Why leave SLO County oil resources in the ground when we could use them now?

A:

The oil reserves underlying San Luis Obispo are very heavy crudes and are some of the “dirtiest” on earth in terms of their carbon, sulfur, and other toxic elements.  Their extraction is energy intensive with a large carbon footprint.  In short, the production and consumption of these oils adds more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere at a time in history when we cannot afford to do so.  In addition, the oil from San Luis Obispo is refined by Phillips 66 and shipped primarily to Asia and India.  Conserving our County oil resources for future local generations to possibly use, after we have lowered atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses that fuel global climate change, makes good economic, environmental, and public health sense.