Preventing climate crisis
“Climate change is real” (July 12) gets it right. I’d like to add that natural gas does more than just add pollution to our air, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is much more powerful than CO2, making it just as bad a ghg emitter as coal.
Fortunately, we can now replace polluting fossil fuels with clean energy in time to prevent “catastrophic” climate change (National Academy of Sciences) and it won’t have to cost us anything. In fact, it will have massive economic rewards.
The Evergreen Economy Plan, a new, detailed, 30-page version of the Green New Deal’s energy plan shows that two-thirds of the cost of transition to clean energy will be paid by private investment (Google vox.comEvergreen).
The rest of the cost will be more than offset by a $500 billion annual increase in U.S. GDP (IPCC) because rapidly scaling up solar and wind power will make them “essentially free” by 2030 (Financial Times, UBS, August 2018).
The Evergreen/GND plan will also create over 8 million high-wage, local, permanent (40-year) green jobs that can’t be outsourced and will have good benefits.
We can do even better by adding carbon dividends, a bill now in on the floor of Congress, HR 763, which would make the fossil fuel mega-corporations that knowingly created the climate crisis (scientificamerican.com, ucsusa.org) pay to fix it (citizensclimatelobby.org).
Pete Kuntz, Colorado