Climate activists disrupted the start of Sempra Energy’s Workers’ Day in downtown San Diego.
Up to a dozen people physically blocked the entrance to the Fortune 500 company’s underground parking lot, making it difficult for company employees to get to work.
Sempra is the parent company of San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Gas.
“They want to position themselves as a truly sustainable transition company as we transition to clean energy, but that’s really not the case,” said Phil Petrie of San Diego 350, a local climate advocacy group. . “They mainly deal with methane and methane is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas.
Pertie said society contributes to global warming which intensifies the impact of hurricanes, wildfires and droughts.
“Every time you burn fossil fuels, you release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and CO2 is what causes global warming,” Petrie said.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising, according to Petrie, raising the bar for the severity of extreme weather events.
San Diego 350 says the energy company is building more fossil fuel production and distribution facilities so it can boost liquefied natural gas exports.
They want Sempra to stop expanding its fossil fuel portfolio and lower energy prices.
The advocacy group says Sempra is profiting from soaring energy prices, which is creating financial hardship for a quarter of its customers.
“The fact is, sustainability is at the heart of our business strategy,” Sempra Energy said in an emailed statement. carbon energy sources such as hydrogen and renewable natural gas.