Climate change is real and mankind is causing it. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century to today, about 200 years, we have burned carbon in the form of oil, gas, and coal that Nature took billions of years to lock away.
The planet’s temperature is rising. More carbon in our atmosphere also means that our oceans are becoming more acidic.
That threatens our coral reefs, the foundation of our ocean’s food chain. Once the reefs die, the oceans will not be far behind.
But it is not too late. We need to a 21st Century Manhattan Project to hurry the development of green, renewable energy sources. And we need to step research to make carbon remediation quick and affordable.
Investing in clean and renewable energy, including wind, solar, tidal, and hydrogen fuel cell technology, will have the added benefit of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and the threats, both explicit and implicit from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel and Russia. We also need to enact legislation that will ensure that a wide variety of fuel sources are available at our service stations.
We also need to increase transparency of our domestic energy production. We should require oil and gas drillers to disclose what fracking chemical they are using. We also need to continue the ban on offshore oil drilling along Florida’s coasts. And we need to ensure that oil companies and their contractors and subcontractors are fully financially responsible for any spills, including cleanup costs, environmental damage, and individual loss.