Fossil fuel use must come to end

Two articles in the March 20 Herald presented an ironic contrast. One article on page A5 lamented a $2 billion loss for utility companies as customers install solar power on rooftops, reducing the amount of income for the power companies and causing the cancellation of future power plants. These future power plants would doubtless burn some form of fossil fuel. The article did not mention the effects on the environment from the burning of fossil fuels.

On page A7 is an article telling of the changes in the marine environment caused by the large amount of carbon dioxide that is going into the atmosphere and then into the oceans. Many marine organisms are being put at risk from the increasingly corrosive waters caused by the burning of fossil fuel.

The article made me proud of Snohomish County PUD. Instead of lamenting the loss of power from fossil fuel, our PUD is helping PUD customers to reduce their use of electricity, while also supporting other sources of electricity, such as wind and solar power. These transitions in our society will require some changes, such as improving the power grid, but they will result in a better world for our grandchildren, as well as for the marine life that is struggling now.

Carolyn Chapel


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