Letter to the Editor

Oppose proposal

San Luis ObispoJune 19, 2014 

It’s understandable that the general public would be overwhelmed by the fact that climate change is here, threatening life as we know it. Extreme weather events, drought, threatened economies, rising sea levels and severe air pollution are now part of our daily lives.

What can we do when faced with such a crushing challenge? Our first step is to accept that now is the time to “flip the switch” from fossil fuels to renewable energies. Scientific consensus tells us we can’t afford to wait. We must act now.

The Huasna Valley drilling proposal presents us with an opportunity for action. Aside from the ancillary concerns of traffic, noise, water quality, potential spills and fire risk, the most critical issue is the continued extraction of fossil fuel.

“The Carbon Tracker Initiative” cites that the total amount of known, extractable fossil fuel is currently five times the amount we can safely burn. So, why bother with finding more to burn?

Further oil exploration is not an option. Together, we can “flip the switch” from dirty to clean energy.

Our next step is action. Contact our county Board of Supervisors and tell them to oppose the Huasna Valley proposal.

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