Jim Vint’s response to the San Luis Obispo City Council voting to divest from fossil fuels is the same kind of hysterical knee-jerk, short-sighted view that has kept us moving at a snail’s pace toward a clean energy future.
Turning his argument on its head, true “big picture” thinkers can see that the road ahead must be paved with solar, wind and other clean technologies for us to survive our warming planet.
To continue with “business as usual” is to condemn us to a future of the increasingly uncomfortable ill effects of climate change — warmer temperatures, acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels.
If we want to avoid the catastrophic scenario that will occur if we continue merrily down the CO2-emitting fossil fuel road, then understanding and responding to the world as it truly is will be crucial.
Vint’s small-minded views of maintaining the status quo will not take us there.
I applaud the San Luis Obispo City Council’s actions to protect its citizenry.
That is, in part, the job of government — and in making the decisive move away from dirty fossil fuels, they are moving with the mainstream to take us into a more secure clean energy future.