No to fossil-fuel plants!
Just say no to new fossil-fuel power plants! The proposals to build new fossil-fuel electric generating plants in Oxnard and Santa Paula need to be stopped in their tracks.
These power plants would be major new sources of oxides of nitrogen and particulates and would exacerbate the county’s existing air pollution problem. Despite the commendable efforts of the EPA, state ARB and local APCD, Ventura County air continues to exceed state and federal air quality standards for ozone and particulates. What’s that mean? It means that our air is unhealthy, especially for children and older people. We need reductions in emissions, not increases.
And further, these plants would be major sources of CO2 emissions, contributing to global climate change. Let’s think globally and act locally by not allowing these plants to be built here.
What are the responsible alternatives?
First, Southern California Edison and the PUC need to really get serious about energy conservation, and be leaders in reducing energy use rather than continue the foot dragging that we’ve always seen. We are way past the time for business as usual that the PUC fosters and that only benefits Edison and its shareholders at the expense of all of us.
Second, Edison needs to invest more in solar and wind for generating electricity, and in energy storage for leveling out the electrical supply during evening hours when solar is at its lowest. We just installed a solar electric system on our house that sends electricity back through the meter into the grid. Now we hear that Edison is petitioning the PUC to cut in half the rate at which Edison currently pays small generators like us. Outrageous!
Edison would love to kill the solar and wind industries and just keep building more fossil-fuel power plants. Let’s say no to Edison. Let’s say yes to cleaner air and reduced climate change.
Integrity of the GOP
Mr. Moomjean’s column “When Populism becomes Fascism” (Right Persuasion, 12/17) is almost right. He correctly describes the dangers contained in the language of Mr. Trump, and correctly describes how close to the fascism of past generations this rhetoric becomes.
What he gets wrong is ascribing the cause. It is not rooted in some over-concentration on Hillary Clinton or some other benign cause. It is rooted in the Republican Party’s welcoming of the racists kicked out of the Democratic Party with the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Acts in the 1960s. Nixon courted them in 1968 with his Southern Strategy; Reagan courted them in 1980 with his campaign opening speech extolling States Rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi. It is rooted in the racism in 2000 when Jeb Bush and Kathryn Harris blocked 90,000 legitimate Florida voters from voting. It is rooted in the ongoing voter suppression tactics, including voter ID, concentration of polling places, reducing voting hours. It is rooted in 2008 in the Obama birth certificate issue. It is rooted in Reagan’s Justice Department lawyer who attempted to gut the voting rights act in the ’80s who became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, who finally succeeded in gutting it.
Sorry, Mr. Moomjean, your silence over the past 35 years as the Grand Old Party sacrificed all integrity in pursuit of victory enabled the rise of Donald Trump. John McCain, to his credit, spoke out against a slur on then-candidate Obama. All of the rest of you conservatives sat on our hands, gutless in your silence. You now reap what you have sown.
Ventura beach disappointment
It is unfortunate that the city of Ventura has opted for a “hard solution” to coastal erosion at Surfers Point following the loss of a palm tree along the promenade. Indeed it’s ironic since the city was a strong proponent of the highly successful “managed shoreline retreat” project on the adjacent section of the point managed by the Fairgrounds. It’s also disappointing considering that they have a standing permit to renourish the beach with sand and cobble, but have been unable or unwilling to dedicate funding to maintain Ventura’s greatest asset. Indeed, intentional neglect is a useful strategy used to invoke the “emergency” loophole in the California Coastal Act.
Beachgoers will soon have to negotiate “a 265-linear-foot rock revetment, approximately 15 feet tall and 30 feet wide, consisting of approximately 1-3-ton stones.” And it will not be long before the erosion caused by this new structure will necessitate even more rocks, forever changing Ventura’s famed “C Street” surf break.
Surfrider Foundation, Ventura Chapter