Pleased with new power plant rules

I was heartened to see President Barack Obama take a stand against the influence of Big Oil and our gridlocked Congress, which together have blocked major climate regulations thus far.

The EPA's new power plant rule provides each state with the flexibility to craft its own plan for reaching carbon emission goals in a realistic and adaptable way. These changes are a critical first step toward moving away from our reliance on climate-altering fossil fuels.

In California, we are already feeling the impacts of climate change through frequent wildfires, drought and the threat of sea level rise, which could inundate coastal cities. However, the false panaceas of natural gas and nuclear energy should not be the replacement for coal and oil.

Both of these energy production processes have been extremely detrimental to the environment and public health over their life span, causing countless explosions, polluted aquifers, gas leaks, methane releases and increased levels of cancer and other debilitating illnesses in the communities where they operate.

I hope to see energy sources that are truly safe and renewable replace fossil fuels in this country once and for all.

Morissa Zuckerman

Oakland

Feinstein wrong on dispensary facts

Sen. Dianne Feinstein ought to fact check her statements on medical marijuana if she thinks that the Obama administration is going after so-called rogue dispensaries, which according to her "are prevalent throughout California."

When the Justice Department threatened hundreds of California landlords with seizure of their property unless they evicted their medical marijuana dispensary tenants, more than 600 state-compliant facilities were forced to shut down.

Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary operator Aaron Sandusky had not violated any local or state laws when the DOJ prosecuted and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison, where he now sits.

Oakland medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center and its landlord are still being sued by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag at taxpayers' expense. Neither Harborside, nor the two other facilities being sued by Haag in San Francisco and Berkeley, have violated any local or state laws.

If Feinstein has evidence of rogue dispensaries in California, she should present it. Otherwise, she should vote to restrict DOJ funds from being used in this way when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote later this summer.

Kris Hermes

Oakland

Keep your dogs out

of my grocery carts

OK, dog lovers, prepare to be offended.

Will you please keep your beloved pets out of grocery store shopping carts? Putting my food where you precious little "baby" has been sitting, shedding and licking is not my idea of healthy. Yeah, I know germy little kids ride there, too, but at least there is a layer of clothing between their butts and the carts.

I am a dog lover, too, but they do not belong in grocery carts. A little consideration please.

Ray Green

Hayward

Shouldn't print tired, old GOP arguments

Is the Bay Area News Group turning into the information service for the GOP?

A June 1 guest commentary by Dr. Jeffery Singer promotes talking points for the Cato Institute, a GOP "think tank." Suffice to say the tired argument presented has proved false.

But why present old arguments against something signed into law? It's an election year. It's bad enough to see Mallard Fillmore mining idiocy for humor, but I thought the editorial department was better than that.

James M. Miller

Castro Valley

Solid action coming on climate change

I was heartened to see your coverage of the May 6 federal government report on climate change followed by the increased efforts of the Obama administration to take solid action.

We must recognize that the immediate reduction of fossil fuels and the development of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, are critical decisions to be made today if our children are to reap the benefits.

Let's have the courage and common sense to put a price on carbon as soon as possible.

Wei-Tai Kwok

Lafayette