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Analysis: Recent California newspaper editorials



Marin has a lot further to go in providing convenient plug-in stations around the county. Many were installed over the past year, but Marin needs more.

Today, there are only 73 stations — and some are sometimes rendered useless when other motorists use them to park their gas-powered vehicles.

But more electric cars and greater public awareness about the stations should help resolve those conflicts.

And more businesses will conclude that having readily available stations is a good way to attract shoppers.

A 2011 report by the Transportation Authority of Marin outlined plans for a five-year initiative to install 176 charging stations at 72 locations across the county.

In January 2011, while marking the opening of three charging stations at three county facilities, Supervisor Steve Kinsey said, This important step is part of Marin County’s contribution to a region-wide effort to become a national leader in EV deployment.

TAM and the Marin Energy Authority should make growing the number of stations in Marin a planning priority.

MEA not only should focus on creating opportunities for stations, but also having them powered by its renewable power.

Growing demand for plug-in cars also requires making sure power stations’ availability and locations are easy for motorists to find.

The convenience of charging stations, along with the increasing distance plug-ins can go between charges, also will create a stronger demand.

Longtime electric car advocate, Dale Miller of San Rafael, has taken driving green to a higher level, installing solar panels on his home to charge his Tesla.

Electric cars help reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, but the vehicles do consume electrical power, often generated by nonrenewable sources.

The cars may not spew greenhouse gas from their tailpipes, but the electricity powering them isn’t always green.

Miller is a good example of the potential win/win, with solar panels powering his plug-in for his car at home. He estimates the solar panels cut his per-mile cost in half, to 2 cents per mile.

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Certainly, plug-in cars still represent a small slice of Marin’s automotive population. But that share is growing and so is the need for charging stations.


March 4

Merced Sun-Star: State should not wait for Congress to protect kids’ privacy

As kids step into the Internet, adults need to provide basic protection.

In that spirit, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced Senate Bill 1177, which seeks to protect the privacy of children using educational software and to prevent companies from tailoring ads for them.

Congress should set a national standard prohibiting websites from tracking kids’ Internet movements, and using that information to market to them. Bills are pending in the House and Senate. But California should not wait for the feds to act.

A recent New York Times story noted that educational software intended for minors was a $7.97 billion business in 2011-12. It is sure to grow, as teachers find new ways to use online services and applications to help teach, and to tailor lessons for individual children.

Last year, Steinberg won approval for a broader measure prohibiting Internet markets from knowingly targeting minors, or allowing others to compile and use personal information about minors.

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