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

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:42 PM

Thirty senators and one hundred three House members have signed the resolution, all Democrats. What explains the Republican Party rejection of the climate science recently acknowledged by one hundred ninety-five nations in Paris? Maybe some perspective can be gained from a new film “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt.” Arendt was the most well-known post-war author analyzing the totalitarian mindset behind German fascism and Russian communism.

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

GOP resistance to climate change

Re (Viewpoints, April three): This “fifty by 30” resolution calls on Congress to enact legislation that'll set up a goal of more than 50 % spotless and carbon-free electricity by 2030.

Thirty senators and one hundred three House members have signed the resolution, all Democrats. What explains the Republican Party rejection of the climate science recently acknowledged by one hundred ninety-five nations in Paris? Maybe some perspective can be gained from a new film “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt.”

Arendt was the most well-known 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 be engaged in reality, on the substitution of ideological fantasy and outright fiction for reason and empiricism.” Sound familiar?

Energy solutions result in tax hikes

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui have been responsible for shaping solutions to California’s exponential pop growth. Yet they accomplished nothing to expand our skill to capture and maintain water.

Our severe water shortage isn't new and not a surprise. The Auburn dam, approved and budgeted back in the one thousand nine hundred sixty, is a perfect example. Special-interest lawsuits were used to terminate the project. Meanwhile, our so-called leaders failed to fight tough sufficient for its completion. Today, rather than refocusing on water problems, we obtain 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.

Supporting spotless energy and beyond

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

One mechanism that's been shown to drive the transition to green energy while adding jobs and reducing carbon emissions is a national carbon fee. If it's 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 spotless energy revolution and in the longer duration slowing risky climate change.

Spotted owl controversy redux

Re (Forum, Northern Exposure, April three): 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 below 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 map is to hinder 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.

Crazy traffic; blame Gov. Reagan

Re (Forum, April three): Jack Ohman most likely hasn't overstated the case about how horrible 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 map 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 declare Sacramento would never necessity a beltway?

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