Burn, Baby Burn

There is little doubt that the Earth is getting warmer.  You can deny it if you wish, but the evidence is becoming irrefutable.  Most of the debate now centers on whether burning fossil fuels is causing the warming.  Regardless of the cause, adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere right now is like throwing gasoline on a fire.  The human race is currently spewing over 34 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.  Reducing that amount requires reducing the use of fossil fuels, as they are the largest source of carbon dioxide.

Coal-fired power generating plants are the largest single source of this greenhouse gas, as well as soot, sulfur dioxide, and mercury.  Many of these generating plants have no emissions controls, such as scrubbers to remove sulfur dioxide, or particulate absorption  devices.  Alternative sources of energy are becoming much cheaper, including natural gas, solar, and wind power.  It does not really matter what is causing the Earth to get warmer, what matters is whether we stop contributing to the warming.

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2 Responses to “Burn, Baby Burn”

  1. The Badass Constitution Says:

    Amen! Thank you. One other heavy contributer that is often missed: cows–factory farming. HUGE source of methane emissions–the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the US, according to the EPA (http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html).

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  2. scootwhoman Says:

    Yes, and methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas. Got milk? Is it curdled from the heat?

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