Re "Consumers can't afford cap-and-trade delay" (Forum, Aug. 24): The Little Ice Age in the 16th and 17th centuries caused great upheaval in Europe. Droughts, famine, plagues, wars were among the problems that occurred. Thankfully, the planet has warmed up and stabilized. To think that puny man can control nature is beyond comprehension. Now to the theology of climate change.
Scientific methods are based on quantifiable data and reproducible results. Climate change based on emotion and a mindset of saving the planet from the evil fossil fuel producers without any quantitative measurements is not logical or scientific. Consensus is not part of the scientific methodology.
Putting a regressive tax upon all consumers during a slow recovery is a political hot potato for policymakers. It is time to look at the pragmatic approach of helping all the people of California by reducing taxes and regulations and not strangle the fragile economy by doing feel-good things.
-- Bob L. Yeager, Sr.; Orangevale