Re "California's living costs hit the poor" (Dan Walters, June 1): Dan Walters wrote that state policies are raising the living costs and increasing poverty California. As President of Devine Intermodal, a West Sacramento trucking company, I strongly agree. Walters said green-energy mandates are raising utility rates sharply and soon will push gasoline prices, already among the nation's highest, even higher. With this said, I am concerned about cap and trade, a state policy that will increase fuel cost up to 15 cents per gallon starting in 2015 and 40 cents per gallon by 2030. Fuel is one of the top business costs for trucking. The industry already is investing nearly $1 billion a year on cleaner equipment. Placing fuels into the cap and trade program will inflate the cost of goods and services, which will hurt struggling Californians. I encourage Gov. Jerry Brown to delay placing fuel under the cap and trade program.
-- Richard Coyle, Granite Bay