Letter to the Editor:

What difference does it make who is or who will become the president of the United States? Congress makes the laws, not the president.

Wouldn’t it be nice if just one of the presidential candidates would have a simple plan of how to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere other than by eliminating all existing fossil fuel-burning vehicles and aircraft?

According to a continuous study conducted by NASA’s Goddard Institute, the Earth’s average global temperature has risen only 1.4 degrees since 1880, i.e. 139 years.

Scientists have concluded that human population growth is the primary cause of CO2 increases in the atmosphere. A 2009 study of the relationship between population growth and global warming determined that just one child can produce 20 times more greenhouse gases than a person will save by driving a high mileage car, recycling, using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, etc.

Each child born in the United States will add about 9,441 metric tons of CO2 to the carbon legacy of an average parent. Clearly, the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle.

The rise of the carbon legacy is loosely tied to consumption patterns.

Under current conditions, a child born in the United States will be responsible for almost seven times the carbon emissions of a child born in China and 168 times the impact of a child born in Bangladesh.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the United States to enforce our existing immigration laws and change them to further restrict immigration?

I also believe that the members of the Democratic Congress need to concentrate on solving the United States’ greenhouses gases problems instead of trying to impeach the president.

David Sweeney

Three Lakes