Letters to the Editor

Vital to our future

We are voting for Heidi Harmon for state Assembly because she has the clear-sightedness and optimism to recognize that climate change is the most serious issue we face and that opportunities exist — if we act now — to avoid its worst effects.

Leading climate change scientists now say that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced 80 percent by 2050 to avoid catastrophic effects, including the extinctions of most plant and animal species, possibly our own.

The challenge seems insurmountable, if you don’t consider another emerging reality. Clean and renewable energy sources — solar and wind — are rapidly reaching an economic tipping point that can drive rapid conversion of the world’s economy to one based on clean and renewable energy.

Winston Churchill once warned, “The era of procrastination, of halfmeasures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays is coming to its close.”

Heidi knows the era of delays on climate change has ended, and she is not turning away from the challenge.

Her opponent, Katcho Achadjian, on the other hand, is heavily vested in fossil fuels, accepts money from the Koch brothers, and thinks California should not be a leader in addressing the crisis.

Heidi is vital for our future.