Many of us realize that increasing our fossil fuels usage will increase the levels of carbon emissions that are a significant factor in our escalated climate change. I believe by now with all the forest fires, flooding, and drought across the nation that the climate is changing at a rapid rate.
Oregon State University is a leader in renewable energy and non-carbon emission energy sources. Last week I attended an OSU event on NuScale, a globally tested and proven safe modern nuclear power plant design. Besides solar, hydro, or wind energy, my favorite renewable source is wave energy. (We have fairly well peaked out on hydro and wind.) The OSU wave energy test site off the Oregon coast will be the first pre-permitted full scale utility grid-connected wave energy site in the U.S. It is scheduled for operation in 2020.
Since our culture is based on the mighty dollar, the idea of a carbon tax promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby would help fund more renewable energy plants such as solar and wave energy.
When it comes to helping our living environment I see the promotion of increasing fossil fuel production such as oil and coal as "negative" energy. Little Donny’s promoting "negative" energy is exhausting in many ways.
So I encourage us all to be active in promoting and supporting more "positive" energy sources such as the implementation of a carbon tax to increase the production of solar and wave energy.
Fred E. Shaub
Corvallis (Oct. 7)