By Scott Laskey
Fossil Fuels are natural fuels such as coal or gas, formed in the earth over long periods of time, from the remains of living organisms.
All Fossil fuels can be used as energy sources – common examples are tar sands, bitumens, heavy oils and petroleum. They are the remains of organic matter originally derived from photosynthetic processes. Though fossil fuels have been created over millions of years, they first started being used on a large scale as a source of energy in 1835 – a time known as the industrial revolution.
All fossil fuels are derived from carbon based organisms. Although carbon is one of the most abundant elements and is regarded as the basis of life due to its chemical properties, it has also been the root cause of climate change because it is released when burned. Since humans have begun to use these natural sources of energy to live, there has been a direct correlation with both global warming and ocean acidification.
At Sandbar, we pride ourselves in decreasing Santa Cruz and Central Coast’s carbon footprint, house by house and business by business.
We harness solar energy to power our needs, not only to decrease cost, but to preserve our ozone layer. We offer a long term solution for a problem that urgently needs to be addressed.
There is concrete evidence to support the prediction that we will run out of fossil fuels by 2088. This fact, combined with the atmospheric destruction we are causing from the carbon dioxide emissions produced by burning coal, demands that we turn to more sustainable energy sources.
We are raising awareness and offering renewable energy to a planet in need. Let’s get ahold of the big picture – starting with Santa Cruz.
– Kenzie M. Earle
“As more and more people understand what’s at stake, they become a part of the solution, and share both in the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crises.”
– Al Gore
Scott is the founder of Sandbar Solar. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, Scott has an NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught many high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs. Scott enjoys sharing his knowledge of the evolving renewable energy space and making a difference in his community.
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