Fight climate change and ease into future of all-electric cars by mandating hybrids

Fight climate change and ease into future of all-electric cars by mandating hybrids

Regarding “Push needed to hit climate goals” (Editorial, Sept. 11): My suggestion is to mandate that all new light-duty vehicles sold in the U.S. beginning with the 2027 model year be hybrids.

My husband and I own a 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid (non-plugin) that has averaged 44.5 miles per gallon over 13,000 miles, almost twice the mileage of the gasoline version. The battery is charged as you drive. We only paid about $2,000 more for our hybrid compared to the gas model.

Our two college-age grandsons drive previously owned Ford C-Max hybrids and our daughter just purchased a Ford Maverick hybrid (small truck), and they all average over 40 mpg.

If all new cars were hybrids, gasoline usage and carbon emissions would be cut in half almost immediately at very little cost increase.

Bio-fuel, electric and hydrogen vehicles could follow in 2035 as the California Air Resources Board has mandated.

Rosemary Lake, San Leandro

Priced out of wineries

Regarding “Wineries eager for fall after dry tourist season” (Bay Area & Business, Sept. 11): All I can say is “get a grip!” I moved to the Bay Area in 1980 when the only winery that charged for tasting was Caymus, where you paid $3 to taste excellent wine and got a souvenir glass to take home. 

Napa wineries wonder where their customers are when they expect you to pay hundreds of dollars for a few sips — and by reservation only. Hotels for a mere $950 a night and bookings are down? 

Come on folks, get serious. Wineries have priced wine tasting out of most people’s budgets and taken all the fun out of it. It’s a sad story indeed but the industry has no one to blame but itself. 

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You can still head up to Amador County and taste some excellent California wine for free.

Glenn Appell, Oakland

Vote on the issues

Regarding “Shifting election could aid Breed” (Front Page, Sept. 12) Is the election for San Francisco mayor really solely about which faction, progressive or moderate, turns out to vote? The article suggests nothing else matters.

The truth is that Mayor London Breed has no likely opponent on the horizon. No local leader that I am aware of has even suggested possibly challenging her. This could change, however, if the mayor missteps. With her poll numbers as low as they reportedly are, not least because of the failure of her administration to deal substantially with the homeless crisis, another dramatic failing in her mayorship could galvanize an opponent to declare for the office.

This could present her with a real challenge. The reality is that it’s not about which electoral faction turns out. The election will be about issues — if the mayor has done what she ran on and whether the city is better off. 

To suggest moderates would turn out to support a failed mayor would be wishful thinking, not data analysis.

Alan Collins, San Francisco

Ghosts of Russell City

Regarding “Tracing remnants after erasure of Bay Area town” (Bay Area & Business, Sept. 11): As a kid, in San Francisco, I would hear about Russell City, but then all mention of it stopped. I used to wonder what happened to it, thinking that I must have been hearing about Foster City. This is yet another instance of the white power structure stealing land from Black folks, this time, recently. So sad, so sad.

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Michael Benardo, Vallejo

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