California and the climate

Tarta Smitheman, Pasadena
Pasadena Star News

Ricardo Lara’s op-ed, “Why California is going to the United Nations climate conference” (Nov. 9) resonates firstly because he mentions the smog that used to blanket Los Angeles. My great-grandmother moved to Pasadena in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, smog hid the mountains. When refuge inside could not soothe her respiratory ailments, my great-grandmother left Los Angeles. Nowadays, the San Gabriels are my visual solace, year-round, especially near twilight when the spines of ridge lines, the architecture of these mountains, are laid bare, highlighted. God bless the Clean Air Act.

And bless those politicians (like Lara and Judy Chu) who choose to mitigate climate change. In addition, we should always focus first on what’s bipartisan: carbon fee and dividend, repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, extending Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy and pushing for some of the cuts based on the Green Scissors report.  There is much good work to be done.


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