EDITOR: Climate change is a reality that we must plan for and attempt to ameliorate. Our family tries to bike rather than drive, turns off lights and makes small changes that can slowly add up to a larger impact.
But as much as our family tries to help, the reality is that larger institutional changes are necessary and should be implemented as soon as possible. We must make more than slow progress on transitioning to renewable energy.
If we stick with PG&E as a monopoly, it will continue to get cleaner power bit by bit – mostly because regulators force them to.
Sonoma Clean Power, on the other hand, aims to tap the potential for getting our electricity from clean, local sources as rapidly as possible. The change in power sources won't be immediate but hopefully the change in philosophy will be.
We can begin the transition to local power and make it a primary focus.
I am proud to live in Sonoma County where people aren't afraid of the future. Let's show the world how to get rid of fossil fuels.
EDITOR: To those who decry the overturning of Proposition 8 using the argument that “government by the people” has been destroyed, I say: read your history. The initiative process began with the noble idea of giving California voters some power against the elite railroad's robber barons' ability to have laws passed to their benefit. It was supposed to level the playing field of politics.
Now the initiative process has been hijacked by big money from states that don't want to see California setting any precedents that could adversely affect them. The bottom line: You can't make discrimination legal, which is what Proposition 8 did.
And how do California voters who were wrongly influenced by TV ads paid for by out-of-state money represent the will of the people? They don't.
What is truly frightening and deserving of a letter is that four justices of the U.S. Supreme Court thought it was OK to uphold discrimination. That is scary.