Letter: Action, not awareness, needed in global warming – The Mercury News

Action, not awareness,
needed in global warming

Re: “Global warming concerns rise among Americans” (Page A4, Jan. 23, Mercurynews.com)

An article by John Schwartz of the New York Times in the Jan. 23 edition of the Mercury News summarized recent polls indicating that 73 percent of Americans now understand that global warming is happening, and 69 percent are worried about it.

This is great news. But awareness is one thing; action is another. In the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have access to Community Choice Aggregation programs, such as Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy, which buy electricity from renewable sources and provide it directly to customers.

Switching over to these programs is automatic, and a higher percentage of renewable power is provided than is available from PG&E and at a lower price. However, for the cost of a large latte each month, you can sign up for 100 percent renewable power. 

On a personal level, this is one of best actions we can take to combat global warming.

Robert Steele
Redwood City

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