Letters to the Editor

For clean energy, let’s go with solar

Solar panels cover the rooftops of homes in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Solar panels cover the rooftops of homes in Kapolei, Hawaii. New York Times file

For clean energy, let’s go with solar

Re “Wind energy is being unfairly held back” (Insight, Nov. 3): Wind power is not practical, takes up too much acreage, cannot be stored and is financed by wealthy investors and large corporations.

Jobs are created when the wind farm is being built, but after it is powered, only a handful of employees need to remain. The authors also neglected to mention the devastation to our wildlife, such as raptors and bats, and the reluctance to keep accurate records of bird strikes.

Clean energy begins with affordable solar on the rooftops of America. Along with new housing, businesses and schools, clean energy can be healthy and nonintrusive, and save you money.

Jay Sheets, Auburn

CPUC trying to kill solar, net metering

Re “AM Alert: Rooftop solar’s California future debated at PUC” (Sacbee.com, Nov. 4): Net metering – the mechanism by which solar panel owners are compensated for electricity they return to the grid – is a crucial state policy facilitating the growth of rooftop solar. And it’s at risk. The rooftop solar industry creates local jobs, reduces the burden of energy costs on our economy and builds a cleaner energy future for all Californians.

Today we’re seeing utility proposals that, if adopted, could kill new rooftop solar here.

The California Public Utilities Commission already collapsed tiers and flattened rates for electric industries. The Energy Commission estimates this will reduce the growth of cumulative installed net metered solar, representing damages of about $4 billion in reduced investment, not to mention the 700,000 extra million tons per year of carbon emissions, roughly equivalent to 150,000 to 200,000 cars.

We can’t lose net energy metering, too. We demand that the CPUC continue to support and expand net metering.

George Colby Allerton, Venice

Poor areas deserve more climate funds

Re “Guide to green energy savings” (Insight, Nov. 4): Thanks for reporting on California’s investments of climate funds in disadvantaged communities.

The Coalition for Clean Air worked with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon to pass SB 535, which requires that some of the money collected from polluters under the Global Warming Solutions Act be spent on alleviating the effects of environmental injustice and disinvestment in low-income communities of color.

Because of this pioneering law, millions of dollars are now going into cleaner energy and vehicles, public transportation and tree-planting in our neediest neighborhoods. These programs reduce air pollution, create jobs and provide important services in areas that have too often been left out of California’s prosperity. When legislators return in January, they should redouble their efforts and invest even more in these communities.

Bill Magavern, Sacramento

Hypocrisy in attack on GOP ultimatum

Re “Ultimatums no way to fix GOP debates” (Editorials, Nov. 4): In demanding some basic standards of civility and substance from left-wing moderators, the Republicans are like “pampered rock stars on tour.”

At least these rock stars are willing to appear in all arenas, however hostile, while the Democratic National Committee would never dream of exposing its candidates to conservative questioners. To envision a level playing field, imagine Hillary Clinton on Fox News, being confronted with a panel of Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

Until they offer a rationale for this contrasting, iron-clad, Democratic ultimatum, it is hypocrisy for the editorial board to criticize the opposition party.

James McCandless,


Unfair questions from the media

Re “Media’s role in debate hit hard” (Insight, Oct. 30): I was outraged by the unfair questions asked of the Republican candidates.

“Two of you have had personal bankruptcies. Is that any indication of what would happen if either of you were president?” “How would you force Mexico to build a fence on our border?”

“You talk about how important it is for senators do their job and vote on important issues, yet you have the worst attendance record of any senator in the entire Senate. Why does the Florida paper suggest you resign from office or do your job?” “Your 15 percent flat tax just doesn’t add up. Can you explain how that would not increase our debt?”

I am looking forward to the next Republican debate where the candidates will be asked fair questions from people like Rush Limbaugh.

Gary Miller, Roseville


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