Global Warming Update

Global Warming continues to be a crisis at the threshold of imminent meltdown with numbers showing record breaking temperatures for this April and May. Last month was the warmest May on record, with the month's temperature anomaly slightly below 1 at .99 as compared with previous months of May going back to1850. This past April was also the warmest April on record worldwide. This May also included historically colder conditions in North America, Eastern Europe, India and Australia. In fact, with respect to the global temperatures Berkeley Earth estimates regions in the United States, Canada, India, Australia and Eastern Europe showed a temperature anomaly in negative numbers for the month. The extremely positive negative numbers translate the impact of an economic shutdown on the environment in response to coronavirus. The record temperature highs for the planet relate to an unusually sharp increase in the temperature anomaly over Russia that soared well above 5 this January - May, 2020. "This is not only a record for the largest January to May temperature anomaly observed in Russia, it is also a record for the largest January to May temperature anomaly ever observed in any country’s national average." (Berkeley Earth) Why is Russia so hot? It could be the combination of China's spew as it travels north and what pollution the country generates on its own. Certainly, the coupling has mitigated the positive air pollution and temperature results found here, in the US, as well as Eastern Europe, Canada, India and Australia. In fact, the numbers this year show that Asia is a source of pollution that endangers our planet to the degree that even an economic shut down in the US and other parts of the world wouldn't be enough to put a stop to it. Other factors that were more than offset by Asia's pollution levels included our own closure of several coal generated electric plants as well as the many who have purchased electric/hybrid vehicles and switched to pellet fuel. It's just that we're not out of the woods. Over the years, many Americans have been making the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, spurred by a generous tax credit that, as of the end of 2020, will end. The tax credit assisted in shifting consumer acceptance of electric/hybrid vehicles at a time when only few Americans would dare to drive them. Now, auto makers have introduced numerous electric/hybrid SUV's and even one all electric 18 wheeler- from Tesla. The problem is that the generous tax credit that has provided a much needed impetus to assist in the fight against Global Warming will be gone. It is scheduled to end this December 31, 2020. I firmly oppose ending the tax credit that enabled so many to afford electric/hybrid vehicles. I urge people to write to their federal lawmakers to keep the tax credit alive. The United States can easily continue the march forward to an environmentally friendly economy that fosters freedom, competition, entrepreneurship, and new technology, as well as safe environmental practices that will ensure a reversal of Global Warming. The closure of coal fired electrical plants, the availability and purchase of a variety of electric/hybrid vehicles and renewable heating fuel are happening now. Consumers and businesses are moving this country forward at a sure and steady pace. It's time, however, that the United States gets tough on Russia and China concerning pollution and Global Warming. China is, by far, the worst culprit. Pollution from Asia also includes contaminants from industry discarded into soil and waterways. I found on the Internet the following stats regarding water pollution in China: 40% of China’s water supply is polluted to unsafe drinking levels 50% of China is dependent on this tainted water for survival 14 billion pounds of plastics are dumped into the ocean each year 80% of wastewater contaminates groundwater after treatment Humans add 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated wastewater into water supply each year How can we fight for our planet when the source isn't ourselves? We need to address this question in such a way that solves the problem in the near term. Opening a dialog that includes productive collaboration with our engineers that have proven success may certainly be a start. Placing restrictions or quotas on imports into this country should pollution exceed certain levels from the exporter may be another. We should consider protecting our planet along with US companies and interests. Efforts going forward can easily include references to standards of excellence that protect the environment found in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. What I outline above is a two-stage process. Other countries may certainly enjoy the effort, as Global Warming affects us all. The future impact of the current trajectory, though paused, will surely be felt throughout the world. The work of solving this problem needs to start immediately.

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