Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don Gaede - 8/2/2017 - California leads way in clean energy

California leads way in clean energy

August 02, 2017 2:34 PM
Russell Harland’s letter of July 28, referring to the recent cap-and-trade extension, claimed “California isn’t being a leader. California is being left behind.”
But let’s check the facts. California’s job growth has outpaced that of the national economy for years. Our state has far more clean-energy jobs than there are coal jobs in all of America. Our GDP has risen more than 30 percent in the last 15 years, while our CO2 emissions have declined.
Mr. Harland is correct in implying that climate action limited to California and Australia will not be enough to solve this global problem. The Paris Climate Accord, signed by 195 nations, showed us that virtually the entire world is convinced climate change is a real and present danger. California is perfectly positioned to be at the forefront of new technologies to address that threat.
We have a long-standing reputation for showing the way for our nation and the rest of the world. Fortunately, our reputation remains intact.

Don Gaede
 http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article161869613.html

Ray West - 7/23/2017 - Renewable energy is quantum leap into the future


Renewable energy is quantum leap into the future

Before World War II, there were more people employed making candy in the United States than making airplanes. The war drove the productive capacity of the nation and transformed the aerospace industry into an economic and technical powerhouse, improving the lives of people in previously unimagined ways.
That industry spun off advances in materials, communication, digital processing, space exploration and more.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are at war again.
I do not mean ISIS or terrorism, grave though those threats are. We are at war with the earth. The planet and the implacable laws of nature are trying to slowly kill us.
We must rally the human resources of our country and world again and and create new industries based on cheap, clean, renewable energy. By doing this, we will both protect our environment and take another quantum leap into the future.
RAY WEST, SPRINGVILLE
July 23, 2017
 

Connie Young - 7/2017 - unpublished - Cap and Trade




I agree with the Bee’s editorial in praise of our governor and legislators for continuing cap and trade. ( http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/editorials/article162494933.html )
However, when it comes to national climate change legislation, I’d recommend that Congress pass carbon fee and dividend legislation such as proposed by Citizens' Climate Lobby. Here’s why: 
A steadily-rising fee on carbon emissions would be more predictable than cap and trade’s fluctuating permit prices. Businesses like predictability. 
Cap and trade is complicated and its pricing is determined behind closed doors. By comparison, carbon fee and dividend would collect predetermined fees from fossil fuel producers and distribute the proceeds equally to U.S. households. Using existing mechanisms for collecting and distributing money would preclude any need for new bureaucracies.
Carbon fee and dividend would enable consumers, rather than regulators, to decide which energy sources they use.
Finally, a border adjustment would level the playing field for U.S. and foreign businesses while encouraging other countries to implement comparable carbon pricing.  
Carbon fee and dividend: predictable, easy to administer, market-based and can be implemented worldwide. What’s not to like?

Connie Young
unpublished, July 2017

Twyla Smith - 7/20/2017 - There is hope for the planet in renewable energy

There is hope for the planet in renewable energy

Renewable energy such as solar power will protect the environment.
Renewable energy such as solar power will protect the environment. Kurt Strazdins
Was anyone surprised to learn Fresno is on the verge of breaking its heat record? Sixteen of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, with 2016 the warmest year ever recorded..
NASA cites global warming as the main cause of shrinking ice sheets, extreme weather events, decreased snow cover and the warming and acidification of oceans. This last effect is quite visual – 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs are now bleached, leaving seascapes filled with white skeleton-like structures devoid of life and color.
Meanwhile, President Trump has abdicated America’s leadership role in solving the problem by withdrawing from the Paris Accord. He ignores our military leaders, who report extreme weather patterns are aggravating social tensions, destabilizing regions and feeding the rise of extremist groups such ISIS; and that 128 military bases are threatened by rising sea levels… or already flooding.
Truly, the image of Nero fiddling while Rome burns could not be more apt. But there is still hope! While all positive action helps, only a true carbon dividend plan will use our own sense of self-interest to decrease greenhouse emissions, promote renewable energy and reduce health and security issues while growing our economy.

Twyla Smith
Madera
July 20, 2017

Pete Moe - 7/18/2017 - Trump, Nunes dump on climate change, yet – whoops there it is – in defense bill



Trump, Nunes dump on climate change, yet – whoops there it is – in defense bill

July 18, 2017 4:23 PM

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Cynthia Mahoney & Don Gaede - 7/12/2017 Modesto Bee - Cynthia Mahoney and Don Gaede: Cows are the ‘canaries’ of our Central Valley

In Modesto Bee

Cynthia Mahoney and Don Gaede: Cows are the ‘canaries’ of our Central Valley

ead more here: http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article160961369.html#storylink=cpy

July 12, 2017 11:32 AM

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http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article160961369.html

Dr. Cynthia Mahoney, Contra Costa; Dr. Don Gaede, Fresno
Medical Society Consortium On Climate & Health

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Bruce Ratcliffe - 7/2017 unpublished - Vanilla?

Vanilla?

     Today’s Reader Challenge: Which headline doesn’t belong?
A)  “Drought pushing toward fifth year”
B)  “Fresno sets record for heat, this time 108 degrees”
C)  “Sierra snowpack expected to be smallest on record”
D”  “California snowpack at drought-busting 173 percent”
E)  “Vanilla bean shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in U.S.”
ANSWER: None of the above.  NASA scientists have predicted that extreme
weather will be an inevitable consequence of rising CO2 levels.  This
prediction was made in detail in the highly respected journal, “Science”
in 1981.  Yes, climate scientists got it right 36 years ago. Since then,
they’ve been filling in the frightening details of human-caused climate
change.
     So what does climate change have to do with the price of vanilla? 
Scientists have long predicted more extreme storms (think:  Katrina,
Sandy, Enawo).  Enawo? This year, cyclone Enawo rendered half a million
people in Madagascar homeless. But who cares about Madagascar? Well,
climate change will cause unexpected, unpleasant consequences
worldwide.  In this case, the vanilla crop was severely damaged, causing
the price of vanilla on the world market to rise 600%.  Top quality
vanilla ice cream in Fresno now sells for $9 a pint.  Global climate
change has global consequences.

Bruce Ratcliffe
Fresno
July 2017