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  • 1. Logan Hermanns Mr. Curtiss Journalism and Business Writing September 6, 2012 August this year marked the time at which the U.S. is at a twenty year low for C02 emissions due to the decreasing of coal use across the countries. The cause of this new trend, experts say, is that many large factories and electrical plants are switching from coal to natural gas, which has become cheaper to use than coal is. Natural gas releases significantly less carbon into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is what many know as a greenhouse gas, a gas that traps warm air in the atmosphere, causing polar ice caps and glaciers to melt. This theory of a warming planet due to the containment of carbon dioxide is known as, “Global Warming”, the results of which could threaten the very existence of certain animals and wreak havoc on coastal cities. Most scientists believe that this disaster can certainly be averted, given these new test results. In 2005, 50% of the electricity produced in the U.S. was made by coal. A study done in August of this year shows that that number has certainly decreased to 34%. Even though natural gas still produces carbon dioxide, it is a healthier choice and a good start to a cleaner future. Many large cities and urban populations lie on the coast, and the global economy would collapse if sea levels were to rise as predicted. The cost of imported goods would skyrocket, including petroleum products. The Tok population would certainly be affected as the tourists would stop passing through, due to dramatic increases in gasoline and
  • 2. diesel prices. Because most high school students in the area have tourism related summer work, their jobs would certainly be in danger. Even if one has a job not connected to the seasonal sightseers, they still would be affected due to the reliance the local economy has on the tourism industry. A huge depression would hit the U.S. and billions across the world would be affected. “Energy in America.” Associated PressAugust 17, 2012