Thank you for publishing Rocky Barker’s article about Idaho’s oil and gas industry (July 7). Many Idaho citizens aren’t thrilled about the possibility of air and water contamination resulting from oil and gas extraction/distribution. In addition, the oil and gas industry is a major source of leaked methane, a greenhouse gas that’s much more potent than carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gas emissions are changing our climate, and as Mr. Barker pointed out in his July 11 article, Idaho’s fire season has become more challenging and expensive because it’s hotter and drier. Climate change will likely impact Idaho negatively in other ways: less snowfall, earlier snowmelt, and lower reservoirs during the summer and fall. We need to phase out our dependence on fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal, and start using clean energy like solar and wind. Congress can facilitate this shift in energy use by putting a fee on fossil fuels and distributing the dollars collected to U.S. residents. We should contact our representatives in Washington, D.C. (Sen. Crapo, Sen. Risch, Rep. Labrador and Rep. Simpson), thank them for their service, and request that they support carbon fee and dividend. This is the best solution for mitigating climate change.
Elizabeth Roberts, Eagle