Regardless of your stand on climate change, CO2 does trap heat in the atmosphere.
We know from published accounts of the oil, coal and gas companies how much they sell, and if all their products are burned (a good assumption) there will be enough CO2 added to the atmosphere to double the amount we have already seen. So says the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.
According to a recent study —the REMI report — if this Carbon Fee and Dividend program is adopted, CO2 emissions will decline 33 percent in only 10 years. National employment would increase by 2,100,000 jobs. Thirteen thousand lives would be saved annually due to cleaner atmosphere.
The Carbon Fee and Dividend program would charge producers of fossil fuels a fee for every ton produced. This money would be collected by the federal government and returned to the public in the form of negotiable checks (www.CitizensClimateLobby.org).
— Sheila Maphet