Coal Persists Despite Record CO2 levels

The recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment from 13 Federal government agencies details the damage to our environment and economy and significantly increasing damage if drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions don’t occur now.

“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur.” from the Overview of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

“For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed “safe.”” Washington Post

A recent opinion piece in the Des Moines Register, “Opinion: Wind-energy expansion is great, but why is MidAmerican hanging on to coal?” by Elizabeth Katt Reinders says “MidAmerican Energy deserves congratulations on the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval this week of its “Wind XII” wind project and recognition for its continued advancement of clean energy. But without a meaningful plan to deal with its coal problem, MidAmerican’s “100% clean energy vision” is not much more than a shiny marketing slogan. A truly bright future will require MidAmerican to move beyond coal.”

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