Letters to the Editor: If Californians want cleaner cars on the road, they shouldn't buy dirty ones
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To the editor: Kudos to the Times for an editorial whose argument is irrefutable. ("To save the planet from climate change, gas guzzlers must die," March 3). Virtually all credible sources support his conclusion.
That conclusion would have been even more supported if the fact had been mentioned that given the poorest air quality in our state, respiratory health alone would justify getting gasoline-powered vehicles off the road as quickly as possible. Searching the California Air Resources Board website would give unconvinced readers instantly accessible information about the numerous studies that have been conducted on childhood asthma and related diseases that hospitalize Californians and sometimes kill them prematurely.
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Until we take carbon seriously, gas guzzling vehicles can kill us before global warming takes us off the proverbial cliff. We need Congress to act now.
Tom Osborne, Laguna Beach
To the editor: You are making the case that "we" have to kill the internal combustion engine. But you write that "manufacturers are still producing and consumers are still buying ..." these polluting vehicles. It is the second part of this sentence that "we" are in control.
While we continue to urge policies to deviate from dirty energy, those who want to ensure that gas-powered vehicles are never again made should exercise their right not to buy a new gas-powered car. If you want traditional automakers to only make electric vehicles, you have to stop buying their gas cars. If they don't do an EV you like tell them you'll wait. In the meantime, keep your current vehicle or buy a used electric vehicle or hybrid.
Paul Scott, Santa Monica
To the editor: Too much has been said about the importance of our personal automobiles to climate change. It is understandable. We all drive knowing that we are contributing to the problem. However, it is a mistake to focus on one segment of our economy to address climate change.
Emissions are included in everything we buy. However, the price of the goods does not reflect this risk, which is why we have no understanding. As long as fossil fuels are cheap, we will inadvertently rely on them much more than we should.
To get rid of fossil fuels globally, we need to set a price for carbon when it enters the economy - and we need to raise that price as soon as possible. America can do this and make the world do the same.
Mark Tabbert, Costa Mesa
To the Editor: The recent editorial on gas guzzlers states, “At least a dozen nations and a handful of cities and regional governments - including California - have committed to banning the sale of conventional gas-powered vehicles, eight by 2030 and the rest by 2040. ”
California must continue to lead the fight against climate change. In particular, I hope that purple counties like Orange County can exemplify how sensible, bipartisan solutions can be found that result in meaningful legislation to combat climate change. Let's show the rest of the nation how to put guerrilla warfare aside for real solutions that will unite us in the fight against climate change.
Shani Murray, placentia
To the editor: Electric cars are enormous, but they cost a lot of money. Ordinary people don't buy electric cars - because they cost too much.
John Boyde, Sierra Madre
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