TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding California Gov. Jerry Brown's Final Say quote (Sept. 24): Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board and Brown are absolutely right. If "national security" is a key issue for the USA, then rolling back incentives to develop new technologies is a strange way to protect it.
At one time, America may have been a leader of the global automotive industry, but those days are long past. Europe, Japan and South Korea all have far more influence on the global vehicle industry today, both in terms of vehicle manufacturing and control of critical technologies. China is just racing to get its share of this pie, and its government has wisely concluded that electric vehicles are the way to do it.
Of course, we can hide behind import tariffs and protect further decline of the U.S. automotive industry. We can also make the American auto industry great again by being the world's largest producer of dinosaurs.
ALAN MARTIN, Managing partner, MergerChoices, Bradenton, Fla. MergerChoices advises clients on growth strategy through mergers and acquisitions in the global automotive industry.