As beforehand talked about, there’s a naive perspective held by some that the U.S. can shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources of power instantly or almost instantly.
Another instance of this naivete has introduced itself in our neighboring state, Maryland: Legislation despatched to Gov. Larry Hogan to vary an already bold purpose for reducing carbon emissions within the state to a 60% discount from 2006 ranges by 2031.
Hogan, who has constructed a stable report as an inexpensive, center-right governor, calls the change “reckless” and an power tax. His spokesman instructed the Associated Press, “there could not be a worse time to raise energy prices for consumers and businesses, as this bill would do.”
We agree. We are also troubled by the obliviousness of Maryland legislators to the burden that in the present day’s gasoline costs and heating payments are for Americans — particularly working-class and middle-class Americans.
We help a shift to extra renewable power. But that shift needs to be realistically gradual, acknowledge that additional technological developments are needed and embrace pure gasoline — an plentiful useful resource in West Virginia and the U.S. that burns cleaner than another types of power — as a part of the transition.
Anything else is extra unacceptable naivete and obliviousness.