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While climate change has brought CO2 to the forefront, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel energy sources have always been the common denominator in a broad variety of social, environmental, and economic issues.  Some of these issues are briefly summarized below:

The Carbon Denominator

        Energy costs paid by the community, exposure to inflationary pressures induced by a finite resource, and energy intensity of economic output


        Reliance on finite, often imported, fossil fuel energy sources that consume large amounts of fresh water


        Smog, particulates, and other local community pollution levels, in addition to numerous other toxic pollutants


        Costly social impacts, such as to public health, that occur during the extraction, refining, and ultimate consumption of fossil fuels


        Ocean acidification, fossil fuel extraction in sensitive environments leading to ecosystem disruption, and other serious environmental issues such as climate change

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