This letter is by Gregory Thayer, of Rutland.
Dear state legislators:
You have it all wrong, and the effects are more detrimental to everyday Vermonters than you are telling the people of our great little state. CO2 is not a bad gas, it’s mandatory in sustaining life on God’s green earth. Please read these facts.
If there was no carbon dioxide gas in the Earth’s atmosphere, the Earth would be dead — our planet will be gone. Now that is catastrophic!
Did you know that fossil fuels are 100% organic, made from the Earth and by the Earth? All life is made up of carbon and CO2 originates from the atmosphere. Further, all of the carbon in fossil fuel energy that we all burn today, or that we use from “friendly” climate control products that you praise, was once in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide before it was consumed by the plankton and plant life. The plankton in our water systems and the plants on land use CO2 to live and provide for us in our every day life.
Plankton and plants are the originators of fossil fuels after the heat and pressure systems in the Earth’s crust. This is an organic and necessary process, and is absolute for our life.
What is carbon dioxide’s meaning? One atom of carbon and two atoms of oxygen, commonly known as CO2. Some agency says we must eliminate CO2 emissions from fossil fuels by 2100. But as I have stated above, CO2 is an organic and necessary process for all living things.
Moreover, carbon dioxide is colorless, odorless, and there is no taste to this gas. Which again, this gas is mandatory for life. (I know how you appreciate mandates.) This gas is a must for all living things in our food chain for survival.
Climate control proponents believe we have too much CO2, but are they correct? Not at this point in human existence on Earth. Carbon dioxide has been part of our life for years and at much higher levels in prior years. Prior to the Cambrian explosion CO2 was 10 times the levels of today. From this perspective, we are living in the low level era of CO2.
For every single Vermonter, please sustain the governor’s veto, go back to the drawing board, and protect our future. This is not the right path.