To the editor: Sixty-5 years in the past, once I was with the then-County of Los Angeles Air Air pollution Controls District, air air pollution in elements of Los Angeles County was so dangerous that if considered one of us went to discuss what was referred to as “smog” to a service membership in Pasadena, we have been ordered to go in pairs in order that the speaker wouldn’t be crushed up. (Re: “State restricted in its battle to save lots of anti-smog guidelines,” Aug. three)
Efforts by the APCD to wash the air weren’t straightforward. Industrial companies and their associations fought strongly towards pricey controls. However the will of the individuals for cleaner air prevailed, and each supply of air pollution was managed to an ideal extent.
Now, the Republican Congress and President Trump — bowing to industrial companies and their associations — need to curb efforts to regulate present and future air air pollution. Does Southern California need to return to the darkish ages sixty five years in the past by which we discovered ourselves choking and coughing whereas our eyes burned? I do not assume so. However we now have to let the Republican Congress understand how we really feel.
Martin A. Brower, Corona del Mar
To the editor: Mitch McConnell and Republicans couldn’t create demise panels by killing the ACA healthcare act, however these “Dr. Deaths” are usually not stopping.
They now need People to endure and die slower deaths, by killing air air pollution legal guidelines.
Keep in mind that eliminating the EPA was certainly one of Donald Trump’s guarantees.
Roger Newell, San Diego
To the editor: It’s comprehensible that there’s push-again to guidelines and laws, and California should get on board with efforts to scale back the burdens they trigger. We’ve gone past the purpose of diminishing returns with the quantity and complexity of laws.
Nevertheless, the significance of unpolluted air, and the necessity to scale back the worst results of local weather change, require an answer.
Thankfully, I feel the supply of most of our issues is straightforward to determine: the extraction, refinement and burning of fossil gasoline. Cease them, and most air air pollution goes away, whereas additionally heading off a serious explanation for local weather change.
We’d like a critical plan to place a worth on carbon. We will do that with out extra guidelines and laws with a carbon dividend program. Such proposals ship the cash collected to spice up the financial system with “dividends” despatched to taxpayers, or with tax cuts. Let market forces discover the perfect replacements for soiled fossil fuels.
E. J. Parker, Lengthy Seashore
To the editor: I grew up in Los Angeles within the Nineteen Fifties and 60s. Our play as youngsters was interrupted by a respiration deficit and ache within the lungs and throat. Our eyes harm. We couldn’t see throughout city, and the Hollywood signal and the ocean have been seen just a few days a yr. This was on account of smog.
The anti-regulation crowd has created the “straw man” that management of air pollution is a bureaucratic nuisance of no worth. On the contrary, Southern California can be unlivable if we had not made the trouble to regulate air air pollution.
The Republican proposal to strip California of the facility to regulate sources of smog is an existential menace to the well being and financial improvement of California, notably, Southern California.
Trump’s allies would gladly destroy our lifestyle. We should resist. This can be a second of reckoning for Southern California.
Jonathan Greenspan, Westlake Village
To the editor: So Republicans are prepared to place enterprise pursuits forward of a wholesome populace. What else is new? Is there no finish to their greed and shortsighted considering?
Will all of us be sporting fuel masks in California simply to maintain from dying? What about those that cannot afford to purchase fuel masks?
Oh, I forgot. We do not care about them. Our medical insurance definitely will not pay for fuel masks. That’s, if we nonetheless have medical insurance.
Diana Wolff, Rancho Palos Verdes
To the editor: Whereas I sympathize with areas just like the Central Valley for being averse to Clear Air Act laws over which they haven’t any management, they’re typically those who will profit probably the most — well being-clever — from cleaner air requirements.
I applaud the progress California has made in switching to renewable power and electrical automobiles and deplore any actions that may halt our progress. Till we not want fossil fuels, nevertheless, a program that wants congressional consideration and help is a carbon payment and dividend plan.
Linda Rose, Carpinteria
To the editor: I grew up in L.A. earlier than emission controls. I keep in mind the expertise of choking after swimming or different vigorous actions.
In my mid-30s, I discovered how particulate matter in smog had broken my higher respiratory system to the purpose the place I used to be struggling continual bronchitis and pneumonia.
I’m positive glad to listen to how Congress needs to weaken these laws. I wouldn’t need to deprive my youngsters of the identical sorts of expertise I had rising up.
Invoice Robertson, Santa Barbara