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Donald Trump’s adolescent word wars with Kim Jong Un may very well end in world war. That’s not an exaggeration. In 1984, Ronald Reagan “joked” during a sound check for his weekly radio address, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The Russian army was placed on alert for 30 minutes until they could verify that an attack wasn’t underway.

Now we have this nuclear-armed president with the sophistication, vocabulary and temper of a junior high bully tweeting his weaponized words with apparently no filter or oversight. Why is he allowed to do this? This is not a matter of free speech or executive privilege. It’s global security, and we desperately need it.

MARYA GLASS

Cotati

Electric vehicle mandate

EDITOR: Contrary to what was stated in your editorial (“Electric vehicles are the future,” Thursday), California’s success introducing nearly a quarter-million electric vehicles to our roads between 2011 and 2016 happened because of a state mandate: a regulation called the zero emission vehicle program that requires electric cars and trucks make up 8 percent of automakers’ in-state new car sales by 2025. An early version of the regulation went into effect in California in 1990 and was later adopted by nine other states.

That program’s slow and steady push is largely responsible for forcing the auto industry to bring more electric vehicle options to market, resulting in the fantastic news we are hearing that Ford and GM, are at last, as you said, “figuring out that the future is electric” and not gasoline-powered.

That said, while the automakers deserve applause for finally embracing electric vehicles, these companies and their trade associations are right now intensely lobbying our anti-science administration in DC to relax federal emission standards that reduce pollution and oil use. Automakers spent a century-plus developing gasoline-powered vehicles. It’s no wonder the fight to electrify our fleet and clean our air has been so hard and has still not been won.

DON ANAIR

Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, Oakland

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