CPUC must stick to agreements
If you want to outrage people, just tell them they are subsidizing their rich neighbors. In particular, tell them the poor are subsidizing the rich.
The California Public Utilities Commission is gaslighting you to believe that poorer customers are subsidizing the cost of power for their richer solar-powered neighbors. They are trying to pit one group of customers against another. Actually, low-income people are themselves subsidized with the CARE discount. And solar customers are your average neighbors, not just the rich.
Still, to fix this alleged injustice, the CPUC wants to 1) reduce the buyback rate for extra power generated by solar households; and 2) also charge solar households an extra $57a month to maintain the grid.
The CPUC’s argument that some customers are subsidizing others is a red herring and, in truth, meaningless argument. First, to an extent, most people “subsidize” something for someone else. It’s called living in a society. Income tax rates are 10%-37%, so higher-rate taxpayers subsidize lower-rate taxpayers. Proposition 13 means someone can be paying treble the property taxes of their neighbor for the same public services. Your taxes pay for schools even if you have no kids.
Second, people install solar for the environmental reason and to save money in the long term. Like financing a car, they make a deal so they can budget their future expenses. To allow the power companies to later change the deal should be illegal. That would be like your auto financing company later raising your interest rate because they decide they regret the deal they gave you.
The CPUC is the 800-pound gorilla. They decide the deal they made is no longer benefitting them, so they want to strong-arm a change favorable to them. Don’t let them weasel out of their agreements.
Alison Carlson, Ventura
Need universal gun control
Re: Rev. Linda Calderon’s Jan. 3 letter, “Guns don’t intensify crime”:
Rev. Calderon claims guns don’t intensify crime rates. Perhaps she can explain why Japan have almost zero gun homicides when they eliminated guns from society? Same with Australia. She mentions Chicago gun homicides. FBI data shows guns in Chicago are imported from surrounding states with no gun control. Guns in L.A. flow from Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Gun control needs to be universal in all states. Gun control is not effective if you can walk across the border and get yourself any weapon you want. It’s got nothing to do with any gods, of which there are in excess of 3,000. Creating imaginary beings in the sky doesn’t work to solve gun homicides. We need to get guns, ammunition, and gun parts of the streets. It will not be solved overnight obviously.
George Pohoski, Camarillo
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Letters: The gaslighting by CPUC; gun control must be universal