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We must move faster
against climate change

Re. “Offshore wind farms in state’s future?,” Page A1, Feb. 12:

I strongly believe that this bill for offshore turbines and others producing clean energy in California should be implemented to combat climate change, and for California to remain a leader in renewable energy. Climate change is an imminent threat to our future, and our efforts to mitigate climate change must be strong — it is a matter of life and death. As a 19-year-old, I know that the future of me and others depends on the actions that we take now.

However, the timeline to shift to renewable energy in California by 2045 is not strong enough to mitigate the lasting impacts of climate change. I believe that in order to make meaningful impact we must speed up our shift to renewables, which is why I support CALPIRG’s campaign to speed up California’s timeline to 100% clean energy by 2030, and calling on Gov. Newsom to act to protect our Earth.

Tia Pappas
Berkeley

Costco should build
charging stations

Re. “Costco 32-pump gas station approved,” Page B1, Feb. 13:

Given the foreseeable demise of gas-powered vehicles, I was surprised to read this mega-gas station was approved and apparently none of the San Ramon residents who spoke about it to the City Council suggested that Costco and the city consider electric vehicle charging stations instead.

Seems extremely short-sighted to me.

Beth Weinberger
Oakland

Seven GOP senators’
votes display conscience

To the seven Republicans who voted to convict Donald Trump of aiding the Jan. 6 insurrection — we owe a debt of gratitude to these senators, because they valued our country’s democracy over Trump’s brand of fascism, even though they knew that they would be roundly denounced by the party’s leaders. Their political future is now very cloudy.

Apparently the Republican Party has a new rule: you can be a Republican, you can be a person of conscience, but you cannot be both.

Robert Zanker
Concord

Abandoning party
after inexcusable vote

The action that most of our nation’s Republican senators took this weekend to acquit former President Trump of inciting insurrection is inexcusable to me.

The evidence is overwhelming about his guilt. If this was not an impeachable offense, nothing will ever be. Trump should have been impeached even if his term is over.

This was the last straw for me, and I have now abandoned the Republican Party and will support a more civilized and caring group of people.

Bruce Wilke
Danville

State’s problems
call for compromise

In “California’s failures making progressive Democrats squirm” (Page A6, Feb. 12), columnist Ezra Klein points out that California Democrats have talked a great game, but done great harm here. But this isn’t a time for either political party to make the other “squirm” or take advantage of the situation, but to negotiate and make the situation as livable as possible. In the final analysis, both sides want essentially the same things, like clean water and decent schools.

I strongly applaud the writer’s analysis of a growing problem in this state, but would suggest that both sides consider using the methods of compromise previously employed by politicians in the past.

Daniel Mauthe
Livermore

Parity in school safety
needed for reopening

Though some politicians and parents complain that teachers and their unions are responsible for both the failure to re-open schools and therefore a widening racial and wealth disparities in achievement, your own article (“Back to school? There’s a rich vs. poor disparity,” Page A1, Feb. 11) belies that misleading and anti-teacher/anti-union narrative.

Both parents and teachers in less-privileged communities understand the vast differences in fundamental safety features like ventilation, water and sewer systems, protective gear, computer access, and additional parental and staff support.



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