Letter to Editor by Trisha Vigil, May 19, 2021

Anyone living through Oregon’s 2020 fires knows we are in a climate emergency.

We all need to understand that the prime cause for this climate crisis is our using fossil fuels: coal, oil and that fossil fuel flying under the benign name “natural gas.” The fossil (natural) gas industry consistently plies the scam that their product is clean. It is not!

Because of the vast leakage of methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times worse than carbon dioxide on a 20-year basis, during the fossil gas life cycle, this fuel is probably as bad a climate problem as coal and oil. Folks concerned about global warming, snowpack decline, droughts, climate change and fires should avoid gas.

To clean up our energy economy, we need to electrify as much as possible. Even when electricity is produced from fossil fuels, the greater efficiency of electric engines makes this energy source much less of a climate problem. Additionally, as wisdom triumphs in electricity generation, this process will be converted more and more to renewable energy sources putting all fossil fuel producers out of business.

Fossil gas companies are trying desperately to destroy global efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. We must fight back!

Trisha Vigil

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