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Letter: U.S. can't have it both ways on fossil fuels

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while speaking at a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Nov. 10, 2013. Credit: AP

Bravo to Secretary of State John Kerry for saying unequivocally what needs to be said about climate science and climate change ["Kerry to talk climate," News, Feb. 16.]

The climate is changing primarily because of warming caused by carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Kerry is correct to support a global shift to renewable and sustainable energy, and he cites the president as a champion of this shift.

But not so fast. Although I support Barack Obama, I see a huge disconnect. Millions of acres across 23 states have been opened to gas and oil exploration; and more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil is being drilled. Obama told a crowd in Oklahoma in 2012: "We're actually producing so much oil and gas in places like North Dakota and Colorado that we don't have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it to where it needs to go."

How are we helping to reduce carbon emissions if we cut our domestic use and export the fossil fuels to other countries? Does the entire planet not share one atmosphere?

Monica Weiss, Jamaica