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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Missing in action: the great climate debate
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And so, the lie that America can indefinitely power itself with carbon-intensive fuels extracted from the ground –– at enormous cost to our health and environment –– is perpetuated for yet another election cycle. But we will eventually pay a price for our blissful ignorance. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Earth will continue to warm because we are sending ever more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The ice caps that now cover the Arctic and Greenland will melt, the seas will rise and hurricanes will grow stronger.

And gasoline prices will not decline dramatically because we drill more. Oil is a commodity subject to international price fluctuations dictated by the law of supply and demand. These days, its price is increasingly dictated by China, which is sucking up oil like a teenager downing a milkshake.

We must support green technologies. At least the president acknowledged that fact at Hofstra. Romney only kowtowed to our fossil-fuel industries.

Scott Brinton is senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds and an adjunct professor at the Hofstra University Graduate Journalism Program. Comments? SBrinton@liherald.com or (516) 569-4000 ext. 203. Brinton’s profile and posts can be found at facebook.com/scottabrinton.

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mimitoby1

I couldn't agree more. When I heard the term "clean coal" I couldn't imagine what new technology was used to wash the coal so that the soot and smoke emanating from the burning of coal would suddenly become "clean". Yes. malarkey iris. Clean coal is fiction!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | Report this
mimitoby1

I couldn't agree more. When I heard the term "clean coal" I couldn't imagine what new technology was used to wash the coal so that the soot and smoke emanating from the burning of coal would suddenly become "clean". Yes. malarkey it is. Clean coal is fiction!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | Report this
logicalthinker

clean coal as it is refered to is the addtion of filters to capture harmful emmissions the same technology is used on modern diesel trucks and cars and is effective.Our government should not be using OUR money to invest in clean energy,billions given to privite companies which give back a large campain contrbution than go belly up,where did all that money go,in the ceos bank.The solar companies in this country cannot compete with china which is the big picture of all american manufacturing we can not compete and untill that issue gets addressed it will just be the same result

Monday, October 29, 2012 | Report this
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