Wyoming is a good illustration of the daunting political and economic challenges we face in replacing dirty sources of energy with renewables (“Wyoming emits the most carbon dioxide per person,” March 1). Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has called the EPA’s efforts to curtail greenhouse emissions “a war on coal” and is skeptical about manmade climate change.
Of all the states in the union, Wyoming leads in the category of most CO2 emissions per person, a whopping 112 metric tons per citizen. California, by comparison, produces 9 metric tons. According to an Associated Press report, “Burning coal — nearly all of it to make electricity — accounted for 69.2 percent of Wyoming’s CO2 emissions, twice the U.S. average.”
There is a good reason global warming is topping the news these days, and we see the evidence all around us in melting ice caps, extreme weather, acidifying oceans and rising global temperatures.
Climate change is the most serious problem facing our generations. Being a climate denier and failing to take action to curb CO2 emissions threatens life on our planet. Future generations are depending on us to turn things around. The United States must take leadership on climate change.