Scaling back wind farm
hurts climate efforts
Re. “Wind farm redo to power 47,000 homes,” Page A1, Sept. 25:
While I am a member of the Audubon Society, I find the scale down of the proposed project by a factor of three versus the loss of raptors totally unbalanced.
As deplorable as the loss is, eventually raptors will learn to avoid these blades. Animals do adapt: Deer have learned to avoid hunters by laying still, a technique that would be disastrous with mountain lions.
Renewable energy is the lifeline for our future. We should research ultrasound sound emission so raptors stay away, or look into suitable decoys. Should the problems persist, additional breeding programs could take care of the loss. Some 2 billion songbirds in the U.S. alone are killed by house cats each year, without any action there.
If we don’t get the energy and climate problem under control, raptors will, unfortunately, become an afterthought.
The A’s do deserve
better … ownership
The writer of the “A’s deserve better than half-empty Coliseum” (Page A6, Sept. 29) was correct A’s players and fans deserve better. But the solution is not to let the team go; rather the owner to invest more or sell the team.
The team has had and can draw 3 million fans when it has a great team. The owner appears to be making a profit at the expense of fielding a team that is more competitive and has more depth. Instead, he should consider his income is in the immense appreciation of the team’s value since he purchased it. Until then, we will continue to see our star players leave, like Marcus Semien, and fewer fans.
The owner also needs to stop talking about moving to Las Vegas.
Lastly, the owner should be “rooted in Oakland” and consider the Coliseum site if the Howard Terminal project cannot go forward. And if not, sell the team.
State PG&E takeover
could help solar access
I believe it is time for the state to take over PG&E, and, instead of raising rates on solar power, make our gas and electricity as inexpensive as possible.
The more solar energy, the less need for fire-causing utility poles, and the more secure our environment from fires and climate change.
The talk of burying the utility lines is simply appeasement. It would be unbelievably costly and take years and years. Much better if small towns in fire areas could generate electricity through their own solar and wind power.
Expanded solar would
improve climate, fires
I am writing in response to Rene Wise’s letter (“Governor must act to save rooftop solar,” Page A6, Sept. 30). There are many compelling reasons to combat PG&E’s blatant attempt to limit solar power.
We currently have two of the largest forest fires caused by PG&E’s lack of regard for our safety, with many homes lost and lives disrupted. If we spend money on wind and solar power with battery backup for many small communities in forested areas, we would not have forest fires caused by unmaintained power lines. Every watt created by solar or wind power also reduces the threat of climate change.
Please write to our governor and the California Public Utilities Commission to increase solar energy.
Bias is evident in
Petito case coverage
The case of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito shook the entire country over the last few weeks. Unlike other cases, the extensive news coverage, FBI involvement, and sense of urgency have helped her family in finding her.
The suspension of news anchor Frank Somerville (“KTVU again removes Frank Somerville from the air,” Page B3, Sept. 26) reflects how the media does not address the inequality people of color experience and left a bad taste in the Bay Area communities’ mouths. He pointed out the difference between this case and those of missing women of color and indigenous women who haven’t been found. Somerville, unlike others, stepped up and said what had to be said.
Although Gabby Petito’s case is absolutely heartbreaking, Somerville is right. There is an obvious issue of hundreds of cases of women of color and indigenous women being swept under the rug and have received no justice. There needs to be equal energy toward people of color cases as there is for cases like Gabby Petito.