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A golden opportunity 

On July 12, the day that New Times published its excellent cover article about Measure G ("Conflicting visions"), 26 environmental scientists wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown to point out that "limiting temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius and reducing atmospheric CO2 levels to below 350 parts per million as quickly as possible is critical for avoiding the most dangerous harms from climate change." They noted that "California's crude oil is among the dirtiest and most carbon intensive in the world" and pulling more oil, gas, and coal from "the world's already developed, operating oil, gas, and coal fields" would mean a global temperature rise exceeding 2 degrees: "Thus, there is simply no room in the carbon budget for any new fossil fuel extraction."

The scientists informed the governor that "new approvals of fossil fuel infrastructure projects ... further exacerbate 'carbon lock-in' because such projects require upfront investment, incentivizing continued operation for decades into the future. Ending the approval of new fossil fuel projects would avoid the lock-in of decades' worth of fossil fuel production and associated emissions."

Whatever the governor does, SLO County voters are in a unique position to address this problem by voting yes on Measure G.

Chuck Tribbey

chair

Santa Lucia chapter of the Sierra Club

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