Carbon Controversy

Half of the nation of the United States of America will witness the spectacle of the highest state government officials challenge the carbon emission cutting initiative established by the Obama administration. At the center of this new regulation are coal powered power plants, just one small part of a strategy to tackle the problem of climate change.

Out of one hundred senators, forty-nine put their stamp of approval on a measure that expresses their disapproval to the plan. Forty-seven of those forty-nine are actually prepared to legally challenge the administration’s expectation of constructing entirely new coal power plants in order to comply with the new standards. Obama has declared he will veto this challenge if the measure passes.

I totally understand that our world is on a path of self-destruction. Although I’m a firm believer that to a degree there are patterns and cycles at work that naturally reshape the Earth’s climate over time, I have no doubt that the pollution contributed by mankind has exacerbated the problem and rapidly sped up the time line. I have no doubt that the world of two or three generations from now will be completely unrecognizable as the world we know today. I believe this process of change is inevitable and all we can do now is minimize the painfulness of change. It’s easy to shrug off the problem and let our great-great-great grandchildren worry about, but that is not the legacy I want to be connected with. A gradual change, easing into a different culture and lifestyle all over the globe, is the legacy we should all begin to build for the generations we leave behind.

This energy plan that is meeting so much resistance leads the U.S. in the direction of reducing CO2 power plant emissions by over thirty percent what levels were in the year 2005. This is what the United States pledged to the United Nations. As one of the wealthiest and advanced nations within this global body, it is important that the country lead by example.

Non-supporters of the new policy believe it will hamper economic growth during a time when the nation is still recovering from a deep recession. It is believed it will especially devastate areas that rely on the coal industry for a vital job market of employment.

Now, none of this has happened in secret or overnight. For years climate change information has been growing in abundance as well as reliability. Technology is widely available to realistically create models that predict the path of evolution this planet is travelling. If power plants and the petroleum industry are seeing the same writing on the wall we are all seeing, why, if they are so concerned about the future of their employees, have they not diverted resources to develop viable alternative energy solutions? I hope the Obama administration takes a strong position because I for one would like to see my country not embarrass itself on the world stage any longer by prioritizing profits over the future quality of life for all people on the planet.