Los Angeles Times

Stop buying dirty gas cars


Re: “To save us all, gas guzzlers have to die,” Mar. 1

Kudos to The Times for an editorial whose argument is irrefutabl­e. Virtually all credible sources stand behind its conclusion. That conclusion would have been bolstered even more by mentioning the fact that with our state having the nation’s worst air quality, respirator­y health alone would justify getting gasoline-powered vehicles off the road as soon as possible.

Perusing the California Air Resources Board website would give still unconvince­d readers informatio­n on the numerous studies conducted on childhood asthma and related illnesses that hospitaliz­e and sometimes kill California­ns prematurel­y.

Until we price carbon seriously, gas-guzzling vehicles may kill us even before global warming takes us off the proverbial cliff. We need Congress to act now.

Tom Osborne Laguna Beach

You make the case that “we” have to kill the internal combustion engine. But you write that “manufactur­ers are still making, and consumers are still buying” these polluting vehicles. It’s the second part of this sentence that “we” have control over.

While we continue to push for policies to transition away from dirty energy, those interested in making sure no more gasburning vehicles are ever made again should exercise their right not to buy a new gas car. If you want to see traditiona­l carmakers switch to only making electric vehicles, you need to stop buying gas cars. If they don’t make an EV you like, tell them you’ll wait.

Paul Scott Santa Monica


There’s too much talk about the importance of our personal automobile­s in relation to climate change. It’s understand­able. We all drive, and by doing so we know we’re contributi­ng to the problem. But focusing on any one segment of our economy to address climate change is a mistake.

Emissions are in everything we buy. Yet the price of goods does not reflect this danger, and so we have no understand­ing. So long as fossil fuels are cheap, we’ll continue to rely on them more than we should.

To get off fossil fuels globally we need to put a price on carbon as it enters the economy — and we need to ramp that price up as rapidly as possible. America can do this and can get the world to do the same.

Mark Tabbert Costa Mesa

Electric cars are tremendous, but they cost a lot of money. Regular people are not buying electric cars — because they cost too much. John Boyde Sierra Madre

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