When I read in The Tribune (Jan. 26) that President Barack Obama was proposing to designate the oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as permanently off-limits to oil drilling, I applauded. Then, the next day I read in The Tribune, “White House floats plan to open swath of Atlantic Coast to drilling,” and I despaired.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that human activity is the significant cause of global warming. CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as oil, substantially contribute to this warming effect, so instead of drilling for additional oil, more incentives for increasing carbon neutral sources of energy are needed.
Proposed carbon feedividend legislation would do that, and it would reduce CO2 emissions by 52 percent in 20 years, according to a June 2014 REMI study prepared for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. In this plan, a fee is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source, and all the money collected is returned to American households.
Last year was the hottest year on record. If oil production continues or increases, I fear what our weather will be like in 20 years. We must make a change from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy now.