To The Herald-Whig:
Regardless of one's beliefs about climate change -- I personally believe that the climate has always been changing -- the following numbers seem relevant.
Total global carbon dioxide emissions are 36,000 million metric tons. The entire U.S. coal and natural gas electric power generation fleet contribution is 2,000 million metric tons. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for these power plants aims to reduce CO2 by 730 million metric tons, or about 2 percent of current total global emissions. By 2030, it is likely that the 2 percent will be closer to 1 percent.
Are we to believe that this meager reduction will fix climate change? It will cause electric rates to increase with virtually no impact on global CO2 levels. Missouri gets 80 percent of its energy from coal-fired power plants.
The poor and elderly in the U.S. and particularly in Missouri are being asked to bear a very heavy burden for a regulation that will produce nothing but increasing electric rates.
Douglas H. Aeilts
CEO and general manager
Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative