Frequently, when an argument is made about human impact on the environment, a solution is also presented. Baxter puts forth the idea of carbon capture as a prospective solution where carbon released from power stations is trapped underneath the seabed and stopped from being released into the atmosphere. My initial inquiry was how effective this solution is and whether or not it is economically plausible. Perhaps Baxter should have included previous results of such a solution along with the advantages and disadvantages of carbon capture. He finishes the article with the proclamation that we must start using less fossil fuel. While this is seems to be an obvious statement, it is still a valid point and effective way to conclude the article. Nevertheless, even though it seems like the most logical thing to do, it is easier said than done. In my opinion, to finish off the article, I feel it would have been even more effective to set promising guidelines to reduce fossil fuel use.
The article is meant to be read by the general public, therefore I think presenting simple ways that everyday citizens can do their part to help reduce the use of fossil fuels would be very strong as well as practical and beneficial. For example, using bio-fuels such as ethanol or biodiesel opposed to gasoline, saving energy at home by using a programmable thermostat, using mass transportation to reduce the number of cars on the road, and using alternative energy sources such as the sun, wind, geothermal, or nuclear energy. Alternative and renewable energy sources are constantly being developed and are readily available. We should therefore make use of these new technologies which will minimize our dependency on fossil fuels. Since burning fossil fuels is the largest contributing factor to CO2 pollution, and we are aware of the consequences of an increase in this pollutant in the atmosphere, it is extremely important we take the necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.