Opinion: Debate over banning natural gas use in San Diego homes is heating up

Banning natural gas is not the right solution

On “San Diego to Ban Natural Gas in New Homes and Businesses as Part of Climate Action” (3 Aug): The plan to ban natural gas in all new homes is just another example of a highly ideological war between left-wing activists and the Democrats against american energy. We would rather buy oil from oligarchs than be totally energy independent (like we were under President Donald Trump) and support our overseas allies.

Joe Biden promised he would end America’s use of fossil fuels and see where that got us. The cost of everything has skyrocketed, causing unprecedented hardship for countless Americans. Where does the San Diego City Council say the electricity comes from? Electricity is and will remain a secondary energy source. We get most of it from coal, natural gas and oil. As California shuts down its nuclear power plants, my guess is that our new sources of energy will come from our long-winded, bloated politicians.

Kathleen La Grua

Escondido

I am happy about this step to help the environment

On “San Diego failed to implement its last climate protection plan. Will it be different this time?” (August 4): I was pleased to read about the adoption of San Diego’s new climate action plan, including banning natural gas from new builds as other forward-thinking cities have done. The supply of fossil gas is finite, and even if it weren’t for climate change, we would eventually stop burning when supplies ran out – so what a waste it would be to build more infrastructure for it now.

Phasing out natural gas is a step in the right direction towards a post-fossil, clean energy economy. Renovating existing buildings sounds daunting, but converting gas-powered appliances to all-electric appliances when they reach replacement age can phase them out over a replacement cycle. In addition to the benefits for our climate, not using natural gas from the homes improves the air quality for the families living there.

Stephen Tanner

look at the table

The affluent have a role to play in this crisis

When will it be acceptable to ask the hard questions of the financially affluent, who bemoan the prevalence of heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and flash floods: Do you have solar panels on your home? Is your vehicle electric? do you fly long haul do you eat a lot of meat Do you buy fast fashion?

If you say no to the first two and yes to the last three, you are contributing significantly and directly to the problems you are complaining about. It is time to recognize that individuals must change our behavior if we are to have any chance of avoiding our beautiful earth being turned into an uninhabitable wasteland. look around The future climate scientists warned us about is here.

Judith Legget

Escondido

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The gas vs. electric debate is taking a new turn

Regarding “San Diego Bans Natural Gas in New Homes and Businesses as Part of Climate Action” (3 August): On page A1 you will find an article on how we will replace all our natural gas appliances with new electrical ones. Page A2 reports on the expansion of operations at the Redondo Beach gas-fired power plant to prevent power outages.

Let’s see, we can burn the gas to drive a giant turbine to generate electricity, and then pipe it to my house through miles of wires to power a newly manufactured water heater to make hot water, or we can use it in mine water burn heater.

I wonder which option is more efficient.

Giles Blair

Carlsbad

On “Wildfire season brings power shutdowns. SDG&E has a plan for customers in San Diego” (3 August): The San Diego Climate Action Plan calls for the ban on natural gas and the exclusive use of electricity for all new construction in San Diego.

But this summer, San Diego Gas & Electric is again planning power shutdowns during our wildfire season. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Peter Ward

la jolla

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