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Last time I looked, your paper was called the East Bay Express, not the Alameda County Express. I get that endorsements are labor intensive as your editorial board needs to interview all the candidates.
Nonetheless, leaving out Richmond is a serious dereliction of duty. Richmond has the most vibrant progressive electoral organization in the Bay Area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which could easily take a clear majority of the City Council if either of their candidates, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, wins in November. There is also a rent control ordinance on the ballot that could easily win
None of that counts to you all. Shame on you.
Actually, in places that have placed a tax on sodas and sugary drinks, consumption has gone down. And it is poor people who are both most likely to get diabetes and also have least access to dental and medical coverage to deal with the problems.
Link about soda tax decreasing consumption:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/upshot/yes-soda-taxes-seem-to-cut-soda-drinking.html?_r=0
Link about poverty being a cause of diabetes:
Thank you for writing about the attempt to limit carbon and other emissions by refineries. Author and climate activist, Bill McKibben, has said that negotiating with basic physics is a losing proposition. He means that no matter what we do, adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere will make things worse. Worse means more droughts, floods, fires, rising sea level that could put large parts of the Bay Area (and all coastal zones) underwater and the possibility of huge famines due to water shortages and changing weather patterns.
Given how bad things already are and certain to become worse, anything that reduces carbon emissions more quickly is the right thing to do. The "logical and reasonable" arguments of government bureaucrats and fossil fuel company representatives should be ignored as the baloney it is. I urge everybody reading this story to contact the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors and urge them to make sure that the caps on refinery emissions are enforced. If one of the directors is your county or city representative, contact them. If not, choose one or more and contact them anyway. Link to Board Members and contact information: http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-the-air-distri…
If the City Council votes yes on this outrageous plan to export coal, they are complicit in the crime of planetary ecocide due to global warming. That is an issue that needs no further study. 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and it has already caused many problems including floods, droughts, greater severity in storms, and it will lead to all of our coastlines going underwater due to rising sea levels. The primary cause of this climate catastrophe, they all agree, is burning fossil fuels, of which coal is the worst.
That alone should be the beginning and end of discussion on this plan. That it has a chance, even in the face of overwhelming evidence referenced above about global warming, is a tribute to madness of public policy discussion in Oakland. I wish I could say that madness about climate change was confined to Oakland. Sadly, it is replicated throughout nearly all of our nation's and the world's communities.
I applaud Senator Hancock for doing the right thing. Too many politicians roll over and play dead when offered money by the fossil fuel industry.
Given that January and February of this year are so far off the top of the charts when it comes to high temperatures, all of human society should be accelerating our move to get off fossil fuels rather than figuring out ways to burn more.
Exporting coal to burn in Asia is madness as it will contribute to rising sea levels in the Bay Area, to more droughts, floods, fires and more violent storms and hurricanes. Is that a future we want to give to our children and grandchildren?
Saying NO to coal should be a no-brainer. Because of global warming, because coal dust causes respiratory problems. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground or we could literally cause our own extinction as a species. Or if it is not that bad, we could easily see large parts of the Bay Area underwater due to sea level rise. Not to mention worse droughts, worse floods, worse storms. It is madness to even consider this plan.
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