To the editor:
The world’s emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas are expected to rise by 43 percent by 2035, barring agreements to reduce output of gases blamed for warming the planet, the top U.S. energy forecaster said on May 25.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel sources should rise from 29.7 billion tons in 2007 to about 42.4 billion tons in 2035, the Energy Information Administration said in its annual long-term energy outlook.
This, would be a global tragedy that far exceeds the Gulf oil spill because humanity needs to reduce greenhouse emissions by a similar amount rather than allow them to rise any amount. Achieving this kind of reduction will require innovative new approaches that require new technologies that allow humanity to repower with alternative renewable energy and greatly reduce the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.
I’ve made a proposal to the city of Lawrence by appearing before the Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) that, if accepted, would provide a pathway for Lawrence to follow in the creation of several hundred good-paying jobs at the former Farmland fertilizer plant site, or other area location, manufacturing new concept repowering equipment. Eileen Horn, the new city-county sustainability coordinator, was present, as well as several members of the board.
I believe the people of Lawrence should be made aware of this proposal.