More than 90 percent of climate scientists attribute global warming in large part to the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity. Many Republican candidates don’t believe this. They believe it would be alright to create jobs by reducing environmental safeguards and drilling and digging for more fossil fuels to burn to create energy.
If you liked the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico wait until you see one in the Arctic. So what if benzene, a carcinogen, is released in fracking of shale to release oil and natural gas? Let’s ease regulations. So what if it means worse air and water quality?
We should be using funding for increasing the electric grid to reach wind farms and solar arrays generating electricity without air and water pollution or adding excessive CO2 to the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. We need research and development on fuels from algae, a renewable resource. These fuels could run our airplanes, trucks and train locomotives.
Sure, we have to raise money to do these things. The oil, gas and coal companies won’t help. Higher taxes on those who make more than $250,000 annually and eliminating subsidies to oil companies would help pay for this greener renewable energy. Jobs would be created and pollution and global warming would be reduced.
Electing those who would create jobs through support of research on and development of green energy and extending the electric grid, instead of those who would relax vital regulations, and increase drilling and digging as a quick fix, would do this. Future generations will thank us.
Carl Russ, Stevensville
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