Opinion: Will the invasion of Ukraine and the Russian oil ban delay the switch to green energy?

Can we survive a switch to green energy?

The gas rises. I have news for our Democrat friends, the Green New Deal is not ready for prime time, and the premature destruction of coal and oil will destroy everything.

Why can’t they see what is so obvious — without oil and gas, society will not grow, people will actually die, and the argument that “to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs” is very very myopic, suicidal and quite stupid.

Russ Stumman

Oil is the current lifeblood of modern civilization. It is needed everywhere and the economy is stressed as it wonders where the next barrel will come from.

President Biden is right to free up reserves to alleviate the immediate problem of scarcity, but we must always be mindful of winning humanity’s long-term war on climate change.

The price of oil has steadily increased with volatile fluctuations in times of uncertainty and conflict. With everyone at home feeling the pain of pumping gas right now, this should be a wake-up call to shift fervently to sustainable, stable power sources.

While what is happening to Ukraine is tragic and must be resolved quickly and with determination, let us not forget the long term and our responsibility towards future generations.

Christopher Allen
ocean side

Banning investment is not the right strategy

Re ‘San Diego County will divest from fossil fuel companies’ (March 3): The County Board of Supervisors issued a wildest proclamation when it ruled the county would not invest in fossil fuel companies fossils.

Have any of the supervisors read any of these companies’ annual reports? All invest in alternative energies. We will use as many fossil fuels as it takes to run our homes, factories, and cars until alternative energy and its supporting systems come online. The oil companies are aware of this. Prohibiting investments in these companies does not contribute an ounce of prevention to global warming. It’s just a hollow show.

Jack DeFranco

Transitioning from fossil fuels to net zero is a laudable goal, but must be done smartly.

Thirty percent of California’s electric power comes from within the state and 55 percent of its oil and gas comes from foreign countries at nearly $70 million a day. This makes California vulnerable to fluctuations in energy prices beyond its direct control. Combine these issues with the lack of national east/west oil/gas pipelines, the removal of in-place fossil fuel extraction, the closure of coal, gas and nuclear plants in favor of intermittent wind/solar dependent of backup and it’s easy to see why the prices of both electricity and gas are the highest in the United States.

Wind/solar power may be free, but harnessing and storing it is not.

California has the largest shale oil deposit in the United States and could become energy independent by using this gas to bridge the transition to small, zero-carbon nuclear reactors.

Paul Fundingland
Pacific Beach

It’s time to get creative with reducing gas consumption in the United States. How about eliminating Saturday mail deliveries? Maybe Amazon, UPS, FEDEX could voluntarily drop Sunday deliveries. And the rest of us need to cut more unnecessary travel.

Bob Schmidt

The price of gasoline is a good reason to buy an electric car

Re “San Diego Gas Prices Hit New High” (March 4): So what do you think is the latest excuse for high gas prices in Southern California?

There is a war and there could be a shortage? A gas plant is down for maintenance? Want to change formula? More and more people are buying/using electric cars and we need to make up the difference? We just need more profit margin even though we are already making billions? Because we can?

The gas companies might help people by not being so greedy, but, sigh. Preach to the choir, I know. Great advertisement for a hybrid or electric car.

Barbara Mitchell
ocean side

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