Letters to the Editor

Clean energy, climate change, clear-cuts, crazy traffic

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui are co-sponsoring resolutions to set a national goal of powering the U.S. with more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free energy by 2030.
Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui are co-sponsoring resolutions to set a national goal of powering the U.S. with more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free energy by 2030. Associated Press file

GOP resistance to climate change

Re “Pushing for 50% clean energy by 2030” (Viewpoints, April 3): This “50 by 30” resolution calls on Congress to enact legislation that will establish a goal of more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030.

Thirty senators and 103 House members have signed the resolution, all Democrats. What explains the Republican Party rejection of the climate science recently acknowledged by 195 nations in Paris? Perhaps some perspective can be gained from a new movie “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt.”

Arendt was the most famous post-war author analyzing the totalitarian mindset behind German fascism and Russian communism. In Arendt’s view: “Totalitarianism was based on the systematic refusal to engage reality, on the substitution of ideological fantasy and outright fiction for reason and empiricism.” Sound familiar?

Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

Energy solutions result in tax hikes

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui have been responsible for shaping solutions to California’s exponential population growth. Yet they accomplished nothing to increase our ability to capture and retain water.

Our severe water shortage is not new and not a surprise. The Auburn dam, approved and budgeted back in the 1960s, is a perfect example. Special-interest lawsuits were used to terminate the project. Meanwhile, our so-called leaders failed to fight hard enough for its completion. Today, rather than refocusing on water problems, we get a global warming lecture.

And to cap it off, Boxer and Matsui state that “It is in our nation’s DNA to turn a problem into an opportunity.” Obviously that’s a joke, because opportunity to them typically results in tax increases for us.

John DeKellis, Rocklin

Supporting clean energy and beyond

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui make a powerful case for the environmental and economic benefits of the transition to green energy. I agree with their statement that these efforts cannot stop in California and must be implemented nationwide.

One mechanism that has been shown to drive the transition to green energy while adding jobs and reducing carbon emissions is a national carbon fee. If it is levied at the point of extraction and all fees are returned to households as a dividend, the program is revenue-neutral. If combined with border protections, it can have positive effects beyond our national borders.

Building bipartisan political will to implement this practical solution will go a long way to supporting the clean energy revolution and in the longer term slowing dangerous climate change.

Rich Howard, Carmichael

Spotted owl controversy redux

Re “A modern lesson from huge post-fire logging project” (Forum, Northern Exposure, April 3): Forests recover from fires without clear-cutting: The spotted owl just won’t go away, will it. Thankfully, no. But this denizen of Stanislaus National Forest is again under siege. This time the bird’s encampment in Stanislaus National Forest is to be disrupted by logging the remaining snag forest habitat in the Rim Fire area. The Forest Service’s plan is to impede nature’s own regrowth strategy, a regrowth strategy which has been regenerating from natural fire damage to its Californian forests for – oh, well, just start with five-digit numbers.

Ironically, the intended logging waste is to be used for – guess what? Biomass purposes: commercially sold firewood.

Mal Gaffney, Newhall

Crazy traffic; blame Gov. Reagan

Re “So scared behind wheel your head spins” (Forum, April 3): Jack Ohman most likely has not overstated the case about how bad driving is on the surface streets and freeways in Sacramento. However, to be fair, he should let the readers know that there was an early plan for a beltway around Sacramento that may have prevented our present traffic meltdown.

The property for the beltway was bought by foresighted governance. Then, didn’t Gov. Ronnie Reagan sell the land and say Sacramento would never need a beltway?

Leonard C. Jones,

North Highlands

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