Published Thursday, January 31, 2013
We read about climate change and how something drastic has got to be done to neutralize the carbon that is being exposed to the atmosphere, like a carbon tax on the oil companies to reduce the carbon.
In the 1960s, auto companies had to start using catalytic converters on exhaust systems along with other devices on engines to recirculate carbon back into an engine to try to burn more carbon to keep out of the air. Then they did away with leaded gas and many other things to control the carbon. Power companies had to increase the height of their smoke stacks by several hundred feet - look at Plant Yates. All this cost millions, yet to hear environmentalists, things continue to get worse.
I would think instead of getting worse there would be improvement if those things were doing what they claimed.
Most of these people that pretend they are so concerned about this, why do they keep driving, flying, heating, cooling their homes that take all this fuel and electric power to operate? They want to make the oil companies and power companies pay a carbon tax for their crime against humanity. Don’t these educated liberals realize companies are just going to add that cost to the customer? They are going to make a profit or go out of business.
The first real job I had was working for Georgia Power at Plant Yates when they were building the third unit there in 1951.
I was an assistant time keeper over the carpenters and laborers. They were the highest-paid hourly workers there at that time, and they were all union workers, made $2.75 per hour. Pipe fitters and brick layers and iron workers made $2.45 per hour, boilermakers $2.20 an hour -- double time for any work before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Now I know some people can’t visualize that, but that was good money back then. Gasoline was 30 cents a gallon, and a new Ford or Chevrolet was less than $3,000.
If things keep going like they are now, instead of helping the average wage-earner, they will price things out of people’s ability to buy it. If you don’t believe what I’m saying go to Vancouver, Canada, and see what the cost of living is there. A house that sells for $200,000 here will cost you up to $2 million.
Richard Morris, Newnan