by Carol Stirling, Boise First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boise, Idaho
In early May, the most important CO2 observatory in the nation measured 400 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere, for the first time ever. The increase in carbon in the air is causing the Earth’s temperature to rise and is causing dramatic climate changes that are harming people and other life forms on Earth. The side effects of burning fossil fuels have proven to be more harmful than we expected, because the burning process releases chemicals into the air we breathe. The CO2 released into the upper atmosphere serve as a blanket over the earth that prevents the heat from escaping normally. Our goal should be to decrease the use of fossil fuels and encourage and invest in alternative energies such as solar and wind.
Idaho’s abundant renewable energy resources can fill a critical role in creating and maintaining a clean energy for Idaho. Idaho has available supplies of almost all known renewable energy resources to meet future needs. Idaho has lots of sun, lots of wind and geothermal heat that can meet our energy needs if we commit to developing these resources.