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October 18, 2017

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letter to the editor:

Let’s not rush alternative energy

The statistics proving global warming are pretty believable. But those used to prove carbon dioxide as the cause exclude so many potential variables that the conclusion is a lot less likely.

If the majority of scientists who believe CO2 is the cause of global warming understood the statistics, they would probably back away from their conclusion.

So I disagree with clean energy enthusiasts like the writer of the Jan. 30 letter “Clean energy can save our planet” who believes that alternative energy is an immediate necessity. The writer supports the argument by saying that greenhouse gases are primarily emitted by the United States and our irresponsible behavior must be mitigated through clean energy that will be more economical for consumers.

But the total CO2 emissions in the United States are only about one sixth of the world’s total, way behind China. And the solar plants that are supplying power at two to three times the cost of gas generation plants are far from being economical.

It’s time to slow down. We need to do the science and at a minimum wait until the alternative energy becomes affordable.

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