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EXTRA LETTERS: Readers speak out on Sonoma Clean Power

EDITOR: When I first heard of Sonoma County's plan to replace PG&E electricity with a county department, my initial thought was the Jimmy Carter-era slogan regarding government takeovers, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”

After receiving more information, I now agree with Billy Bob Thornton's remark in the movie “A simple plan:” “If it's broke, don't fix it.” Creating a new government program to replace an existing, flawed but regulated private company makes no sense.

PAUL FITZPATRICK

Santa Rosa

Choose clean energy

EDITOR: No one is taking away the public's power by offering a second clean energy option. Sonoma Clean Power will offer Sonoma County residents a choice: Stay with PG&E (opt-out) or join the alternative, supporting cleaner, greener and more local energy.

As to taking a vote, 70 percent of county voters rejected PG&E's $46 million attempt to torpedo local public power with Proposition 16 three years ago. On something as important as energy, county residents have spoken: We want choices, not a corporate monopoly. Sonoma County residents also want energy profits to circulate back to our county, not to flow out forever like runoff to the bay. The sooner we get started, the more ready we'll be as new local sources of energy come online and the more our county's bottom line will benefit. Help Sonoma County be a leader — support a clean public power alternative.

KAREN NYHUS

Petaluma

Geothermal power

EDITOR: I read Monday's renewable energy letter (“Non-renewable Power”) with a mixture of amusement and horror. The writer asserts that geothermal energy, such as that produced by at The Geysers, is not renewable because it use will speed the cooling of Earth's interior. This is not true.

What the writer fails to appreciate is that most of the heat in Earth's interior is continuously produced by radioactive decay of naturally occurring isotopes. The estimated power from this radioactivity is 30,000 gigawatts, about twice the total human power use from all sources, including oil, gas, coal, hydropower, wind, solar and wood burning.

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