Comments on Delaware Climate Action Plan (Whipple)
I would respectfully submit that a much better explanation of this plan will be required than has been offered to date. Proponents might begin by answering the following questions. 1. Who is ICF, and why were they chosen to conduct this survey?
2. Isn’t it true that the primary greenhouse gas (GHG) in the atmosphere is water vapor, which comprises some 3-5% of the atmosphere (versus less than .05% of the atmosphere for CO2)? Is water vapor included in the GHGs that it is proposed to reduce; if not, why not?
3. What is the scientific basis for believing that CO2 emissions resulting from human activity (which are considerably smaller than CO2 emissions from natural sources) have become the prime driver for global climate, superseding fluctuations in solar activity and other natural factors that have driven the Earth’s constantly changing climate over the past 4+ billion years?
5. Assuming it would be advantageous to reduce human-caused CO2 emissions by decarbonizing power generation, what alternative energy sources should be used? Why do environmental advocates typically favor wind and solar power versus, say, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, hydroelectric or geothermal power? Would a cost increase be involved, and if so who would be expected to cover it? If there would be no cost increase, why should government intervention be required?
6. Due to their intermittency, wind and solar power couldn’t be used to drive the power grid on the 24/7 basis that consumers need. If fossil fuels were eliminated, what reliable energy sources would be used to drive the grid?
7. Have the environmental drawbacks of wind and solar power been considered, e.g., use of vast areas of the natural environment, bird kills, pollution resulting from the production of rare earth minerals, etc.?
8. Given that the entire United States only emits about 15% of global human-caused CO2 emissions and our country’s share of the global total is declining, what possible reason is there for worrying about the amount of CO2 emissions from Delaware?