By Ronald Bacon, San Juan Capistrano
If our elected city leaders wish to join you in making a cause out of anthropogenic climate change, then they can do so after either being voted out of office or simply resigning, thus maintaining a separation between state and religion. There is a significant difference between arguing that humans “contribute” to climate change and stating that human activity actually drives the changes being reported. As I read the literature, the question of whether or not humans are the driving force in climate change is unproven and unsupported by the latest evidence. We can all agree that taking care of our surroundings and environment is good and responsible, and I am glad to join you in that effort. The aspiration of “banning fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025” is one of religious zealotry and not science. You would be far more believable and effective if you were advocating for nuclear energy, given that it is far more effective in cost and space than solar or wind for energy generation and is entirely clean in its emissions into the atmosphere. Opposition to nuclear energy generation is based on unfounded fears and outdated technology and could use support of those fearing an “eight-year” opportunity window to address energy emission levels.