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Letter: Curbing pollution is more than an American problem

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Deseret News

While I fully understand the desire of people to do something about climate change, or global warming, or whatever variation of those words they wish to call it, the sad fact of life is that making any progress is going to be far easier said than done. It’s not for lack of trying, or lack of desire to do something, but rather the overall effect would be negligible in the grand scheme of things.  

The problem with it, sadly, lies completely outside the scope or control of anything the U.S. could do, and that’s not just due to a lack of technology (which does exist to some degree), but the fact that the world’s largest polluters lie outside the United States. As it stands, China is responsible for about 30% of all the carbon dioxide emissions in the world. They regularly use not only coal power, but dirty coal systems with few, if any environmental protections.  

The sad fact here is that until you can get China to do something about its pollution, any changes or actions you take to counter climate change here in the U.S., is going to be about as effective as (to use a phrase) screaming into a hurricane.

Damien Wright

Salt Lake City