All posts by Richard Thripp

Ph.D. graduate of UCF studying financial education, husband, father, Age 28.

Coronavirus & Finances, Fireside Chat by Richard Thripp for Congress, 3/28/2020

March 28, 2020

In my 2nd “fireside chat,” I talk about personal finance, the economy, and the $2 trillion Congressional relief package passed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.

My name is Richard Thripp and I’m a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area).

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Statement Against Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”)

Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is disastrous for our fresh water, atmosphere, and ecosystems. It should be federally banned. Fracking produces methane emissions which have a greenhouse effect much worse than CO2, as well as large amounts of natural gas as a by-product. There is so much natural gas that the industry wants to “flare” or burn off into the atmosphere due to its lack of value, which is insane. The fracking industry itself is barely profitable and is losing tremendous amounts of money with the recent low oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic. If the costs of environmental devastation were priced into each fracturing operation, there would be NO fracking nationwide, or worldwide, for that matter, even without an outright prohibition.

The incumbent Republican Congressman I will be running against in November 2020, Michael Waltz, was a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism during George W. Bush’s presidency. Cheney was Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000, which patented fracking in the 1940s, specializes in oil extraction through traditional means and via fracking, and was also partly responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. You can bet Waltz’s so-called “conservative values” include support for, and campaign contributions from, the oil and fracking industries. It is puzzling that being a “conservative” does not include conserving the one and only planet we have.

I support a nationwide prohibition on fracking and the speedy closing of existing fracking wells, and will co-sponsor the Ban Fracking Act put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the U.S. House of Representatives when it is re-introduced in the 117th Congress.

It should also be noted that, in addition to the above criticisms, fracking is also completely inappropriate in Florida due to our peninsula’s limestone substructure and would cause catastrophic and unpredictable sinkholes.

Fracking is a total disaster, completely unprofitable, and would never happen if the environmental costs were priced in.

Message From New Supporter on Twitter, March 25, 2020

One of my new #FL6 supporters/voters on Twitter wrote this:

“I know who I’ll be voting for to replace Michael Waltz #FL06

Learn more about Richard Thripp here:

And here’s where you can donate to his campaign if you’ve been lucky enough to not have your finances corona-crashed.”

My response:

Thank you!! I appreciate your support & votes: 8/18 Democratic primary & 11/03/2020 general, or vote-by-mail / early voting. Voters in Volusia and Flagler counties, and St. Johns County south of SR 207 + Hastings & the northeast part of Lake County, vote for Richard Thripp. #FL6

I encourage even my Republican friends & neighbors to vote for me in November rather than the incumbent corporatist who lives OUTSIDE #FL6.

My future staff & I will be proactive helping constituents w/ federal agencies, including a NEW district office in mid-town Daytona Beach.

March 25, 2020: I just received $50 from a contributor in Palm Coast, FL. Thank you so much! I believe we can flip #FL6 blue. 2020 is special.

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Coronavirus Fireside Chat, Richard Thripp for Congress, 3/19/2020

March 19, 2020

Here, I talk about the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, how it is affecting Americans including retail, foodservice, and healthcare workers, the financial markets, the climate crisis, and the lack of COVID-19 testing.

My name is Richard Thripp and I’m a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area).

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On the Wawa Gas Station in Ormond Beach, FL, Slaughter of Oak Trees, True Costs of Environmental Damage, and Corporate Welfare

This is an email I wrote to Marty Price, President of the Ormond Beach Democratic Club, regarding a comment he made on the new Wawa gas station in Ormond Beach, FL and our recent radio appearances on Big John WELE AM 1380 THE CAT in Ormond Beach.

Nicely done, Marty! I listened to you on the air (1380 AM radio). I also called in before you went on and discussed my candidacy. I’ve copied a few people on this email and written a perspective you may not have thought of, below.

I will say one thing about when Ormond Beach Democratic Club president Marty Price said “we don’t need another gas station” on March 16, 2020 on WELE 1380 AM The Cat with Big John. (This is in regards to the new Wawa gas station on W. Granada Blvd. and Tomoka Ave. in Ormond Beach, FL.) When you say this, you’ll get pushback from Republicans and “free”-market advocates. They will say: Obviously we do need it, because Wawa has decided to put a gas station there and believes the free market demands it (i.e., it will be profitable). However, there is an excellent rebuttal to this argument. When Wawa slaughters 2,000 oak trees and doesn’t have to pay for it, they are receiving massive corporate welfare. They aren’t paying for the ecological, atmospheric, and environmental costs. They aren’t paying the correct amount for the damage they are doing, including increased taxpayer costs due to drainage issues on neighboring parcels.

The business of selling gasoline is further subsidized because there is a high cost in respect to CO2 emissions that is not priced in. ExxonMobil already did secret research on this decades ago and estimated, adjusted for inflation, that there would be a need for approximately a $75 per tonne carbon tax in present dollars. That’s 68¢ per gallon of gas that no one is paying. If Wawa had to pay the actual costs of putting a gas station in Ormond Beach, their calculus might change and they might not have done it.

Another thing not priced into our economy: The public and individual medical costs, as well as loss of life, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). If Disney World and the proprietors of Bike Week had to pay the resultant medical costs due to being open for business, and for wrongful deaths that may ensue due to a growing pandemic that will strain our healthcare system resulting in triage of care, I can guarantee you they would have closed or canceled MUCH earlier. As Democrats, we are not asking for disastrous central planning and command-and-control economies. We advocate for well-regulated free markets, small businesses, capitalism, and American ingenuity, innovation, and hard work. We advocate for fairness. We need to end corporate welfare, subsidies, tax breaks, and privilege for large corporations and wealthy individuals. When Walmart’s employees receive food stamps and Medicaid, Walmart should pay for that.

Best regards,
Dr. Richard Thripp
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