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Industry can handle fallout

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Cap and Trade (AB32), passed by the California Legislature, will tax energy to the point that industrialization will be set back severely. Fuels drive our industrial engine and 86 percent of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels, only 2 percent from alternative forms. Do we really want to go back to the days when agriculture depended on beasts of burden and human energy for output? How about replacing your thermostat with a woodpile that you cut and split yourself? Prior to industrialization, the average household used 40 chords of firewood. That’s a wood pile 4-by-4-by-320 feet. Cap and Trade is touted as a solution to global warming. If I remember right, the polar icecap extended from Sacramento to the North Pole about 50,000 years ago. Now California has a climate we love, and is not frozen tundra. Alarmists claim global warming might cause the oceans to rise one meter in the next 100 years. Is it really scary that the ocean might rise one centimeter (0.4 inches) a year? I think our industrial might is able to handle that (supposing the alarmists are right) if our industrial base is not taxed into oblivion. A yes vote on Proposition 23 will give us time to correct this legislative mistake. John Ashbee, Newcastle