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Maui fires are warning to California: Expand urban solar now

To the editor: Due to The Instances for highlighting the numerous methods for saving folks as soon as fiery disasters have began. California may study some classes about easy methods to cease these disasters within the first place.

California is crisscrossed by energy transmission strains that carry electrical energy over the mountains and thru the forests from as far-off as Nevada. It’s unattainable to bury all of them.

In the meantime, our cities, which devour a lot of the electrical energy, nonetheless lack widespread rooftop photo voltaic. The place are the photo voltaic panels on our colleges, our warehouses, our parking tons, our stadiums, our big-box shops, our authorities buildings, you title it?

The fantastic thing about rooftop photo voltaic is that electrical energy is used on the level of era. With backup batteries, no long-distance transmission strains are wanted.

Hawaii and California are each bathed in daylight. It’s a crying disgrace that Lahaina had not gone fully photo voltaic years in the past. Let that be the lesson for our Golden State.

Sarah Starr, Los Angeles


To the editor: Information tales have referred to the Maui fires as a “pure catastrophe,” a product of local weather change.

There was nothing “pure” within the years of ecological and environmental degradation inflicted on the Hawaiian islands by means of years of colonial growth and deforestation, agricultural change and growth. Island-sustaining ecosystems have been destroyed and changed with geographical wind ramps and huge flammable nonnative grasslands.

The newest Worldwide Panel on Local weather Change Synthesis Report hyperlinks the impacts of colonial motion to environmental injury resulting in worsening local weather change. As we speak’s persevering with colonial mentality of unchecked useful resource use received’t yield a special consequence.

If the causes of Maui’s destruction have been in any approach “pure,” let’s look to human nature.

Jorge Fulco, Santa Barbara


To the editor: I’m all the time baffled that even now, after many years of analysis and spot-on information projections, there are individuals who can’t acknowledge excessive floods and fires as our fault.

Through the years the media have printed lists of locations you possibly can transfer to to flee local weather change. The house race is about studying easy methods to reside in beforehand uninhabitable environments. The irony is that each technological development has come at the price of our Goldilocks residence.

Cryptocurrency is power intensive. So is synthetic intelligence. But we nonetheless haven’t kicked our fossil-fuel power habit.

As an alternative of preserving the fragile stability of Earth’s programs by pricing the price of carbon upfront, we selected to burn down the banyan tree, put human lives in hurt’s approach and cry about it after the very fact. If that weren’t the case, we’d have had a carbon tax by now.

Pam Brennan, Newport Seaside

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