Letters to the Editor

Climate change, Senate bills, Obama, Alaska

President Barack Obama hiked to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday.  Obama’s three-day trip to Alaska aimed to show solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change.
President Barack Obama hiked to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday. Obama’s three-day trip to Alaska aimed to show solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. The Associated Press

Climate bills will kill Golden State

Re “Far-reaching climate bills warrant approval” (Editorials, Aug. 30): Now we know that The Bee’s editorial board has lost its collective mind. The support for these job-killing bills makes it clear that you are firmly left of center, at best. The bills that our governor will sign will ultimately be the death of the Golden State.

John Hein, Rancho Murieta

Prove that climate bills are necessary

The climate bills being considered by the Legislature should be tabled until it can positively be proven they’re necessary. Why are we even bothering with this?

John Suhr, La Mesa

Over-reaching bills are dangerous

Does anyone else have the feeling that Senate Bill 350 is simply more of the same “Agenda 21” nonsense coming at us from different angle? California lawmakers are trying to force us out of our suburban space into tightly confined communities, all in an effort to better control our movements and our very lives?

A 50 percent reduction in fossil fuel consumption? That’s open warfare on automobiles, trucks and even recreational boating.

Politicians are determined to monitor our vehicle use, tax and restrict it by any means possible. Isn’t this idea of trying to force us into electric and mass transit getting a little old? Seems to me that certain folks in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., loathe the freedom that the automobile provides us.

Paranoia? This nonsense contradicts every notion of personal freedom we grew up with.

Michael Miro, El Dorado Hills

The clock is ticking on climate change

Re “Obama paints stark future without climate action” (Page A7, Sept. 1): One phrase from the president’s speech stands out. “On this issue – of all issues – there is such a thing as being too late ... And that moment is almost upon us.”

This is the dirty little secret that the scientific community refuses to publicize for fear that it will demoralize the general public. Therefore, columnist Dan Walter’s argument that Senate Bill 350 and Senate Bill 32 are being pushed too fast misses the point. We are already dangerously behind the curve.

California leads on this type of issue and then the nation, and hopefully other nations, build on the California model.

Recently, the six largest oil companies in Europe proposed a tax or carbon fee on their own product.

Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

How much land for renewables?

Nowhere have I seen how much land will be devoted to renewal energy. It’s been cited that 50 percent of electrical energy will come from renewable sources. How many million acres or square miles will be devoted to wind or solar?

Gaylord Parks, Placerville

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