Re "California gas prices and reality" (Dan Walters, Oct. 16): Dan Walters fails to recognize the tremendous benefits of California's cleaner gasoline blends.
The state's gasoline rule cuts smog-forming emissions that contribute to health emergencies like asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis and other lung and heart illnesses. Given our severe smog problems, California is right to require these tighter standards to protect public health.
Walters also doesn't acknowledge the benefits that will come from kicking our addiction to dirty petroleum fuels altogether. Pursuing clean fuel alternatives will make the biggest public health impact in our state.
Thankfully, AB 32, California's climate change law is moving us in this direction and we must not delay. AB 32 will save consumers money and help families live healthier lives with less smog and toxic pollution. Cleaner fuels are the healthiest solution for California.
-- Dr. David Cooke, Sacramento
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