November 18, 2012

The Nov. 15 front-page article “Shale gas reshaping the U.S. industrial landscape” showed how shale gas is revitalizing the U.S. economy and environment. Days earlier, the International Energy Agency’s found that the United States will probably be the world’s largest oil producer by 2017 and a net exporter by 2030. Together, shale oil and gas give hope for major economic, environmental and geopolitical improvements around the world.

But Stephen Stromberg [“A worrisome climate message,” Post Partisan, Nov. 15] dourly says that the United States may “just about meet” its 2020 goal of cutting greenhouse emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels (no other nation will meet its goal). He bemoans the lack of a post-2020 plan from the president to end global warming forever.

The outlook is much improved; stop moping, and let’s move on.

John L. Rafuse, Alexandria