To the editor: The Dec. 2 explainer on carbon pricing quotes Frank Incropera, author of “Climate Change: A Wicked Problem.”
In the book, Incropera distinguishes between a “tame problem” — which has a defined cause, objectives and output — and a “wicked problem,” which is multifaceted, contradictory and constantly changing.
Wicked problems involve chains of issues that generate different, changing solutions. They touch on social, economic, moral, energy and justice issues at the same time. Climate change is such a problem.
Penelope Mann, Claremont
To the editor: While California officials are in Paris bragging about how green the Golden State is, the Public Utilities Commission is quietly preparing to deliver a catastrophic blow to the booming solar industry.
Second, the PUC is considering watering down the Net Energy Metering program that incentivizes homes and businesses to go solar. If the monopoly utilities have their way, solar owners will be hit with new monthly fees and paid less for the surplus electricity they generate, making it uneconomical for most people to install solar.
Bonjour, Paris. Au revoir, solar.
Erica Etelson, Berkeley
The writer is a founding member of Californians for Energy Choice.