BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS
Fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) powered the industrial and technological revolution that improved many aspects of human life. However, the downsides of fossil fuel extraction and use now pose such threats to the environment, the climate, and human health that new, innovative solutions must provide our energy.
Sustainable Warwick supports reduction of fossil fuel use through conservation, efficiency, and adoption of renewable energy.
The SW Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Committee has also been working against a new fossil fuel plant in Wawayanda, the CPV fracked gas power plant. See About Fracking.
Fossil fuel use results in:
- air, water, and land pollution
- resulting health impacts (cancers, heart disease, asthma, neurological damage, genetic changes, damage to fetuses)
- damage to agriculture
- disruption of ecosystems (mountaintop removal for coal mining, destruction of forests from tar sands and pipelines, pipeline and transportation spills, etc.)
- extinction of species
- conflicts over fossil fuel resources
- rise in greenhouse gases that cause climate change
- resulting increase in sea level rise, extreme floods, extreme storms, wild fires, spread of diseases, political conflicts, climate refugees
- damage to ocean ecosystems such as estuaries and coral reefs
- damage to available water quality and quantity