Letters: Cut ferry smog; Yes on D (Bay fill vote)
- Published Thursday, November 1, 2001, in the San Francisco Chronicle
Letters to the Editor
FERRIES MUST PRODUCE LESS SMOG
Editor -- Testing of biodiesel on ferries is a great step toward
cleaning up dirty diesel marine engines on the bay ("Commuter ferry
goes organic," Oct. 26). To clarify a point: The emissions report
that found ferries to be more polluting per passenger mile than
diesel buses (and cars, too) was not just publicized but researched
and written by Bluewater Network.
To make water transit truly clean, the next generation of 70 or more
ferries being planned by the Water Transit Authority should utilize
non-diesel engines powered by natural gas, hybrid solar-electric,
hydrogen fuel cells or other low-polluting alternatives.
Bluewater Network is calling on the authority and operators such as
Golden Gate Ferry to lead the way in putting such vessels on the bay.
Ferry riders and the public can raise concerns about an expanded
ferry system during environmental hearings set for all nine Bay Area
counties in November and December.
PROP D -- YES
Editor -- Thank you for recommending a yes vote on Proposition D, to
give voters a chance to say yes or no to any city plan to fill a
major portion of San Francisco Bay for development. Right now, a few
political appointees make the decision for all of us.
Before San Francisco International Airport asks to build runways on
the bay, we ask that it consider all alternatives: new technology, a
regional airport, a second airport in the outer Bay Area and high-
speed rail as a comfortable alternative between downtown San
Francisco and downtown Los Angeles.
San Francisco Tomorrow
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