Who’s the culprit?
The current Congress of the United States and the Obama administration have decided to mandate that carbon emissions be controlled. It’s not just the evil big businesses that are responsible for the emissions of the damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. It’s you and me. Heating homes, driving cars, flying in airplanes, turning on lights causes carbon emissions. In fact, our homes and our personal transportations are the primary sources of carbon emissions. You may remember from early biology class that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out CO2. And trees and plants help us and the environment out by inhaling CO2 and emitting oxygen. But the trees can’t keep up. We’ve been cutting them down with a vengeance. Not just for furniture and paper products, but to make room for new housing developments.
What can the average American do?
Things as simple as turning on a light contribute to the problem and are part of a family’s carbon footprint. So, turning off lights and unplugging appliances and computers are simple thing we can do. In 2008 the fuel shortage and soaring gasoline prices got Americans to cut back on unnecessary driving. Hence, for selfish, financial reasons, people started watching and limiting their usage of that particular resource – gasoline. We weathered a three year draught in the Atlanta, Georgia area in the United States. That caused many to modify their behavior around water use. All of which are “go green” tactics.
Is Green heating up?
The climate change and more specifically global warming is concerning many. The impact of air pollution and toxin is concerning others. Bottom line, this whole “Go Green” movement is about honoring the planet earth and its inhabitants both now and into the future.
Sustainability is achieved when we use resources at a rate that does not exceed the rate at which those resources are naturally renewed. Apparently we are out of balance. We can’t affect or influence the resource renewal rate, but we can control and make better choices about our usage of natural resources. That’s what the going green movement is all about.
So What are Americans to do?
The objective of H.R.2454 – American Clean Energy And Security Act of 2009 is to create green clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming, pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. The Cap-and-Trade Bill, the original version of this HR2454 legislation, has passed the House of Representatives. The “trade” part of Cap-and-Trade requires carbon offsetting. First there is the concept of carbon footprint which is a measure of the amount of greenhouse gases are produced. Once a household or business has had an energy audit or otherwise determined its carbon footprint, then the corresponding carbon offset credits must be purchased from carbon emission reduction projects.
President Obama’s administration and the supportive Democratic controlled U.S. Congress are mandating that businesses reduce their carbon footprint. Business and industry, of course, pass the cost of compliance on to the consumer. A growing number of consumers are willing to pay more for healthier, non-toxic products. The “go green” initiatives in the United States will add more cost to the services and products. Is it worth the sacrifice? Is going green worth the cost? You decide.
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