Re “On fire from Disneyland to Wine Country, California must rethink disaster risk” (Editorials, Oct. 10): We have been overwhelmed by heartbreaking images from Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and now Northern California. The consequences that climate science has been predicting for years are now stitched into our daily existence. It seems particularly bizarre and cruel that Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt would choose this moment to proudly announce plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan. Pruitt’s announcement is consistent with President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. These decisions are powerful setbacks at the moment when an aggressive leadership role is required to fight climate change. The spectacles we have been witnessing foreshadow what we will face. Let’s grieve for today’s victims, and for ourselves, the inevitable televised victims of the future.
Harold Ferber, Elk Grove
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Re “Steyer takes a shot at Feinstein, ‘very much looking at the Senate seat’” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): Talk of impeachment galvanizes President Donald Trump’s base. A serious impeachment attempt would magnify his base’s militancy. Successful impeachment may tip them toward violent revolution. Whether this attempted revolution would be more beneficial to homegrown Nazis or to Vlad Putin is unclear. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is more conservative than am I, but her patience toward Trump translates as giving him enough rope so he’ll destroy himself.
Kevin Coyle, Sacramento
Re “Trump turns back to tax overhaul; pitch aimed at truckers” (sacbee.com, Oct. 11): Truckers should be much more concerned about the coming robotic takeover of truck driving than thinking some imagined tax break will help. Robotics will take over many jobs in the coming years. We need to get planning on how to manage this very scary job future.
Darrell OSullivan, Galt
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