the EPA’s proposed carbon emission standards and humanity

This post is a little different. It’s mostly just the text of a comment I sent via e-mail to the EPA regarding its proposed regulations to cut carbon emissions. It’s fairly self-explanatory. If you’ve had your head in a Fox News echo chamber cave, you should get up to date on the serious environmental problems that all species on Earth must contend with. Something I should mention: until a few years ago, I was skeptical that climate change was as thoroughly anthropogenic as climate scientists claimed. At some point I concluded that the evidence was overwhelming– things like solar flares and volcanoes could not plausibly be blamed for the extent of recent global warming.

EPA Carbon Standards e-mail
In Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602
To whom it concerns,
I want to take a few moments to express my reluctant support for the proposed carbon-emission standards. My support is reluctant only because I worry that the new rules may be insufficient to save us from the developing environmental catastrophe. I would consider the proposed standards to represent a compromise with the various industrial interests who have come out in force against them, and, at this point, it is apparent that these interests will oppose anything that might impede their freedom to pollute the planet that we share with them.
I am young enough that I expect to still be alive and, obviously, affected by whatever state of carbon pollution we as a species must deal with in 2030; but I am also old enough to have seen the public discourse on global warming and related problems shift from skepticism about the anthropogenic theory to belated acceptance of it. A core of hardliners continues to oppose the scientific consensus—and the reason I feel I should comment is that I am certain that an army of lobbyists and ignorant talking heads will oppose even the modest plan announced by the EPA. Many of them are paid to do so, and the others simply seem unwilling to accept the horrible reality of climate change. While the proposed regulations may be too late or too weak or take too long to implement, they constitute a significant move toward dealing with the gigantic problems that humanity must now confront or face possible extinction in a matter of centuries. The industrial interests had their way long enough, and it is imperative that the government not allow them to hijack this process.

Zachary J. Smith, Esq.
P.O. Box 2597
South Portland, ME 04116


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