Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Energy policy: Editorial
We comment on the high price of gasoline and the one-year anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and argue that Americans might do well to unload their gas-guzzlers in favor of more efficient vehicles. We write:
… Washington, however, can help push the nation to smarter energy policies. The L.A. Times reports that Obama administration officials are “quietly working” on just how steeply to push automakers to cut pollution emissions and increase mileage for the next generation of cars, SUVs and pickups. Some aims under consideration, during a phase-in period from 2017-25: cutting carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 6 percent and requiring vehicles to average 62 miles per gallon. Imagine the savings to consumers, the environmental gains . . . and the endless fight on Capitol Hill.
A better bet for consumers for a quicker bargain: unload the gas guzzler today and replace it with something that is mindful of the world’s economic and energy challenges.
Today’s column from Phil Reisman focuses on income taxes, the collection system for which, Reisman argues, is unlikely to be ever reformed or streamlined.
Here’s what our colleagues across at papers across the state are saying today:
The entitlement crisis: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Day-camp rules are needless: Editorial, Daily News
Charter school audits justified: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Don’t play debt-ceiling games: Editorial, Newsday
Friends don’t let friends lose pensions: Editorial, Times Herald-Record
Hevesi case calls for ethics reform: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times
Senate bills on tax relief need work: Editorial, Utica Observer-Dispatch
Politics of distraction: Editorial, Kingston Daily Freeman