Regarding the Oct. 15 story, “Belmont moves toward all electric buildings,” I appreciate the city of Belmont looking for ways to address global warming, air pollution and climate change.

I think the city should take a more holistic approach because carbon dioxide does not stop at the Belmont city border. There are nearly 500 incorporated cites and towns in California. Having individual cities institute their own brand of justice for a global problem is simply poor public policy. At a minimum this should be a uniform statewide requirement. I would suggest the city of Belmont work with our elected state representatives, the California League of Cities, the California Building industries Association and others and develop something for the governor’s blessing.

This way, Californians would have a statewide, uniform and consistent energy plan for new and existing buildings as well as being able to plan for additional energy requirements. 

David Altscher


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Sounds more like a state wide plan to drive business out of CA. Green energy isn't ready for prime time because the cost of storing it would drive up energy prices 4x.

Terence Y

But, Mr. Altscher, are you going to relocate the hundred plus existing gas power plants? Where are you going to put all those new natural-gas or other fossil-fuel derived electricity generating plants to meet this new demand? In other states? Carbon emissions do not stop at state borders. Of course, I’m sure other states will be happy to provide electricity to Californians, for a markup (hefty depending upon demand). That’s assuming they don’t need electricity for their own state. If you thought electricity blackouts were bad now…

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