Letters to the Editor

Energy policy

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis Star-Telegram

On another air-quality-alert day, I take little solace that U.S. Rep. Joe Barton “will advise” Donald Trump, as asserted in Barton’s Wednesday commentary, “Maintaining American energy supremacy.”

We would have an orange Trump as czar for more orange days.

The GOP was also in the news on the NPR radio program Texas Standard regarding other energy matters: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s joining Exxon’s lawsuit to keep the 1970s climate change reports secret as the corporation’s own scientists warned of the industry’s negative impacts, and the Texas Department of Public Safety’s ordering a geological website to take down photos of oil spills.

Free market for corporations but locked environmental information for Texans is not an ethical governmental position. Note that Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, warned that unbridled greed leads to the fall of capitalism.

We need political leaders who will work for the health and well-being of us all, crafting and passing sustainable environmental energy policy. We need regulatory protection from polluters.

Oppose Trump and GOP politicians such as Barton who sacrifice our safety and the future of our grandchildren for some false “supremacy.”

Joan Elaine Hammer Formby, Bedford


I agree with many of Barton’s comments on our energy situation.

However, I have to disagree with the statement that “whether it’s oil, coal, wind, natural gas, nuclear, or solar, the United States has led in all these areas.”

This is not accurate. The world leader, per capita, in wind power is Denmark, followed by Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Croatia and then the U.S.

In solar energy, the world leader is China with 43,000 megawatts of installed capacity, followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and the U.S. with 25,000 megawatts.

Politicians are fond of boasting: “We’re No. 1.”

However, accuracy counts.

Shouldn’t Barton be asking: Why are we No. 8 in wind power and No. 5 in solar power? These are the clean energies of the future.

Michael Zaunbrecher, Arlington