Support, and a Key Fuel, for Fighting Global Warming
Arecent poll by The Post, ABC News and Stanford University correctly found that Americans see global warming as a leading threat [news story, April 20].
However, the Center for American Progress’s recent poll contradicts The Post’s reporting that there is “little public agreement” about solutions. In fact, our poll found that two-thirds of the public support an increase in gas mileage standards and the requirement that one-quarter of electricity come from wind, solar and other clean alternatives. Nearly 60 percent also favor capping and then reducing global warming pollution.
This public support should provide the impetus for public officials to adopt these policies to slow global warming.
DANIEL J. WEISS Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy
Center for American Progress
The issues surrounding global climate change policies are serious and require immediate action, but an improper or hasty resolution of this debate could have extreme implications for America’s oil and natural gas producers and for the entire nation.
Without judging whether the scientific issues surrounding global climate are settled, any climate change policy must include all major countries that emit greenhouse gases, and it must recognize clean-burning natural gas as a critical tool for reducing emissions.
Climate change proposals inevitably compel greater demand for natural gas. No climate change approach should be adopted unless it includes mechanisms to ensure access to American natural gas. Natural gas has been the fuel of choice for new electricity generation. It is essential for the production of biofuels, both as a fuel and a component of fertilizers. It is the feedstock or the process heating source for the manufacture of energy conservation materials, energy-efficient products and alternative energy technologies.
Consequently, no global climate program should result in disincentives — or worse, constraints — on American oil and natural gas production that would have the effect of increasing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.
President Independent Petroleum Association of America