Opinion

Country needs to move off fossil fuels

A view from the residential area next to the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington, California, on July 20, 2013.
A view from the residential area next to the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington, California, on July 20, 2013. Los Angeles Times

Earth creatures, like humans, need a little atmospheric CO2 to keep the planet warm enough for life. Too much CO2 traps excessive heat from the sun. Venus has far too much CO2 and a temperature of 800 degrees.

Academies of science and the UN’s climate expert panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, say CO2 should never rise above 350 parts per million maximum. We just passed 400 PPM and are rising.

Gov. Jerry Brown is right now trying to lead California, the U.S. and the world to lower emissions.

But many fear curtailing burning fossil fuel to reduce CO2 emissions will hurt business and jobs.

But if we do not reduce CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuel, businesses will be the first to suffer. A UC Davis study already showed California agriculture has lost $2.2 billion in 2014 from climate change-induced drought.

To stop fossil fuel emissions, a powerful source of energy is needed. Many scientists believe only nuclear power has that capability. It already produces 63 percent of clean electricity in the U.S.

Contact your legislators and demand they get us off fossil fuel and onto wind, solar and nuclear! We need a mix of energy.

Joseph Ivora, Orcutt

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