Letters to the Editor

Attorney General Becerra should investigate Exxon over climate change

Stacks and burn-off from the Exxon Mobil refinery are seen at dusk in St. Bernard Parish, La., on Feb. 13, 2015.
Stacks and burn-off from the Exxon Mobil refinery are seen at dusk in St. Bernard Parish, La., on Feb. 13, 2015. AP file

Texas travel

Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with discriminatory policies should be celebrated. But while his actions are laudable, Becerra is still surprisingly absent from an issue that directly affects California.

Becerra should investigate what ExxonMobil knew about climate change to determine whether Exxon knew about the threat of climate change and actively misled the public to benefit its bottom line. As the top agricultural producer in the country, California will suffer the consequences of this deception. For communities of color, the effects already have begun. Evidence shows that Latinos and immigrants feel the effects of climate change more acutely than others because of where we live and work. Becerra must stand up for our communities that are already facing the consequences of a changing climate. He must investigate Exxon.

Matt Nelson, Oakland

A heroine?

Re “Kimberly Ellis, the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics” (Erika D. Smith, June 20): Erika D. Smith’s column reads like a heroine’s tale, but as a longtime Democratic activist I can say Kimberly Ellis’ antics are anything but heroic. After a count and recount of the votes didn’t go her way, Ellis saw she has no path to victory so she has resorted to spreading innuendo and allegations in the media. That’s the opposite of leadership; it’s being the sorest of losers. Worse, the sideshow she’s created damages people who need a unified party to fight for them, the poor and disenfranchised about whom she claims to care. California’s teachers know you don’t need a title to make a difference in communities that need extra attention. Ellis could learn from these true heroines.

Dean Vogel, former president, California Teachers Association, Davis

School lunches

Re “Why it’s so bad that children get too much homework, not enough exercise” (Viewpoints, June 21): Writer Karin Klein is right that kids need more exercise than they are getting to build strong bones and muscles. But nutrition is equally important. Without proper nutrition the former will not happen. We have to adjust the quantity of food we eat, and the quality. Most people think they can exercise away all the calories they eat, but this is very unlikely unless you are a professional athlete. We need to adjust our energy intake to match our energy expenditure, not the other way around. Do your kids a favor and pack their lunches. Include quality protein, carbs from fruits and vegetables, and some good fat such as nuts or cheese. Instead of fruit juice or a sports drink, pack a bottle of water. Lead by example because as parents, we all know that “Do as I say and not as I do” does not work.

Mayumi Tavalero, West Sacramento

Gas appliances

Re “Your gas appliance is making climate change worse” (Viewpoints, June 15): Writer Rachel Golden is correct that your gas appliance is making climate change worse. But unfortunately, for some time to come an equivalent electric appliance will not be a better choice. Much of California’s electric power comes from burning gas. An electric appliance is responsible for slightly more gas use and corresponding methane leakage than an equivalent gas appliance. This will eventually change, as electricity increasingly comes from carbon-free energy sources. In the meantime, let’s tackle those methane leaks!

Riley Newman, Irvine


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