To the editor:
Global warming is seriously damaging environments around the globe, primarily in their ability to produce food. Seventy percent of the worldwide wheat crop was lost several years ago because of widespread droughts. Do we seriously contemplate playing Russian Roulette with our children’s heat-shrinking future food supply by encouraging tar-sands oil, which has four times the global warming effect as normal oil because of its extremely high carbon content?
Instead, we need major subsidies for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy research and development, as Germany and other countries have so successfully implemented — genuinely growing and strengthening their economies in vital response to devastating global warming, rather than exacerbated it yet more as the Keystone XL pipeline would. Our children will pay dearly if this pipeline is built for the primary benefit of already vastly wealthy dirty energy interests.
The current levels of ongoing U.S. taxpayer-forced funding for dirty-energy subsidies shrinks public subsidies for clean energy efficiencies and renewable energy into insignificance, per the Rocky Mountain Institute among other very knowledgeable observers. It’s runaway capitalism at its worst, seriously ravaging the very environment upon which all economies are totally dependent.
Will you publicly speak out for reversing the massive tax subsidies’ imbalances away from planet-destructive dirty energy empires and instead placing the majority of public energy subsidies into energy efficiencies and clean solar and wind instead?