Oct. 16 Letters to the Editor

<b>No fracking</b>

EDITOR: Your editorial suggesting that Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of Senate Bill 4, which will regulate fracking in California, "may be a good compromise" was irresponsible ("Moving ahead cautiously on fracking," Oct. 7). More than 100 environmental and consumer groups opposed this legislation — including Food and Water Watch, the California Water Impact Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fracking irreversibly poisons our water, spews dangerous methane into our already suffocating atmosphere, destroys our vegetation, guarantees leakages into aquifers and ensures the destruction of the planet. Why does The Press Democrat promote further dangerous extraction of dirty fuel instead of advocating conversion to renewable sources?

We in California are innovators, and, one of our own, Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson has just launched a plan — the Solutions Project — that includes converting California's power from fossil fuel to 80 to 85 percent renewable energy (primarily solar and wind) by 2030. We can lead the sustainable energy frontier and show the rest of the country and the world that we no longer need to prolong our addiction to dirty fossil fuel.

Let's start by immediately pressuring our legislators to expedite this project and leave the likes of the Monterey shale where it belongs — underground.



<b>Children of Congress</b>

EDITOR: It's not a Republican thing or a Democrat thing, it's a flat out childish, selfish mess in Congress. When you put pride before common sense, group think before honor, and lobbyists before the citizens, this is what you get — a dysfunctional government. People who visit from all over the world are shaming us by showing their children closed national parks and monuments that they planned and paid good money to visit. Shame on everyone in Congress.


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