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What is Global Warming?
Simply put, the greenhouse effect is a natural warming process caused by carbon dioxide and certain other gases always present in the atmosphere. “Global warming” is being amplified by higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and other gases being released through energy use, deforestation, and industrialization.
Energy Use in Residential Homes
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States is the world’s largest single emitter of carbon dioxide, accounting for 19% (www.epa.gov) of energy-related carbon emissions worldwide. Even closer to home - our houses. The DOE also reports heating and cooling systems, which comprise for 54% (www.energy.gov) of the average home’s utility bill, in the United States emit 150 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
Join Us in the Fight Against Global Warming
The topic of climate change is uppermost in many people’s minds and is in the news on a regular basis. In a 2007 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) attributed - with 90% probability - global warming to human-caused greenhouse gas concentrations. The report assessed the research of hundreds of climate studies from more than 130 countries.
In the United States, our greenhouse gas emissions come mostly from energy use. The projected climate change is to be so severe the argument in favor of limiting “greenhouse” gas emissions is compelling.
Deforestation: About 860 acres, the size of Central Park in New York, is destroyed every 15 minutes in the tropics.
(The Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, S. George Philander)
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”