How does the initiative impact global climate change?


According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in September of 2017 the concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere had risen to 407 parts per million.  They have not been that high in the past three million years, when ocean levels were 60 feet higher than today.  Greenhouse gas concentrations are the major cause of global climate change, the disastrous consequences of which we are beginning to clearly experience.  Powerful hurricanes, massive rain storms, droughts, raging wildfires, record breaking heat increase every month and year.  These are just the beginning of changes that have been set in motion by our reliance on fossil fuels.  The prevailing wisdom of the world’s climate scientists is that we must STOP the release of additional greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. That means leaving existing oil reserves in the ground and transitioning to a clean energy based economy.  In 2014 the Price Canyon oil field produced 59,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas and in 2015 78,000 metric tons.  Any expansion of oil extraction in the County would increase such emissions.