In response to the recent letter bemoaning the high price of gasoline in California, I offer this: I believe in science, and I want my grandchildren to enjoy a happy, safe world.
Climatologists tell us that burning fossil fuels is the major cause of global warming and that we must slow this existential threat to our planet. Perhaps the writer hasn’t noticed the red, smoky skies, the drought, the reduced Sierra snowpack, the firestorms raging worldwide, the drastically low groundwater levels in the Salinas and Pajaro valleys, and the 115 degree record-breaking temperatures inland. NASA projects a 1-foot sea level rise by 2100, putting parts of Salinas and Watsonville underwater. Climatologists tell us these trends will continue, and in our grandchildren’s lifetime societal breakdown is a real possibility.
Whatever we can do to use less gasoline — including taxing it — is an investment for our grandkids.
— Don Eggleston, Aptos
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