeter.

BJ Warner

Frankfort

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