EPA’s Clean Power Plan
“The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels.” It’s a noble effort on the part of the Environmental Protection Agency, but this may all end up being a matter of too little too late. The key word here is “help.” It will slow down the greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere, but it will not stop or reverse the damage that has been done. The storms and the droughts we have been experiencing will continue to get worse, the oceans will continue to rise and acidify.
For the last 800,000 years, natural atmospheric CO2 has remained between 180 to 300 parts per million. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, we have seen a steady correlation between fossil fuel use and increasing atmospheric CO2 resulting in a 40 percent increase since the middle of the 18th century. It is an unprecedented increase of which many around the world have already felt the consequences.
This is not a matter of politics as usual and I have little sympathy for corporations who keep fighting the need to change. This is a matter of what will be a drastically altered lifestyle that will affect every population worldwide if nothing seriously is done. We can either take it upon ourselves to change gracefully and rapidly by choice, or be thrown to the wolves through our own lack of concern, desire or the acceptance of corporate propaganda, to make the necessary changes needed to divert a serious culture and life-threatening disaster.
Jeff E. Bush