Extend clean fuels initiative
In response to the Jan. 3 editorial recommending a sunset for Oregon’s clean fuels initiative, I offer a different perspective. There is no doubt at all that the world is warming. Among other things, a warmer world means faster evaporation of water from the Earth’s surface. If that surface is land, the evaporation causes drought and creates conditions for wild fires. If the surface is water, faster evaporation puts energy into the atmosphere that is then released as downpours, tornadoes, hurricanes and “superstorms” such as Sandy. Americans and our governments seem willing to pony up the funds to clean up the mess of Sandy and other unnatural disasters with price tags in the billions of dollars.
The Clean fuels initiative is a step in the direction of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and at a very modest price compared to just one cleanup effort. The preponderance of scientists believe that increased carbon dioxide is at least partially responsible for the warming Earth. I’m with them. I’m looking for an “ounce of prevention” with the clean fuels initiative. Join me and ask your state legislator to vote to extend the initiative.