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Letters: Cut ferry smog; Yes on D (Bay fill vote)

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  • 11/1 SF Chronicle
    Published Thursday, November 1, 2001, in the San Francisco Chronicle Letters to the Editor FERRIES MUST PRODUCE LESS SMOG Editor -- Testing of biodiesel on
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2001
      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.

      Teri Shore
      Bluewater Network
      San Francisco


      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.

      Jane Morrison
      President
      San Francisco Tomorrow


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