Letter: Is the sky really falling?
President Obama’s insistence that we must further increase energy costs in an attempt to decrease carbon has no merit. Yes, it is undisputable that there is global warming. Yet there is no evidence that turning off coal-burning plants or modifying them to reduce emissions will reduce global warming. So we spend billions of dollars investing in what? While China and Russia and other European countries continue to reap the benefits of lower-cost energy through the use of coal, we are investing in the hope that we can reduce global warming by how much?
Perhaps if we stopped burning coal today we might reduce the average temperature by 0.17 of a degree. It is unimaginable that anyone can justify burdening the middle class, the poor and an economy that continues to limp along as a smart way to use resources and money. Before we jump in with both feet, all at once, in an attempt to reduce carbon – which arguably is a necessary part of existence as we breathe in and out, sharing the same planet with plant life that uses carbon – shouldn’t we ask what the return on our investment be?